The World of International Organizations

Biden U.N. pick signals U.S. return to alliances

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, then U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, visits Namibia in October 2016 (AN/U.S. Embassy Namibia)

(AN) — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement on Monday that veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as Cabinet-level U.S. ambassador to the United Nations signals America’s pivot back to multilateralism.

G-20 pledges global access to vaccines

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman speaks at the opening of the G-20 summit (AN/G-20 Saudi Arabia)

(AN) — Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies ended a summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on Sunday with a joint promise to make COVID-19 vaccines affordable and equally accessible for all and to support the U.N. health agency.

NASA launch to Space Station signals new era

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with four astronauts headed for the International Space Station (AN/Mike Vrbanic)

(AN) — The first privately owned and operated spacecraft certified by NASA to fly people launched successfully into orbit and docked with the International Space Station on Monday night, carrying four astronauts as part of a new business-supported era of space exploration.

Libyan sides agree to 2021 nationwide elections

U.N.-brokered peace talks in Tunisia among Libya's warring sides (AN/UNSMIL)

(AN) — Libya’s two main warring factions agreed to hold nationwide elections for the presidency and parliament on December 24, 2021, the U.N. acting envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, told a news conference on Friday.

Days after election, U.S. rights under inspection

A Milwaukee protester against U.S. detention of migrant children in 2019 (AN/Charles Edward Miller)

(AN) — With U.S. elections just barely decided, the United Nations Human Rights Council finished putting America’s human rights record under a microscope on Friday in a peer-review process applied to all member nations every four years.

OAS observers report no U.S. election fraud

An election observer from the Organization of American States in Washington (AN/OAS)

(AN) — International election observers from the Organization of American States reported on Friday they witnessed no fraud or voting irregularities among U.S. ballots cast for the November 3 general election.

OSCE warns against Trump attacks on trust

Voters in New York City line up to cast early U.S. election ballots in late October (AN/Jim Naureckas)

(AN) — International election observers praised U.S. general elections as competitive and well-managed but concluded on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s false claims of victory and calls to halt vote-counting are eroding public trust in American democracy.

Head of IPI resigns over Epstein funding

Former Norwegian diplomat and politician Terje Rød Larsen (AN/IPI)

(AN) — Former Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød Larsen resigned as president and CEO of International Peace Institute due to his “failed judgment” in taking money from Jeffrey Epstein, IPI’s board of directors announced on Wednesday.

U.N. nuclear treaty ban to enter into force

An abandoned nuclear weapons depot in northern Germany (AN/Jan Bommes)

(AN) — Fifty nations ratified a treaty to ban nuclear weapons that takes effect in 90 days, the United Nations confirmed on Saturday, the same day the world body was founded 75 years ago to prevent another world war.

OSCE ‘grave concerns’ at Trump election ploys

For the first time in a U.S. election, New Jersey Army National Guard members help at polls due to the pandemic (AN/Mark Olsen)

(AN) — Election observers from the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization reported widespread concerns on Thursday about U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to undercut voters’ confidence in the November 3 U.S. elections.

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