The World of International Organizations Explained

IAEA and ASEAN to work on atomic power

Indonesia, one of the ASEAN nations interested in nuclear power, gets 30 percent of Jakarta's electricity from the Muara Karang Steam Power Plant (ARÊTE)

The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday that it will collaborate with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a framework for developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Facebook’s Libra pursues Swiss pay license

Facebook's new Libra Association is based in Geneva because of "Switzerland's role as a nucleus for international organizations" (ARÊTE/Jeff Dlouhy)

The Libra Association said on Wednesday that it will apply for a payments license in Switzerland so that Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency can be regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority.

Iran defies nuclear deal with centrifuge use

Cornel Feruță, IAEA's acting director general, briefs reporters at a press conference in Vienna (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog confirmed on Monday that Iran is preparing to use arrays of more advanced centrifuges, marking yet another violation of Tehran’s faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

World leaders urged to adopt ocean treaty

Plastic debris washed ashore from the Pacific Ocean (ARÊTE/Kevin Krejci)

The United Nations leaned on star power to launch a renewed push on Monday for a legally binding global treaty in 2020 that would promote conservation and sustainable uses of high seas areas that cover almost half the planet.

Weekend Update: TIO, USAID and CTBTO

Some of the 13 telescopes already atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island (ARÊTE/Steve Cadman)

A $1.4 billion telescope project in Hawaii is looking at an alternative spot in Spain. Opponents fear Trump administration cuts to international aid. A nonproliferation official sees opportunity amid nuclear tensions.

Climate report urges change in human diet

A field of wheat in Germany (ARÊTE/Dmitry Kalinin)

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Thursday recommended sweeping changes globally in how people eat and ways that land is used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the planet to overheat.

U.S. military braces for UPU withdrawal

The U.S. military's Pentagon headquarters near Washington (ARÊTE/Angela Stafford)

Pentagon officials are preparing for the aftermath of a Trump administration decision to proceed with U.S. withdrawal from the 144-year-0ld Universal Postal Union should last-minute talks to salvage their relationship fail.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies in office

IAEA's Director General Yukiya Amano at a 2014 news conference in Vienna (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

Yukiya Amano, a veteran diplomat who led the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency and worked to prevent more atomic bombings like those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has died, his agency announced on Monday.

Moon landing inspired earthly peace effort

The famous "Earthrise" photo by U.S. astronaut William Anders aboard Apollo 8 (ARÊTE/NASA)

The world marked Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing as a powerful testament to collective efforts in problem-solving and finding peaceful solutions to seemingly impossible challenges.

Protests challenge international telescope

Activists protest the 2014 groundbreaking for the Thirty Meter Telescope (ARÊTE/Occupy Hilo)

After years of planning, an international organization faced off against hundreds of protesters as it tried to start building a billion-dollar telescope on Monday atop sacred Hawaii’s sacred Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano.

The world of international organizations explained.

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