The World of International Organizations Explained

U.N. agencies say kids lose ‘liveable planet’

Young children race each other at a refugee camp in Eastern Chad (ARÊTE/Fréderic Noy)

Two U.N. agencies reported on Wednesday that children who grow up in countries least responsible for the world’s overspent carbon budget suffer twice as many health problems as wealthier nations that pollute the most.

WHO and Google team fight an ‘infodemic’

World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva (ARÊTE/Eric Bridiers)

Secret cures and vaccines. Chinese biological weapons. These have been some of the bogus social media claims the World Health Organization said on Monday it was pushing back against in the global coronavirus outbreak.

WHO declares global emergency over virus

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking to a forum at Vienna in September (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

The World Health Organization declared it considers the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency on Thursday, after the epidemic first detected in China spread to 7,800 confirmed cases and 170 deaths worldwide.

Report shows hack of U.N. offices last year

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres marks Vienna International Center's 40th anniversary in May 2019 (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

The U.N. human rights office acknowledged on Wednesday it had suffered a sophisticated cyberattack on its computers last year, but sought to assure the public that none of its sensitive data or confidential information was accessed.

China to let WHO send in experts on virus

Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province, in 2018 (ARÊTE/Yohann Agnelot)

Chinese officials agreed on Tuesday to allow international experts from the United Nations health agency to enter the country as soon as possible and join in efforts to combat a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.

U.N. probe sought of Saudi spyware hack

Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos in 2010 (ARÊTE/Steve Jurvetson)

U.N. human rights investigators urged a special inquiry on Wednesday into Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alleged role in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

IAEA cites improvements since Fukushima

IAEA experts at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station to examine the fuel assembly removal process in a 2013 visit (ARÊTE/Greg Webb)

Japan has strengthened inspections as part of efforts to improve regulation of nuclear and radiation safety in the wake of the Fukushima Daichi accident in 2011, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Tuesday.

U.K. and France stick to Iran nuclear deal

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, hosts G-7 leaders on Aug. 25, 2019, in Biarritz, France (ARÊTE/Shealah Craighead)

British and French leaders recommitted their nations on Sunday to the crumbling Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. President Donald Trump undermining it and Europeans triggering a process that may reimpose sanctions.

WHO says new antibiotics pipeline thins

Amoxicillin capsules used to treat bacterial infections or with other medicines to treat stomach ulcers (ARÊTE/Rob Brewer)

The United Nations’ health agency said on Thursday at least 700,000 people a year die from drug-resistant diseases but there are only 50 antibiotics in the medical research community’s pipeline of potential new drugs.

U.N. proposes pact to fight mass extinction

A courtship display of Eared Grebe at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Klamath Basin, California (ARÊTE/Becky Matsubara)

U.N. officials unveiled a sweeping plan on Monday to avert what scientists fear is shaping up to be Earth’s sixth mass extinction, proposing a global wildlife treaty on the scale of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

The world of international organizations explained.


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