The World of International Organizations

Russia to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking with his Security Council by video link (AN/Kremlin)

Russia announced plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, two months after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration abandoned it.

U.S. and U.N. roles at odds in Western Sahara

A 2019 SADC conference for self-determination in Western Sahara co-hosted by South Africa and Namibia (AN/S.A.)

Pro-independence leaders in Western Sahara want the Biden administration to resolve a contradiction: U.S. policy runs counter to U.N.-led peace efforts.

Organizations alarmed at U.S. Capitol mob attack

The U.S. Capitol in Washington (AN/John Heilprin)

International organizations reacted with shock and sadness at the state of American democracy after pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. currency dispute puts IMF role in spotlight

Statue of Albert Gallatin, the Swiss-American who headed the U.S. Treasury Department, in Washington (AN/John Heilprin)

The IMF was thrust into a dispute over currency manipulation as the U.S. accused Vietnam and Switzerland of currency manipulation.

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 a 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.

Asia-Pacific nations sign world’s biggest trade pact

ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi of Brunei and other leaders of the 37th ASEAN Summit (AN/ASEAN)

(AN) — Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations including China signed a pact on Sunday to promote regional stability by creating the world’s biggest trading alliance, covering 30 percent of global GDP and a market of 2.2 billion people.

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.

Groups cite high number of land mine casualties

Cleared anti-personnel landmines awaiting destruction in Thailand (AN/Mary Wareham)

(AN) — At least 5,554 people — mostly civilians, including many children — were killed or wounded last year because they stepped on a land mine or other unexploded devices left behind in war, advocacy groups reported on Thursday.

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.

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