The post-2015 sustainable development goals will be "transformative, universal and equitable," writes Wu Hongbo, United Nations undersecretary-general for economic and social affairs. The goals envision the end of poverty and the full development of each person's potential, he writes.
The number of designer drugs available has more than doubled in the past three years, with most of the growth in use in the U.S., the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says in its 2013 report. The UN needs to act to halt the production, sale and use of these drugs, says Yury Fedotov, UNODC's executive director.
The November climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, will look at curbing greenhouse emissions and assisting poor countries affected by climate change, writes Jaspreet Kindra. Observers said the most crucial topics are "loss and damage, funding for adaptation, and preventing forest loss," Kindra writes.