Alleviating food insecurity in a sustainable way will broadly affect poverty and inequality, according to this article co-written by Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, and two others. "Sustainable agriculture has economic and social benefits while remaining within the natural boundaries of our planet," they argue.
The United Nations and corporate sponsors have created mPowering Action, a mobile platform intended to persuade young people of the importance of clean energy. The application offers celebrity video content in exchange for user participation. "Mobile phones ... are the best way to reach and power the voice of young people and give them the opportunity to make a global impact," said Jeff Martin, CEO of Tribal Brands.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is asking the Security Council to build on "diplomatic momentum" and pass a resolution to put Syria's chemical weapons under international authority. Those responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical-weapons incident, Ban added, must face justice "either through referral to the International Criminal Court or by other means consistent with international law."
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals requires countries to recommit to additional aid and appropriate trade agreements, writes Richard Jones. Meanwhile, some experts think the poverty benchmark should be changed from the current $1.25 per day.
The man who became the face of UN climate negotiations leading up to the December Copenhagen climate summit announced that he will retire in July. Now, the race is on to replace Yvo de Boer as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. ... Conventional wisdom suggests that the next climate chief will come from the developing world, since each of the last three were Westerners.