The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says Typhoon Haiyan has caused 4,460 confirmed deaths. The storm has displaced 921,200 people and in some way affected 11.8 million people, OCHA says. Food, water and medical supplies are slowly arriving.
The decommissioning of Syria's chemical-weapons arsenal has changed the focus of the ongoing peace negotiations, and opposition leaders feel pressured to agree to talks, writes Samia Nakhoul. "Syrian opposition advisers and independent analysts fear this could channel the Syrian conflict ... into a lengthy and fruitless process," Nakhoul writes.
Japan is reducing emissions-reduction goals as it moves away from nuclear power. The decision, announced during the United Nations climate talks in Poland, was criticized by groups including one representing 44 coastal or island countries. Separately, developing countries are calling for shoring up the Clean Development Mechanism.
Indian culture and inadequately enforced laws continue to promote gender inequality, says a United Nations World Population Fund report. "This study is significant because it holds up a mirror to the laws that overtly or covertly fail to address discrimination or promote it," says Lise Grande, UN resident coordinator in India.
The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency says the Iran's nuclear program has slowed starting in August. Iran continues to enrich uranium but at a lower rate. Iran and other global powers are slated to meet next week to resume nuclear discussions.