Human rights monitoring is needed in the disputed Western Sahara region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Thursday. The region, which is claimed by Morocco and an independence group, also needs a plan for self-determination, he said.
The United Nations' Climate Technology Centre and Network, set up to help developing countries tackle climate change, finds that participation in the program is lagging due to eligible countries' unfamiliarity with bureaucracy and lack of a broad institutional network.
"A new Lancet study has been getting a lot of attention in the global health blogosphere. The article looks at maternal mortality in 181 countries, and found good news. Maternal mortality is decreasing steadily; on average the global maternal mortality rates has been falling by 1% a year."