Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are affecting food crops, says a report. By 2050, the level of protein, iron and zinc could drop by 10% in rice and wheat, leading to nutritional deficiencies, says Dr. Samuel Myers of the Harvard School of Public Health and the report's lead author.
Finding the links between population goals and development goals is one strategy that could integrate the two and help move post-2015 goals forward, say experts. "We need to bring all of the issues to bear when we talk about [population], so that it doesn’t get caught up in the old debates and questions," says Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. "It's about your country's economy [and] your country's environment."
The 600,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan are putting strains on Jordan's resources, especially as only 20% of the refugees live in camps. Development and humanitarian investments are needed, says Edward Kallon, the United Nations resident humanitarian coordinator for the country.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is meeting today at The Hague about the slow pace of chemical-weapons shipments out of Syria. Unofficially, sources say, only 4.1% of Syria's chemical weapons have been moved out of the country.