Security Council; DRC; Pakistan; India; and more

On Monday the UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan will brief Council members in consultations by videoconference on his mediation efforts. Council members are likely to be interested in Annan’s recent visits to Moscow and Beijing and his plans to visit Tehran and Riyadh in the near future, according to Security Council Report.

Syria; Arab League Summit; Yemen; Libya; and more

Syria's president embraced Kofi Annan's peacemaking effort today, saying his government will "put every effort to ensure the success of the mission."Assad gave the assurance in a letter to the BRICS summit, the meeting in New Delhi of the world's top emerging economies, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency.

Why We Need to Defeat Cholera

Access to safe water and basic sanitation has been on the U.N.’s books as a fundamental right since 2010, but there are more tangible reasons that inadequate access to sanitation is an issue.

Climate Change panel’s report; the Sahel; UNAIDS/NEPAD partnership; and more

A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change. The U.N. climate panel said all nations will be vulnerable to the expected increase in heat waves, more intense rains and floods and a probable rise in the intensity of droughts.