Governments from around the world are gathering in Paris to discuss what is arguably the most consequential international agreement ever. Here's a guide to some of the draft climate agreement's most important -- and most contentious -- issues.
During the last 14 years, we had everything but a leader. To secure the achievements and overcome the massive challenges, it's the right time to review quickly the unprecedented achievements of the last fourteen years as well as the challenges that remain and lie ahead.
In a joint statement on Monday, China and France signaled that any deal reached at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 11, should include five-year reviews of emissions reductions commitments in order to "promote efficient implementation."
We are quickly recognizing that the only sensible thing to do, both economically and socially, is to implement measures that strike a balance between economic development and environmental protection, while putting communities at the core of public policies and private endeavors.
Another deep cry, followed by a shrug. The world is at war, at war, at war. But it only hurts them, the helpless ones, the anonymous poor, who absorb the bombs and bullets, who bury their children, who flee their broken countries.
Mid-late 1960s: West goes East. While it was John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Canada that initiated Rock n' Roll Diplomacy, George Harrison was the first to apply that concept to music.
It is always gratifying when an organization that does good things for others is appropriately recognized. It is even nicer when the "others" who are at the receiving end of those "good things" are the most innocent and vulnerable among us.
On October 29th, in a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued its first, preliminary ruling concerning whether the Tribunal has 'jurisdiction' over the issues raised by the Philippines against China's so called 'nine-dash line' in the South China Sea.
Al-Nimr was tortured into giving a false confession, never had a lawyer, had his appeal done in secret without his knowledge. A criminal justice system as medieval and gruesome as this should not exist in the world today.
Should the United Nations support the decriminalization of drug use? This was the question raised last week by Richard Branson, a well-known entrepreneur and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a private group.
At the end of November, delegations from nearly 200 countries will convene for what is billed as the most important climate meeting ever held. A failure to cap carbon emissions worldwide guarantees not just climate shocks, but also instability, insurrection, and warfare.
What Secretary of State John Kerry described as the 'most promising opportunity' for a political solution to the Syrian war, was an opportunity that could only be realized through compromise.
Why should it be left to governments and airlines with skin in the game to decide whether to issue flight restrictions or comply with warnings? What is needed is an international governing body charged with enforcing air corridor restrictions or closures, rather than merely issuing protocols and alerts.
A peculiar mix of people sat in an overcrowded lecture room at The New School this past weekend to participate in an Urban Lab, hosted by the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, that was part of the NYC Urban Thinkers Campus.
Obama hopes to go down in history as having ended the half-century of U.S. hostility toward Cuba and its revolution. We do not know what the next administration will bring. We must pressure Obama to act decisively now to realize his promise to truly normalize relations with Cuba.
UN Peacekeeping is currently operating 16 missions across four continents serving a total population of over 125 million people. But peacekeepers have been increasingly targeted by armed groups including terrorist elements.