It took more than four years and skillful backroom negotiation to obtain an important victory — the ratification of the next global development agenda, the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, that will guide the world for the next 15 years.
The Summit on Sustainable Development held at the UN General Assembly in New York on 25-27 September will see 193 countries ratify ambitious global goals to end extreme poverty and hunger, address the impact of climate change and reduce inequality by 2030. Africa will be at the heart of the discussions.
Along a quiet cease-fire line in Cyprus, U.N. peacekeepers handle an increasingly old-fashioned job: actually keeping the peace. The last deadly incident was in 1996. Today's challenges include keeping poachers and rogue farmers out of no man's land. "Most of the time we don't wear weapons," said the force commander, Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund.
It is one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in years - and yet there was no doubt about who was the star of the show. Pope Francis, fresh from bringing US Speaker of the House John Boehner to tears in his address to Congress, stood before the General Assembly of the United Nations and his message was no less momentous.