U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Eileen Donahoe says she is proud of the council's work and argues that the current session shows "the dramatic improvement in the council's ability to do its job of promoting and protecting human rights." Donahoe praises the ability of technology and the Internet to connect the human rights community but cautions that governments threaten that community when they block Internet access.
The world has a real chance to tackle climate change by setting up a global carbon market, writes Graciela Chichilnisky. "A global carbon market will create a new global system of economic values. Cleaner nations will become richer and their economies grow faster than dirty nations," she argues.
Clean cookstoves can improve the health of mothers and their children, writes United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin. She spoke with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Executive Director Radha Muthiah about the hope behind the alliance's goal to making clean cookstoves a reality for everyone. "I'm optimistic about our efforts really being able to bear fruit and pay off," Muthiah says.
France and the U.K. are denouncing the possible use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, particularly by the government, saying that it underscores the need to arm the Syrian rebels. Meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed 42 people, including a top Sunni cleric, in Damascus.