Jordan, the U.S. and Canada are boycotting today's United Nations General Assembly meeting on international criminal justice, saying it is because Bosnian war victims won't be given a chance to speak. "We believe it is our duty to create a space so the voices of the victims of the Bosnian war could also be heard," says Jordan's U.N. ambassador, Prince Zeid al Hussein.
Libya has become a key source of weapons for groups in Syria, Egypt, Mali and elsewhere, says a report by the United Nations Security Council's Group of Experts. "Illicit flows from the country are fueling existing conflicts in Africa and the Levant and enriching the arsenals of a range of non-state actors, including terrorist groups," the panel says.
Air pollution is killing more people than HIV/AIDS and malaria, says Kandeh Yumkella, director-general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Officials said that clean energy could reduce such deaths by 50% by 2030. "If we increase access to clean energy ... the health benefits will be enormous," says Maria Neira of the World Health Organization.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria needs donors to provide $15 billion during the next three years to maintain advances made. The EU will try to keep its contribution at $130.5 million a year, says European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs.