United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the Syrian crisis with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today. The UN and Russia agree a "negotiated political solution is the only way to end the crisis," Ban says.
The Bangladesh garment-factory collapse highlights the need for businesses to follow the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, writes Z.P. Heller. The principles say that businesses have an obligation to protect the well-being of workers and act when risks are found.
Recognizing reproductive and sexual health and family planning as fundamental human rights would give these issues global priority and encourage progress toward gender equality, writes John Alliage Morales, citing experts and officials.