When Kazakhstan now is ready to join the WTO an ancient trading nation is ready to once again be an important global trading partner.

Walking in the souq in the old city or driving on the busy streets in the more modern parts of Hebron you may run into a team of Europeans in grey uniforms with red armbands with an inscription in Arabic, Hebrew and English. These are the observers of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) working to create a sense of security for the Palestinian population. TIPH has existed in its present form since 1997 and today there are around 60 internationals in the mission.

“It has long been expected that the symbolism of the 70 years might be quite important when it comes to the timing of a possible launch of a new process. The failure of the ninth NPT Review Conference, held in May of this year, to reach consensus on a final document may have increased the likelihood of some action being taken.”

To eradicate poverty and create an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable world, both public and private resources need to be used more smartly and invested in the right way.

With the arrival of the monsoon, temperatures thankfully have dropped considerably. Outdoor activities are now more or less out of the question, but to peacefully watch the downpour from my balcony is quite spectacular. Sadly though, the formerly clear, blue Yangon sky has now turned grey. But it is certainly not the only thing here being grey.

Launch Event for the SIPRI Yearbook 2015.

At the end of May, the Executive Board of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) approved a new Gender Policy for 2015–2020. This might seem to be a mere technicality, but in fact it is a charged issue. The fact that one of the largest UN bodies will now have a good, modern policy for gender equality is important for the universal right to receive necessary support in urgent humanitarian situations, regardless of gender.

In 1928, scientist Alexander Fleming made a discovery that changed the history of medicine. He discovered that a fungus called Penicillium notatum could kill bacteria. This observation led to the development of a medicine that could treat bacterial infections – penicillin. However, antimicrobial, and especially antibiotic, resistance is now challenging this progress.

La XII Bienal de La Habana está en pleno apogeo y por el Malecón se encuentran obras de artistas de todo el mundo.