The United Nations has warned that the war in Syria is doing lasting damage to an entire generation of children.
Presenting the most vivid evidence to date, the UN's IPCC report has warned that humans are responsible for changes to the earth's climate.
The UN IPPC report into climate change, due out tomorrow, will say scientists agree the world is getting warmer, and humans are to blame.
The United Nations has launched a $300m (£190m) appeal for aid to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
The organisation said the money was needed to help an estimated 11.3 million people in nine regions in the centre of the country.
The UN estimates there are 673,000 people who have been left homeless in the disaster.
The World Health Organisation wants to set up temporary medical centres and warned that 12,000 births are expected in the affected in the next month alone.
An estimated 11.3 million people are affected by Typhoon Haiyan, according to a spokesman for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) citing figures from the Filipino government.
Speaking at a press conference in Switzerland, he said an estimated 673,000 people have been displaced across the nine regions affected in the central Philippines.
More than $300 million (£188m) would be needed to provide urgent aid, he added.
The United Nations has received assurances from the US Government that its communications networks "are not and will not be monitored" by American intelligence agencies, it said.
But chief UN spokesman Martin Nesirky would not comment on whether the world body had been monitored in the past, as reported recently by the German magazine Der Spiegel.
Mr Nesirky said the UN had been in contact with Washington about the reports that surfaced two months ago and has received a guarantee from the US of no current or future eavesdropping.
Saudi Arabia has refused to take its UN Security Council place in the rotation, saying that the council is incapable of ending wars and resolving conflict.
"The kingdom sees that the method and work mechanism and the double standards in the Security Council prevent it from properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace," the foreign ministry said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the Assad regime in Syria deserves credit for its compliance in the destruction of the country's chemical weapons.
Speaking following a summit with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry said: "I think it is extremely significant that yesterday, within a week of the resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were already being destroyed.
"I think it is also credit to the Assad regime for complying rapidly, as they are supposed to. We hope that will continue...It is a good beginning and we should welcome a good beginning."
The process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons began today as inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN sought to destroy the country's arsenal in compliance with international demands. A UN spokesperson said:
Under the supervision of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, supported by the United Nations, Syrian personnel used cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable a range of items.
This included missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling equipment. The process will continue in the coming days.
A team of UN chemical experts who began the process of destroying Syria's chemical gas arsenal today returned to their hotel.
International inspectors began destroying Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to create it, the United Nations said.
A UN official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that the process of assessing, disarming and disabling was already underway.
Today is the first day of the phase of destruction and disabling. Verification will also continue.
The plan was that two types categories of materials would be destroyed: one is equipment for making (weapons) - filling and mixing equipment, some of it mobile, and some it static. The other is actual munitions.
United Nations peace envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, repeated today that peace talks planned for mid-November may not take place.
He told TV5 television and RFI radio:
No, this is not a certainty. I am trying to invite...I am encouraging everybody to come to Geneva in the second half of November.