The treaty won’t affect cost or availability of firearms or ammunition for legitimate gun owners, or call for national gun registries.
Now is the time for active diplomacy by Canada and others.
From the drug wars in Mexico to the tragedies unfolding in Syria and Mali, armed violence seems to be growing every day.
For the second time in three years, food prices have spiked to unprecedented heights. Droughts, floods and storms have caused crop failures across the world. Key exporting countries have decreed export bans, and commodity markets are flying.
The beaches of Cancun were perhaps not the best choice of venue for conveying a sense of urgency about climate change. But they did the trick to overcome the hangover from the cold grey shambles of Copenhagen.
Economist William Easterly airs some dirty laundry on the business of foreign aid, looking at what is working and what's not, arguing that success can't be measured alone by dollars spent.