Morning Multilateralism, August 7

Presiding over UN Security Council, Argentine president blasts the veto power.

President Obama will attend G20 summit in Moscow.

Rogue United Nations statistician casts doubt on efficacy of Millenium Development Goals.

Russia wants more UN cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

World Bank approves major Great Lakes region hydroelectric plant.

International Monetary Fund prods Germany to help dispel Eurozone uncertainty.

Former IMF chief economist takes helm of India's central bank.

In the wake of International Court of Justice ruling, maritime tension continues between Colombia and Nicaragua.

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Yale Study Slams UN for Haiti Cholera Response

The Yale Law School and School of Public Health have produced a hard-hitting report on the United Nations' response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti. The study argues that the scientific evidence of the UN's responsibility is now beyond doubt:

Scientific study of the origins of the cholera epidemic in Haiti overwhelmingly demonstrates that U.N. peacekeeping troops from Nepal introduced the disease into the country. No cases of active transmission of cholera had been reported in Haiti for at least a century prior to October 2010. The foci of the epidemic encompasses the location of the MINUSTAH base in Méyè. The peacekeeping troops stationed at the MINUSTAH camp in Méyè at the time of the outbreak were deployed from Nepal, where cholera is endemic and an outbreak occurred just prior to their departure, increasing their likelihood of exposure and transmission.

With UN responsibility established, the report's authors insist that the organization respond directly to victims:

The U.N. will need to accept responsibility for its failures in Haiti, apologize to the victims of the epidemic, vindicate the legal rights of the victims, end the ongoing epidemic, and take steps to ensure that it will never again cause such tragically avoidable harm, in Haiti or elsewhere.

You can read the whole report here.