Interviews

A quarter of thyroid cancer cases ‘probably’ due to Chernobyl: UN scientific committee

A quarter of all thyroid cancer cases among patients who were children at the time of the Chernobyl accident 32 years ago, are “probably” due to high doses of radiation received during and after the event.

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6'9"

2030 Agenda represents ‘collective decision’ to ‘change the way we live’: UN chief economist

Despite an upturn in the global economy there are “clouds on the horizon” which need to be addressed if the world it to reach the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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9'24"

No ‘disconnect’ between indigenous people and their land: FAO expert

The traditional knowledge indigenous people have about land and natural resources is key to preserving the world’s biodiversity, according to an expert with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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5'28"

Nomination of imprisoned Egyptian photojournalist for UNESCO award will help ‘shine the light’

The decision by an independent international jury to nominate an Egyptian journalist who has been incarcerated for nearly five years for a top UN award, helps “shine the light” on press freedom at a “pivotal moment”.

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7'24"

'Thousands' of ceasefire violations every month in Ukraine point to a 'forgotten' conflict

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine believes the grinding four-year conflict in the east is being “forgotten” with thousands of ceasefire violations being recorded each month.

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7'7"

Invasive Fall Armyworm pest threatens food production across Cabo Verde

Africa’s Cabo Verde islands are facing a “formidable” agricultural and economic challenge in the form of an invasive pest known as the Fall Armyworm.

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5'54"

No development, human rights, without 'sustaining' peace: UN General Assembly President

“There is no development, there is no protection of human rights, if there is no peace.” 

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3'9"

Breakthrough drone-powered mosquitos: “absolutely no impact” on other species

A technological breakthrough, whereby radiation-treated mosquitos are released by drone to limit the spread of diseases such as malaria and Zika, will not have any damaging effect on other wildlife.

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7'13"

UN ombudsperson resolves strife in a ‘cloak of confidentiality’

Sometimes sparks fly when creativity is mixed with conflict: so explains the UN Ombudsperson John Barkat, who helps turn friction into productive solutions.

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8'39"

Breaking chains of commodity dependence in developing countries

Countries that are rich in raw materials have the means to bring prosperity to everyone, but only if they take steps to tackle their “commodity dependence”, says UNCTAD's Yanchun Zhang ahead of next week's Global Commodities Forum 2018 in Geneva.

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