Interviews

First Yemen aid delivery in more than six months reaches Hudaydah communities

Thousands of families in Yemen’s war-torn Hudaydah Governorate have received their first aid deliveries in more than six months, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, the agency’s Hervé Verhoosel explains who the aid will help and why ongoing access is urgently needed.

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Saudi teen set to be ‘fully integrated’ in Canadian society: UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who arrived in Canada on Friday, “wants to go back to school as soon as possible” said Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN Refugee Agency’s representative (UNHCR) in Canada. The social media-savvy teenager was granted asylum after fleeing her own family in Kuwait fearing she would be killed.  Speaking by phone from Canada, Mr. Beuze explained to UN News's Hafiz Kheir how her case had been resolved so quickly.

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How blockchain technology could help developing countries’ creative sector

With growth of 14 per cent per year in China alone, so-called creative industries could be a “gamechanger” for emerging economies, a new report by  UNCTAD suggests. In an interview with UN News, the agency’s Pamela Coke-Hamilton, explains that these countries need to put sufficient digital safeguards in place to reap the full benefits.

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Surviving the Haiti earthquake: a UN staffer’s story

In 2010 a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, reportedly killing up to  220’000 people, including 102 UN personnel. One of those who survived was Sophie Boutaud de la Combe: head of Communications for the UN Mission for Justice in Haiti.

Conor Lennon from UN News  started by asking what happened when the quake struck.

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Eight years into Syria’s brutal war, storm in Lebanon compounds refugee ‘misery’

In Lebanon, the plight of Syria’s 900,000  registered refugees just got a little worse, with the arrival of Storm Norma, which brought heavy winds and snow across the country last weekend.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Philippe Lazzarini, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, explained what the organization is doing to help.

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New Myanmar Rakhine violence could escalate rapidly, warns top UN relief official

Securing access to thousands of people affected by fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is a priority for the United Nations, the organization’s top relief official in the country told UN News on Wednesday.  Acting Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar, Knut Ostby, spoike with UN News's Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 3 January 2019

  • China gives $7 million to support food aid in South Sudan
  • Uganda's Ebola preparedness 'will go a long way:' WHO Chief
  • Agreement to curb greenhouse gases enters into force
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‘The longer we wait to reduce emissions, the more challenging will be’, warns climate expert

“The longer we wait for the substantial reduction of emissions, the more carbon dioxide we need to remove from the atmosphere, said Jonas Pasztor, Executive Director for the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2). Yasmina Guerda sat down with Mr. Pasztor to talk about the technology that can be used to help with this global problem. 

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FAO aims for sustainable mechanization of farming, ‘the backbone of the African economy’

“Agriculture is the backbone of the African economy”, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and combined with the challenges of a growing population, the organization is now joining forces with the African Union to develop a way of mechanizing farming throughout the continent in a sustainable way.

FAO’s Charlotta Lomas sat down to talk modernization and sustainability, with Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, and Joseph Mpagalile, an agriculture engineer and expert at FAO.

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First World War exhibition highlights conflict’s mixed international legacy

It’s a little-known fact that soldiers from every African country took part in the First World War, which ended exactly 100 years ago last month.

To remember them – and those from even further afield who also made a major contribution – an exhibition at the UN in Geneva hosted by the Mission of Belgium has provided a fascinating insight into their experiences on the front line in Northern Europe from 1914-18.

Dr Dominiek Dendooven from In Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium, sat down with UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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