Interviews

Senior WHO official calls for ‘urgent action’ to end tuberculosis by 2030

Countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis by 2030, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, releasing its latest Global Tuberculosis Report. The deadly disease remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, even though it’s fully treatable, Dr. Tereza Kasaeva, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme, told Anton Uspenskiy of UN News, calling for more global action.

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Sexual exploitation an ‘almost existential issue’ for UNHCR, says Deputy High Commissioner

Sexual exploitation is an “almost existential issue” for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T. Clements said on Tuesday. Announcing measures designed to encourage victims to come forward, she told UN News the number of reported cases of abuse has doubled among its more than 1,000 international partners in the last year, now that people “know where to go” to raise the alarm.

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Deaths of over 6 million children preventable or treatable: UN report

Millions of children are still dying from preventable or treatable causes, despite huge progress in child mortality rates over the past 25 years.

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Preschoolers board the sustainability train at the UN, care of beloved children’s characters

Actress Olivia Wilde came to the UN Headquarters in New York to take part in the launch of a new UN collaboration with toy company Mattel, Inc., that introduces the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to preschoolers, through nine new episodes of the animated children’s series, Thomas & Friends. She shared with Liz Scaffidi her thoughts on the new episodes.

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22-year gap in life expectancy between Norway and Niger, new UN development report reveals

There is a 22-year difference in life-expectancy between the people of Norway, and those of the impoverished nation of Niger in Africa, according to new data revealed on Friday in the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI).  Selim Jahan, of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), who directs t he office which compiled the report, spoke to UN News's Fatima E. Mendez.

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New UN Ombudsman has been listening to problems ‘all my life’

With eight days on the job, Shireen Dodson, the new UN Ombudsman, did not set out to become a career mediator, but began to master the basics as a young child, when she diplomatically negotiated between her divorced parents. In an interview with UN News, she told Liz Scaffidi why she feels the role is a great fit, and how she hopes to boost collaboration and partnerships across the UN.

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World Food Programme outlines preparations for besieged civilians of Idlib

With the UN imploring those fighting in Syria’s civil war and the countries backing them to prevent a “bloodbath” in the last rebel-held enclave of Idlib, the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing all it can to help civilians cope in the event of an offensive. Marwa Awad, Spokesperson for WFP in Syria, told Nabil Al Midani, from UN News’s Arabic service, what they were doing to safeguard families in the line of fire.

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Organized crime ‘one of the greatest threats to UN missions’: UN Police

From 11-13 September, as part of theTransnational Threats  (TNT) Project, crime experts met at UN Headquarters in New York to find ways to strengthen cooperation, and discuss methods to tackle the problem of serious and organized criminal activity.  Charles Kim, TNT project manager from UN Police (UNPOL), spoke with UN News's Conor Lennon.

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All States should sign genocide convention to end age-old scourge, says ICC judge

Genocide will not be prevented from happening again until the entire international community commits to punishing “rampant impunity”, an International Criminal Court (ICC) judge said on Thursday. In Geneva to speak at a Human Rights Council event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, Kimberly Prost sat for an interview with UN News.

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Palestine has world’s highest unemployment rate, and it’s unsustainable: UNCTAD

Life  in the Occupied Palestine Territories  is unsustainable and - with nearly one in three people out of a job - it also has the world’s highest unemployment rate, according to Isabelle Durant, UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General.  Ms. Durant spoke with UN News’s Jens Renner in Geneva, about  UNCTAD's latest report on life in the Occupied Palestine Territories.

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