Interviews

Time for the ‘most valuable metal on earth’

From the blast of a gun to a quiet ticking, illicit small arms are being transformed from something deadly into something timely: A wristwatch, made of what’s being dubbed “Humanium."  Humanium is the brainchild of Peter Brune, of the IM Swedish Development Partner organization, who produced the watch in conjunction with TRIWA watch company and recently gifted the UN Disarmament Affairs with a Humanium watch.  Mr. Brune spoke with UN News's Liz Scaffidi.
 

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El Niño likely to contribute to worsening food situation for millions in Zimbabwe

Farmers in Zimbabwe have already struggled with erratic rainfall and a fragile economy this year, but now they look set to suffer the effects of an El Niño-related drought.  In a bid to help an estimated 3.9 million people who face severe food insecurity between now and April, the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners are stepping up relief to those most in need. WFP’s Niels Balzer spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson.

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Millions of people in stateless ‘limbo’, warns UNCHR

People in every region of the world who do not have a nationality face a “day-to-day struggle” in accessing basic human rights such as education, healthcare and work, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday.

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Everyone has a role to play in global superbugs crisis

The overuse of antibiotics not just for human and animal health but also in food production is leading to an increased resistance of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites to antimicrobial treatments, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Charlotte Lomas spoke with FAO’s Christine Czerniak and began by asking for a definition of antimicrobial resistance or AMR.

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UN provides a 'glimmer of hope' for Israel Palestine conflict: Daniel Barenboim

For 19 years, Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has brought together young musicians from Israel and the Arab world, with the aim of promoting peace through dialogue.

Following a concert in New York, Maestro Barenboim visited UN Chief António Guterres at UN HQ on Friday.

After the meeting Conor Lennon from UN News sat down with him and starrted by asking what it means to Maestro Barenboim to be a Messenger of Peace.

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Conflict zones provide organized crime gangs with billions of illicit profit every year: crime expert

Transnational crime is a growing risk that is posing a major challenge to police forces, including UN Police, and conflict zones provide the opportunity for organized crime to make profits estimated at over $30 billion every year.

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‘International tensions’ between US-Russia, remain central to UN disarmament efforts

Disarmament affairs are more of a marathon than a sprint, and each year towards the end of October, the UN General Assembly’s First Committee meets to discuss the issue of ridding the world of weapons.  This year, in an interview with UN News, in-house disarmament guru Michael Spies (UNODA) spelled out the dangerous effect in play of rising “international tensions between the United States and Russia”. 

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Updated Human Rights Committee comment on ‘right to life’ offers protection from 21st century threats

An authoritative UN rights body has issued potentially far-reaching legal opinions on one of the world’s most important human rights documents: the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The new General Comment on Article 6 of the Covenant by the UN Human Rights Committee provides protection to populations from modern, lethal threats that include weaponized drones, environmental degradation and natural disasters. Committee vice-chair Cleveland tells spoke with Daniel Johnson of UN News.

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Racism against people of African descent: ‘not much room for optimism, says UN expert

Some 18 years after the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, Michal Balcerzak, the head of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent sees little room for optimism, when it comes to ending racist incidents against people of African descent.  Professor Balcerzak spoke with UN News's Conor Lennon  on the occasion of his visit to UN Headquarters in New York – where he was reporting to the General Assembly on the Group’s latest findings.

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World-beating athlete Paula Radcliffe, sets pace in global push for clean air

Clean air is key to everyone achieving their potential, not just athletes, reigning marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe said on Wednesday.  In an interview with UN News, the track and field legend spoke about how air pollution made her ill while training for major races, and what she is doing as a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Clean Air Advocate and Ambassador, for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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