Interviews

Meet the man who’s helping to make mosquito-borne diseases a thing of the past

Around 15 countries are preparing to test a technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes using radiation as part of a global health effort to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika.

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Tony Blair on the SDGs: Educate youth to banish ‘barriers of prejudice’

Polarization and divisive language could be a major impediment to reaching the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the world needs to prioritize youth education to reach targets by 2030. That’s from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who explains his hand in the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs),  a precursor for today's SDG's.

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EU Ebola vaccine approval is landmark moment: World Health Organization

Cases of Ebola virus are slowing down in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but it is still way too soon to say the deadly disease is beaten.

Christian Lindmeier of the World Health Organization (WHO), gave an update on the outbreak to  UN News’s Daniel Johnson, in Geneva.

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‘People tell you what you need to know, without brutality’: Former UN torture expert

Not only does torture not work, it’s counterproductive, and when the practice elicits false confessions, societies pay a “very high price.” 

That’s from Professor Juan Méndez, who served at the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2014 to 2016, and experienced torture himself. He spoke to UN News’s Natalie Hutchison in New York.

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Better quality of economic growth needed to meet East Africa’s job demands: UN study

Although East Africa has been experiencing impressive economic growth for nearly a decade, it has not enabled the creation of enough decent jobs for the region’s rapidly growing population.

That’s according to a new study by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which estimates that more than eight million new jobs are needed annually to meet the demand.

 

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Women’s internet access still trailing men ‘and gap is growing’: ITU

Although almost nine in 10 people in developed countries use the internet, in poorer regions, only a fraction of that number goes online. That’s the latest finding from ITU, the International Telecommunications Union, which in a new report, highlights how more women than ever are missing out on potential digital gains.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the agency’s Dr​ Susan Teltscher explains why it’s often women in rural areas who suffer most.

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Build cities ‘to last’ in the face of mounting climate hazards, says UN disaster relief chief

Mami Mizutori, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR),  says proper allocation of disaster funds means “a hazard doesn’t necessarily have to become a disaster.” 

She spoke to UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day, explaining how her Office is helping implement disaster risk management efforts around the world. 

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‘What a man can do, a woman can do better’: UN Female Police Officer of the Year

Deployed with the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, since March 2017, after serving in Darfur and Mali, UN Police Officer (UNPOL) Seynabou Diouf from Senegal, helps empower women and survivors of sexual violence across the region. On Tuesday, she received the 2019 United Nations Female Police Officer of the Year Award at UN Headquarters in New York. Speaking before the ceremony, Major Diouf told UN News’s Pascal Sim, that it’s essential to have more women serving UN Peacekeeping, and that “what a man can do, a woman can do better”.

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Commitment, not slogans, key to ending violence against children: UN expert

One billion children—or half the world’s youngsters—are victims of violence, ranging from conflict and humanitarian crises to cyberbullying and recruitment by terrorist groups.

That’s according to UN expert Najat Maalla M’jid who advocates for governments, civil society and other stakeholders to put children at the heart of their policies.  May Yaacoub asked her about progress in the global effort to protect children.

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Record-levels of smog in New Delhi making ‘the invisible killer, a visible killer’: UN expert

The unbearable levels of air pollution in India’s New Delhi, declared a public health emergency by the local government as of Monday, have made “the invisible killer, visible”. 

That’s from Valentin Foltescu, Senior Programme Management Officer for the UN Environment Programme in India, UNEP, who said that current levels of toxic particles in the capital are 40 times higher than the upper limit of exposure, recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)

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