Interviews

Aspiring human rights lawyers are all winners in test case competition at UN

Law students from 39 universities have been participating this week at the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Professor Frans Viljoen, Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, spoke with UN News on how the event helps to reinforce the global fight against impunity.

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Straight, flared or even as a rug, denim raises fashion to sustainable levels

When people talk about recycling, plastic bottles often come to mind — but what about that favourite old pair of jeans that have grown just a bit too tight?  According to Lori DiVito, recycling denim is a creative way to reach the Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs)– as she pointed out on the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at UN Headquarters in New York this week. Ms. DiVito spoke with UN News.

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With land ownership a continuing concern in Darfur, restitution is the ‘right step’

Land ownership remains a major source of intercommunal strife in Sudan’s Darfur region, so those dispossessed should be entitled to restitution, says the UN, in line with the law of the land.  “Restitution policy is the right step to find durable solutions” for those internally displaced, said Pierre Emmanuel Ubalijoro, Chief of the Governance and Community Stabilization Section of the UN and African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID), in an interview for UN News.

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Accessibility is ‘more than ramps,’ says UN special envoy

Accessibility, especially in today’s urban environments, involves a lot more than installing ramps, in order to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy the rights they are entitled to, according to Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, the UN’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.  Ms. Cisternas Reyes spoke with UN News.

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‘Every voice, every step, every action, every dollar counts’ towards success of SDGs, says UN goodwill ambassador

Together, “we can find the right answers” for a safer and better world, said a UN goodwill ambassador on Monday, who has been taking part in a major forum at UN Headquarters in New York, on how countries can advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Facebook live interview, actress Michelle Yeoh, Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP, spoke to Nanette Braun, highlighting the link between poverty and gender inequality, sustainable consumption and participation by youth.

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Artificial intelligence expert: UN speaks language of humanity, coders don’t

Artificial intelligence (AI) already plays an increasingly important role in our lives — though we might not know it — but the computer coding behind it doesn’t yet reflect everyone’s needs, a leading tech expert believes. At an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event, Anastassia Lauterbach told Jens Renner that, with an “open and inclusive” dialogue on AI led by the UN, unexpected harm might result.

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Migration is beneficial ‘part of human history’, says UN envoy

International migration “has been with us forever”, and a safe and orderly means of facilitating it is “in everybody’s interest”, Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration, told UN News as the final round of negotiations on a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration took place at UN Headquarters in New York.

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Sun beating down on Africa’s Sahel could provide 70 per cent of world’s electricity needs

Around 70 per cent of the world’s electricity needs could be provided by solar power in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the recently launched UN Support Plan for the region. Rachel Kyte, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, believes that the Sahel is on the “cusp of a revolution” where solar can provide electricity to communities on and off the regional grid. She spoke to UN News’s Daniel Dickinson in Niger, one of the countries in the Support Plan.

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Somalia Partnership Forum puts politics, security and the economy firmly on the agenda

Somali politics, security and the economy, will all be on the agenda next week at an international meeting in Brussels where the Somali Government and its partners will be looking for ways to enhance peace and development across the Horn of Africa country.

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It's high time tech community tackled digital challenge together, says expert panel senior official

It’s “high time” the international community decided how best to embrace the potential benefits of digital technology - and protect against its unexpected negative consequences - a senior official from a panel of tech experts appointed by UN chief António Guterres said on Thursday.

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