Interviews

Drought in Somalia could hit not only livelihoods but also ‘pastoralists identity’ 

With drought in Somalia on the verge of affecting 2.2 million across the country - almost a fifth of the population - UN agencies are calling for urgent funds for critical livelihood support.   Stressing that drought is causing crops to fail and livestock to die, OCHA’s Justin Brady said that not only livelihoods were at stake, but the whole centuries-old “identity” of pastoralists in the region. 

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A world without bees would wipe out many staple crops, UN warns on World Bee Day

What would a world without bees look like? Their absence would mean no more coffee, apples, almonds, tomatoes and cocoa, to name just a few of the crops that rely on pollination for yield and quality.  For this Target Zero Hunger podcast, Charlotta Lomas spoke to FAO’s Abram Bicksler about sustainable agriculture practices that can help protect bees.

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Young social entrepreneur in India turns wedding waste into meals for the needy

On a mission to feed hungry citizens, a young social entrepreneur in India, is tackling the food waste challenge there, by rescuing food left over from weddings, parties and supermarkets. Padmanaban Gopalan takes advantage of geolocation technology by allowing restaurants and individuals to log into his “No Waste Food” app, where “they can find the nearest community that can take their food, instead of throwing it in the bin”. 

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Thousands of migrants still trapped by intensifying clashes in Tripoli detention centres

Thousands of migrants remain trapped by fighting in and around Tripoli, UN agency IOM has warned, more than a month after an assault on the Libyan capital began, led by self-style

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Plastic pollution peril, symptom of world’s ‘out-of-control chemistry experiment’: top explorer

Explorer Paul Rose is usually found in the world’s wildest places where he works with scientists to find solutions to climate change. For the last two weeks though, he’s been in downtown Geneva at a major UN conference, to encourage countries to ban widely used toxic substances and plastic pollutants. 

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UN Coordinator in South Pacific highlights need to boost funding against climate change

The greatest threat to the traditional way of life across the Pacific region, is climate change, says Simona Marinescu, UN Resident Coordinator for the 28 islands that make up Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. Paulina Greer spoke to Ms. Marinescu, on a recent visit to UN Headquarters in New York.

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New resolution on sexual violence in conflict, bolsters UN’s ‘survivor-centred’ approach, says top official

A newly-passed Security Council resolution on sexual violence in conflict, “reinforces” the mandate of the UN’s top official dealing with the issue, cementing a “survivor-centred” approach in “all aspects of prevention and response”. That’s according to the UN’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramilla Patten, in an in-depth interview with UN News following the resolution passed late last month.

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WHO leads bid to protect rural communities from neglected snakebite emergency

At least 80,000 people die from snakebites every year, but the UN health agency has a plan to help the rural communities who are worst affected. That’s according to Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder, head of the World Health Organization’s Neglected Zoonotic Diseases unit. 

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UN boosts countries’ ability to track terrorist movements

An new initiative to track terrorists has been launched at UN headquarters. The programme from the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) provides countries with the tech to improve surveillance. Conor Lennon from UN News asked Jelle Postma from UNOCT why the UN had launched the initiative.

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Bangladesh braces for Cyclone Fani, UN moves to protect vulnerable refugees

UN staff in Cox’s Bazar are monitoring Cyclone Fani’s movements very closely for any potential impact on what is the world’s largest refugee camp, agencies said on Friday. The cyclonic storm made landfall close to Puri, in eastern India, and it’s expected to reach the southwestern part of Bangladesh during Friday night.  IOM Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh, Manuel Pereira, spoke to UN News’s Alexandre Soares by phone, from Cox’s Bazar.

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