Interviews

Zimbabwean peacekeeper honoured for gender advocacy in South Sudan

Governments should recruit more women into their national forces so that they can serve at UN field operations, the recipient of the 2021 Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award has said. 

Major Winnet Zharare, who's from Zimbabwe, served at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where she championed  gender parity within her own ranks, but also among local military counterparts and in host communities. 

She spoke to UN News's Ben Malor. 

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Why cash is the best way to help Ukrainians in need

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, the consequences of the war have been devastating for many millions of people in then country.

Many of those forced to flee left behind friends and communities, their homes, belongings, and jobs.

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We have the tools to curb global warming: UN weather agency chief

The head of the UN weather agency, WMO, has told UN News that with the cost of renewable energy falling, and new investment from the private sector, we have the tools to limit global warming to the globally-agreed limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

WMO chief Petteri Taalas, was speaking on Wednesday, as the State of the Climate 2021 report showed that new records were set last year for four out of seven key climate change indicators, despite some progress in recent years.

Daniel Johnson in Geneva asked Mr. Taalas to outline the report’s main findings.

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Impact of COVID-19 is likely to be with us for a decade, experts warn

Two and a half years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be tempting to think that for many of us, the worst is over - the reality is that the fallout from the coronavirus could last a decade, and not only in the health sector, scientists have said in a new UN-backed report.

To ensure that we’re better prepared for the next global shock, governments everywhere need to take stock of the vulnerabilities that have been exposed nationally, and internationally, as UN News’ Daniel Johnson's been hearing from a group of experts in the field, including the head of the UN's disaster risk reduction office.

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Space talks seek to bring global security into their orbit

As if there weren’t enough problems to worry about down here on earth, there is a growing number of threats to global peace in outer space too, which is why UN-led talks are underway all this week in Geneva to find common ground on cosmic security.

Chairing the first open-ended working group on reducing space threats, veteran Chilean diplomat Hellmut Lagos explained to UN News’s Daniel Johnson why space matters to us all, and what Member States are most concerned about.

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Ukrainian victims share harrowing testimonies of war

As the war in Ukraine grinds on, the work of UN investigators has continued, with the harrowing task of gathering testimonies and evidence of potential war crimes.

To date, the deaths of more than 3,300 civilians have been painstakingly confirmed by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which readily admits that the actual number will likely be many thousands more.

In an interview with UN News, the Head of the mission, Matilda Bogner, gives an overview of the investigation’s progress since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. 

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Cartoons are funny but defending democracy is deadly serious work: Chappatte

If you like political cartoons, chances are that you’ve come across the work of Patrick Chappatte, in leading international newspapers and journals.

In addition to his prolific output, Mr. Chappate is also president of the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation; to coincide with World Press Freedom Day 2022 on 3 May, it’s unveiled a new exhibition in Geneva, featuring drawings by other top illustrators who take great risks to stand up to authority.

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‘Prevention and peacebuilding’ – a crucial investment

“We can’t afford not to invest in prevention and peacebuilding” – that’s the view of newly-minted UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar.

In an interview with UN News, she spoke at length to Liz Scaffidi, about the critical importance of building peace and her role in making that happen.

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UN appoints first independent expert on climate change and human rights

Demonstrating the wide-ranging consequences of the climate crisis, the UN Human Rights Council has appointed the first-ever Special Rapporteur on the P

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‘Ripple effect’ from Ukraine war being felt in South Sudan: WFP

The war in Ukraine is having a “ripple effect” in South Sudan, where the World Food Programme (WFP) is working to feed millions of people battered by conflict, unprecedented flooding, and displacement.  

Matthew Hollingworth, WFP Country Director in South Sudan, explained to UN News’s Dianne Penn why the agency is being forced to make some tough decisions around aid distribution. 

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