Interviews

Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 6

In addition to the week’s main news headlines focusing on President Biden’s potentially massive boost to global cooperation, we’ll be hearing from Myanmar, where the UN is helping to tackle child labour.

Plus, insight from guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo…thanks for listening! 

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Migration chief calls for all displaced to be included in national COVID-19 vaccination plans

The head of the UN migration agency, IOM, is strongly advocating for governments everywhere to respect the “fundamental right of healthcare” when it comes to ensuring vulnerable migrants and the displaced get equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

In an interview for UN News, António Vitorino wants migrants to be included in all plans. The agency's Yasmina Guerda, began by asking the Director General to outline the overall impact of the pandemic on migrants and the displaced.

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Many Tigray refugees entering Sudan with nothing but their clothes: UNHCR 

Nearly 60,000 people from Ethiopia’s volatile Tigray region have now crossed the border to remote southeastern Sudan, after more than two months of fighting, many with just the clothes on their backs. 

The emergency has created a massive protection challenge for the UN refugee agency in SudanUNHCR, which is doing everything it can to provide what they need, as spokesperson Axel Bisschop tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

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State of the Planet: Pandemic slows efforts to adapt to climate crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to hamper the efforts of developing countries to adapt to the climate crisis. This is the analysis of UN climate mitigation expert, Dr. Henry Neufeld.

Dr. Neufeld warns that, whilst the pandemic should have allowed governments to invest more use of green technologies, and bounce back stronger than before, there is little evidence so far that this is happening.
 

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Migration will continue to rise, despite pandemic, says UN official

Migration is part of the modern world, and it is not going away despite a COVID slowdown, a UN official has told UN News.

Jorge Bravo from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), explained to Conor Lennon from UN News that the longer-term trend is showing an increase in the numbers of people leaving their countries of origin to live elsewhere.

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Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 5

This week’s show features the week’s news headlines, an interview with the World Food Programme (WFP) on the poorest of the poor in Madagascar, some of whom are eating mud and leaves to survive, and insight from regular guests from the UN Geneva team, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo.

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World in ‘much better place’ to fight desert locust scourge – UN’s FAO

Compared to last year, everything is in place to successfully fight the devastating desert locust swarms that have been threatening food supplies and livelihoods across the Horn of Africa region, according to the senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official, in charge of forecasting the pest’s movements.

Charlotta Lomas spoke to Keith Cressman, who said that $80 million was still needed to control the scourge, through the coming months.

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State of the Planet: Natural ways to cope with climate change

What progress is the world making in adapting to the changing climate? And can nature itself provide the answers? This is the focus of the first episode of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) State of the Planet podcast.

Valerie Kapos, from  the UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, discusses the findings of the latest UNEP Adaptation Gap report with host Tim Albone.

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After drought and failed harvests, people of Madagascar reduced to eating mud 

After years of drought, and with what little the people of Madagascar have managed to grow, destroyed by flashflooding, more than 1.3 million are in crisis - and some are even eating ground-up clay just to survive.  

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, WFP’s regional director for southern Africa, Lola Castro, explains how the UN agency is helping by empowering communities to withstand future climate shocks

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‘Not one country has the homeworking policies we would like to see’: ILO official

Homeworking has necessarily exploded since the COVID-19 pandemic took a grip on the world, from around 260 million people in 2019, to some 580 million in 2020.

A new ILO report, released on Wednesday, lays out the penalties paid by those now having to work from home, which include higher health risks, lower wages, and social isolation.

Sergei Soares, a labour economist at the ILO,  explained to Conor Lennon from UN News that the impetus behind the report was the fact that very few countries have ratified the ILO’s Home Work Convention.

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