Interviews

Head of UN’s most populous region calls for more progress on Sustainable Development Goals

Professor Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana  Executive Secretary of ESCAP) has warned that her region is set to miss all of the 17 SDGs which underpin the 2030 Agenda.

Ms. Alisjahbana was speaking to Conor Lennon from UN News in New York, and she began by outlining the message that she wants to get across during her time at UN Headquarters.

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Shadows of exclusion, social stigma, darken road to sustainable development

Discriminatory laws cast “long shadows” of exclusion, subordination and social stigma, and we must commit to breaking down the barriers these laws can create, to embrace “inclusivity”.  That’s according to Justice Edwin Cameron, appointed by Nelson Mandela as the first openly gay Judge on South Africa’s Constitutional Court, and widely seen as a hero for his fight to end all forms of inequality and exclusion.

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‘Exciting and potentially defining’ moment for Sudan, with people ‘taking power back’, says top UN Adviser

With Sudan so much at the centre of the whole “volatile” Horn of Africa region, its political fate will have major “implications for a number of other quite vulnerable” neighbouring countries, according to the UN’s Special Adviser on the country. Nicholas Haysom, was recently in New York, and in an interview with UN News, spoke about how “resolving the Sudanese crisis would generate stability” for the entire region. 

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UN agricultural development chief on 'State of Food Security and Nutrition' report

The newly launched "State of Food Security and Nutrition" report gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world. It also provides the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity. Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) spoke to Jérôme Longué of UN News, before the launch.

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Meet the UN health worker coordinating a mass measles vaccination campaign in DRC

The UN is leading efforts to tackle a measles epidemic in DRC, despite ongoing violence, and the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak on record.

Jerome Pfaffman from UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, describes how the agency is ramping up support to those in need.

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New life-prolonging cancer medicines added to list of essential treatments

Groundbreaking cancer treatments and medicines used to help mothers who’ve just given birth, are just two of the essential health products that all countries around the world should be providing, UN experts said on Tuesday.

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Heat stress set to cost world economy $2,400 billion a year: ILO

Two thousand four hundred billion dollars: that’s the expected cost of heat stress to the global economy every year from 2030, and it’s a conservative estimate, UN work experts said on Monday. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Catherine Saget, from the International Labour Organization, warns that developing West African States are likely to be worst-hit, as they’re facing a five per cent drop in working hours by the end of the next decade, caused by rising temperatures.

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‘So freeing’ to come out as ‘a lesbian and a feminist’

Back in 1976 Linda Tyson came out as “a lesbian and a feminist”, she told UN News on the sidelines of the 2019 New York City LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] Pride March on Fifth Avenue, long before the UN-GLOBE joined the World Pride parade.

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Daily security assessment needed in Ebola areas: WHO

Amid reports of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola-hit Ituri province, World Health Organization workers continue to risk their lives to prevent the disease from spreading deeper into rural areas. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response explains how the agency operates in this dangerous region.

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South Sudan peace ‘hangs in the balance’

Peace between government and opposition forces in South Sudan “hangs in the balance,” but there is an overwhelming desire from people in the eastern African country for an end to the five-year long conflict there; that’s according to David Shearer, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan. Speaking to UN News in New York, Mr. Shearer said that it was up to the country’s leaders to ensure the people’s desire for peace is fulfilled. Daniel Dickinson spoke to Mr. Shearer and began by asking him for the latest on the revitalized peace deal which was agreed late last year.

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