Interviews

‘The longer we wait to reduce emissions, the more challenging will be’, warns climate expert

“The longer we wait for the substantial reduction of emissions, the more carbon dioxide we need to remove from the atmosphere, said Jonas Pasztor, Executive Director for the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2). Yasmina Guerda sat down with Mr. Pasztor to talk about the technology that can be used to help with this global problem. 

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FAO aims for sustainable mechanization of farming, ‘the backbone of the African economy’

“Agriculture is the backbone of the African economy”, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and combined with the challenges of a growing population, the organization is now joining forces with the African Union to develop a way of mechanizing farming throughout the continent in a sustainable way.

FAO’s Charlotta Lomas sat down to talk modernization and sustainability, with Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, and Joseph Mpagalile, an agriculture engineer and expert at FAO.

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First World War exhibition highlights conflict’s mixed international legacy

It’s a little-known fact that soldiers from every African country took part in the First World War, which ended exactly 100 years ago last month.

To remember them – and those from even further afield who also made a major contribution – an exhibition at the UN in Geneva hosted by the Mission of Belgium has provided a fascinating insight into their experiences on the front line in Northern Europe from 1914-18.

Dr Dominiek Dendooven from In Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium, sat down with UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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‘Empty lands in Myanmar’ await Rohingya return: UNDP director

Since late August 2017, more than 725,000 mainly-Muslim Rohingya have left Rakhine state, across the border into southern Bangladesh, fleeing widespread and systematic ethnic violence. But they left behind at home a ‘vast land not being cultivated’, with an estimated 70% reduction in agricultural production just in Maungdaw District alone, said the UN Development Programme’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu, in a recent interview with UN News.https://www.unhcr.org/

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INTERVIEW: Scene is set for more face-to-face talks on an end to war in Yemen

2018 has been “terrifying” for Yemenis, who have suffered from a conflict characterised by indiscriminate military attacks, and the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.  UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths spoke with chief of our UN News Arabic service, Reem Abaza, after the Yemen political consultations in Sweden, that led to a ceasefire in the port of Hudaydah.

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News in Brief 20 December 2018

  • WFP reaches a record 5 million people in DRC
  • Unimaginable horrors’ facing migrants and refugees in Libya
  • New Migration Pact Highlights Key Role of Business in Protecting Migrants, say UN experts
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World Food Programme urges US to reconsider Palestine funding cuts: civilian impact ‘horrendous’

Food insecurity has become a major issue in Gaza and the West Bank, not because food is hard to find, but because hard-pressed families cannot afford to buy it, according to Stephen Kearney, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Representative and WFP Country Director in Palestine.  Mr. Kearney spoke with UN News’s Arabic chief, Reem Abaza.

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Saving lives with data: how the UN is developing digital tools for improved humanitarian aid

Sarah Telford, the director of the UN Centre for Humanitarian Data, spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News about the ways that better data tools can assist humanitarian workers in getting aid to the people who need it most, and also the challenges the Centre faces, from privacy issues to the risk of identification and subsequent reprisals in conflict areas.

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Refugees’ plight ‘will not stop’ unless root causes of flight are addressed: GA President

Following the General Assembly’s affirmation of the Global Compact for Refugees on Friday, and the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration last week, Ms. Espinosa explained how the compacts are “mutually reinforcing” for the people they serve.  Speaking to UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, she said the freshly-adopted compacts provide a platform for “burden-sharing” between countries hosting and delivering services to refugees and migrants.

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‘Massive funding crisis’ for Palestine relief, compounds ‘collapsing system’: UN coordinator

Hospitals unable to feed their own patients, elective surgeries postponed for years – those are just a few examples of what the UN’s Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Jamie McGoldrick, describes as a “collapsing system in freefall”.

Our UN News Arabic chief, Reem Abaza, was in Gaza with Mr. McGoldrick several weeks ago, and after they had visited the main hospital there together, she asked him to outline the extent of Gaza’s plight.

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