‘We have an obligation to solve the hunger problem’: award-winning chef Andrew Zimmern  

Award-winning chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern was recently named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), expanding his global advocacy to fight hunger and food waste around the world.  

In an interview with UN News, Mr. Zimmern speaks about the implications posed by a growing food crisis, and how, as a “land of plenty”, the United States has a responsibility to help solve the hunger problem.  


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Sudan: Finding consensus to move forward a ‘challenge’: UN mission chief 

Finding a national consensus to move forward following October’s military takeover of Sudan’s government, and subsequent reappointment of the civilian Prime Minister, is going to be a challenge, but discussions to restore trust are underway.

That’s according to the top UN official in the country, Volker Perthes, who also heads the UN assistance mission in Sudan, UNITAMS. 

In an interview with UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki, Mr. Perthes also spoke about the de-escalation of tension in the restive Darfur region, and about the overall future of Sudan, where he believes that a return to full democratic government, is still possible.

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ISIL survivors can be assured of international support

Survivors of genocide and other atrocities committed by ISIL fighters in Iraq should rest assured that the international community supports them. 

That’s the message from Christian Ritscher, head of UNITAD, the special UN team investigating these crimes, who spoke to UN News’s Abdelmonem Makki prior to briefing the Security Council in New York. 

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Safeguarding children’s digital lives

Artificial Intelligence systems are being used in an increasingly large range of toys, games and educational tools targeting children, but there are few safeguards in place to protect them.

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Yemen recovery will take time and money, but is not impossible: UNDP

Despite the ongoing war in Yemen, and the devastating humanitarian consequences, there is still hope for recovery within a generation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a report published on Tuesday. 

The report outlines how ending the conflict, combined with inclusive policies, including greater investment in women, could lift Yemen out of poverty and put it back on the path to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Auke Lootsma, UNDP Resident Representative in Yemen, was in New York and spoke to Dianne Penn ahead of the launch. 

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Moving the narrative from ‘feeding to nutrition’: an interview with the World Food Prize laureate  

Aquatic foods – a key source of protein, micronutrients and essential fatty acids – are “superfoods”, which, when added to a diverse diet of vegetables, fruits and pulses, such as beans, peas and lentils, contribute to cognition, health and nutrition.   

In an interview with UN News, 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted explained the important role that fish and aquatic food systems have in sustainable healthy diets, and how they should be included in nutrition policies and programme interventions to tackle malnutrition. 

Noting an urgent need to shift the global narrative from simply feeding people to nourishing a growing population, Dr. Thilsted, a steering committee member of a high-level food panel with the UN Committee on World Food Security, began by telling UN News’s Sachin Gaur how her research approach has led to this award. 

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‘Kid of the year’ who’s not afraid to tackle global challenges through science 

If news headlines get you down sometimes, I’ve got the antidote: it’s youth activist Gitanjali Rao.  

At just 15, Miss Rao was Time Magazine’s first Kid of the Year in 2021 – in recognition of her success in solving problems through science. 

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For Afghan children, 'it's all about survival': UNICEF

In Afghanistan, some 22.8 million people are facing food insecurity, including 14 million children.  

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New UNDP initiative shows Afghan people they ‘have not been forgotten’ 

In the past few weeks, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), under an agreement with the Global Fund, has quietly extended a lifel

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UN steps up wheat planting support, as Afghans face catastrophe

Afghanistan may have dropped out of the news headlines since the Taliban takeover in mid-August, but the situation there is heading towards catastrophe, UN humanitarians have warned. 

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is ramping up support to reach the poorest families there, said the agency’s representative in the country, Richard Trenchard, speaking from the capital, Kabul, with UN News’s Daniel Johnson.  

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