Interviews

Nigeria’s crisis in northeast, already a humanitarian emergency: OCHA

UN humanitarians raised the alarm on Tuesday over frightening levels of child hunger in northeast Nigeria that are linked to more than a decade of violence by non-State armed groups.

In the three states where needs are greatest – Borno, Adamawa and Yobe - more than 1.7 million children under five, are already at risk of serious malnutrition. With more, here’s the UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Empowering us all, to restore the ocean

Empowering people to become more responsible and protect ocean resources, is the way that the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) believes we can all unlock innovative ocean science solutions.

Francesca Santoro is in charge of ocean literacy at UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), based in Venice.

Ms. Santoro explained to UN News’s Ana Carmo, what ocean literacy entails, and how the involvement of younger generations is crucial to help restore the ocean.

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Human Rights Council’s 50th session is special, says UN General Assembly President  

Here at UN News, we do try to avoid overloading you with too many facts and figures, but here’s one that’s worth remembering: the Human Rights Council has reac

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Ukraine war crisis ‘could reverse gains on hunger in Latin America, Caribbean’

Hurricanes, COVID-19 and now the Ukraine crisis: these are the three main reasons why hunger levels are spiking across Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), many families are so desperate that they’re prepared to risk their lives on a highly dangerous jungle crossing known as the Darien Gap.

Here’s WFP’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Lola Castro, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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UN Mission staying the course in Mali: MINUSMA chief

Amid ongoing insecurity in some regions of Mali, the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA, maintains an effective presence protecting civilians and supporting implementation of a 2015 peace deal. 

That’s the message from El-Ghassim Wane, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Mali and Head of MINUSMA, who is in New York this week to address the Security Council. Mr. Wane spoke to UN News’s Dianne Penn ahead of the meeting.

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Why all of us have a part to play in raising awareness about albinism: Rights expert 

As the world prepares to mark International Albinism Awareness Day on Monday 13 June, a top UN-appointed independent rights expert has insisted that progress is being made on raising awareness about the discrimination and dangers that people with albinism face. 

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Over 40 countries under the spotlight at Human Rights Council’s landmark 50th session

More than 40 different country situations of concern will be put under the international spotlight at the Human Rights Council’s landmark 50th session beginning on Monday, in Geneva.

Created in 2006, the forum is the most important multilateral body for the advancement of people’s freedoms, which recently have included strong and unequivocal action against racism and the challenges posed by climate change, as President of the Council, Federico Villegas tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Hunger in the Horn of Africa: Gut-wrenching scenes of desperation and loss

First families lose their land, then their livestock and then their children; that’s the stark reality of life right now in the Horn of Africa, where millions of people have been hit by successive failed rainy seasons.

According to UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, hundreds of thousands of Somali children are in desperate need of treatment for life-threatening severe acute malnutrition, more even than during the brutal 2011 famine.

With more details, here’s Rania Dagash, UNICEF Deputy Director for eastern and southern Africa, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Cause for ‘optimism’ that Ukraine war can end, as UN humanitarians prepare for harsh winter

There is room for optimism that the war in Ukraine will end, but meanwhile, the UN is planning how best to protect millions of civilians through the harsh winter that begins in just a few months’ time.

That’s according to Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine, Amin Awad, speaking exclusively to UN News, marking the 100 days since the 24 February Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Abdelmonem Makki, began by asking Mr. Awad if he thought the fighting could end anytime soon.

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Blue helmets offer us hope, says budding Ukrainian peacekeeper

When your country is at war, chances are you might have other priorities than attending an event at the UN that promotes peace. 

But that’s not the case for Ukrainian teenager Daria Yelisieienko, who travelled all the way from her war-torn country this week, to show her support for United Nations peacekeepers everywhere.  She spoke to UN News's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

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