Interviews

‘What brings us together’, more ‘than what divide us’: UN Commissioner for Dubai Expo

The six-month long 2020 Dubai Expo came to an end this week, marking the end also of the United Nations Hub there, which aimed to explain to attendees, the central and diverse role the Organization plays at the heart of world events.

As the first Expo to be held in the Middle East, the mega-event was forced to delay its opening, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but ultimately, it attracted 23 million visits. Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division and UN Commissioner-General at Expo 2020, spoke to UN News’s Anshu Sharma who was in Dubai, for the closing day. 

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UN health agency launches global bug-busting plan to prevent new pandemic

This week saw the UN launch an ambitious bid to stop the spread of common, mosquito-borne diseases – known as “arboviruses” - which threaten more than half the world’s population.

Here’s the World Health Organization’s Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove now, telling UN News’s Daniel Johnson all about how the Global Arbovirus Initiative plans to share expertise on bug-busting across continents.

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Everyone can be a climate activist 

“Go vote” is the resounding message that 20-year-old American climate activist Sophia Kianni wants everyone to hear, because the only way to effect real change to slow global warming is through better public policy, she says. 

Liz Scaffidi spoke to Ms. Kianni, a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, who began by explaining how she took up the mantle of climate activist. 

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Boosting women-led business: The view from Dubai

With thousands of business leaders, government officials, academics and entrepreneurs gathering in Dubai this week for the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF 2022), discussions on Tuesday turned to boosting support for women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses.

The Forum held a panel on ‘Uplifting Women Entrepreneurship’ where participants discussed the range of challenges and solutions for businesswomen in the Arab region, and beyond.

UN News’s Anshu Sharma is in Dubai and spoke to the Chairperson of the Emirates Businesswomen Council of the UAE, Farida Al Awadhi.

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Innovation, the key for implementation of 2030 sustainable development agenda

This week, more than 1,000 business leaders, government officials, academics and entrepreneurs, are gathering at the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF 2022) in Dubai.

Under the theme of “connecting minds” towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, they will be brainstorming ways to strengthen global partnerships, and finding new investment opportunities to make the 2030 SDGs a reality.

UN News’s Anshu Sharma is in Dubai, and talked to WEIF’s Executive Director Dr. Hashim Hussein.

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In eastern Ukraine medical needs are ‘just cascading’, warns WHO

Medical needs in Ukraine “are just cascading” – that’s the message from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which is pushing hard to access people with chronic and emergency needs, in large areas of the war-torn country.

On the line from the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, here’s the agency’s Tarik Jasarevic, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Development losses, destruction, could see 90% of Ukrainians impoverished by year’s end: UNDP 

Up to 90 per cent of the Ukrainian population could end the year living on $5.50 a day or less, if Russia’s invasion continues for months on end, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Representative in the country – before the war, the figure was just two per cent.

Dafina Gercheva told UN News’s Nargiz Shekinskaya, that Ukraine and its people were going through a “living hell” as the bombardment continues, with more than 30 per cent of businesses already shuttered, and over $100 billion of infrastructure damage already recorded, after just a month of fighting. 

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Chances of island survival 'diminish every day': UN ocean envoy

The solutions to restore the health of the ocean -which provides us with oxygen, food and livelihoods- are out there, and in 100 days they will be in the spotlight in Lisbon, Portugal, at the second ever UN Oceans Conference. 

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Gender equality in climate action talks, a key goal: UN Women

Women and girls are 14 times more likely than men to be killed or injured as a result of climate crises and natural disasters, so it’s high time their voices carry more weight in climate negotiations.

That’s the straightforward message from UN Women, which has launched a new strategic plan to increase women’s political participation and leadership on climate change and environmental sustainability. UN News’s Ali Khaffane caught up with Adriana Quinones, Director of UN Women’s liaison office in Geneva, to explain the agency’s approach.

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Influencers encourage dangerous drug use: Narcotics board chief

Social media influencers are glamourizing the use of cannabis, heroin and other controlled substances, and governments and companies need to do more to stop these kinds of messages being spread on popular platforms, the head of a UN-backed drug control body warned on Thursday. Jagjit Pavadia, the President of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News on the launch of the organization’s annual report.
 

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