Interviews

Ukraine crisis: Children have been killed and more will die, warns UNICEF

Amid growing international condemnation over Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, tens of thousands of people are still trying to escape to neighbouring countries, fleeing en masse.

This has brought huge numbers to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, where UN children’s fund spokesperson James Elder has been giving an update on the emotional and tense scenes he’s witnessed, to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Ukraine conflict: half a million flee to neighbouring countries

Five days after Russia launched a "special military operation" against Ukraine, more than 500,000 people have fled across the borders, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Monday.

Ukrainians, mostly women and children, have been escaping to Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and beyond.

UN humanitarian agencies are on the ground and ready to increase support in what is a fast-growing refugee emergency.

UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, and told him that people arriving are exhausted by the “grueling journey to safety”.

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Climate change impacts ‘fall strongly on disadvantaged and poor people’ around the globe

UN scientists on Monday delivered a dire warning about the impact of climate change on people and planet.

The report launched by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows how climate change is affecting every continent.

Although it is a global issue, its “negative impacts fall particularly strongly on disadvantaged and poor people across the globe, who have the least ability to adapt”.

The comment is from Professor Mark Howden, Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions, at the Australian National University, one of the authors of the report, and Working Group Vice-Chair. 

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No time to lose to make a fairer post-COVID world: UN labour agency chief

There’s no time to lose if we’re to ensure that the world after COVID-19 is fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable, UN labour agency chief Guy Ryder insists.

In an interview with UN News’ Daniel Johnson, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General also offers some refreshing advice: There should be “no more programmes” and “no more plans…let's just get down to the rock face and start making progress together".

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Indigenous radio is ‘backbone’ of our communities, Torres Strait journalist says

Broadcasting in indigenous languages connects these communities to culture and at times provides important information that can save people’s lives, says Rhianna Patrick, a journalist from the Torres Strait Islands.

Speaking to Julia Dean from the UN Country Team in Australia, she explains the importance of radio to indigenous communities, and why it must be funded.

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More solidarity needed to counter rising insecurity crisis: UNDP

Despite rising global wealth, most people today feel anxious about the future, according to a new report from the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 

Dianne Penn spoke to Heriberto Tapia, the Research and Strategic Partnership Advisor in the Human Development Report Office at UNDP.  

The new report is entitled New Threats to Human Security in the Anthropocene, and he began by explaining what this means. 

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When you lived through it, the Holocaust ‘never leaves you’ 

Pinchas Gutter is from Łódź, Poland, where he enjoyed a very happy childhood before the Second World War. He survived six different Nazi concentration camps – a life forever changed by the traumatic events of the Holocaust.

In this powerful and moving interview marking this week of Holocaust Remembrance at the UN, he tells Nathan Beriro, that he turned “almost into a nothing”. Survivors, he says, “can’t ever run away from what they have lived”.

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The suitcase of courage

A dusty old suitcase that lay undiscovered for decades in a backyard shed in Australia, has revealed an astonishing story of friendship, courage and resistance to the Nazi regime and its extermination camps, where millions of Jews were systematically murdered during the Second World War. 

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Global education partnership ‘hard-wiring’ gender equality: Former Tanzanian president

The Chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), former Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete, says that although the key objective is helping disadvantaged children everywhere get access to quality schooling, supporting girls is their top priority.

After meeting UN Secretary-General António Guterres at UN Headquarters this week which also saw the world mark the International Day of Education, Mr. Kikwete sat down with Leah Mushi, to review how the partnership has been fulfilling its mission over the past 20 years.

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UNICEF education chief insists on reopening schools amid growing learning gap

Since the onset of COVID-19 around 70 per cent of 10-year-olds can’t read a simple piece of text.

Richard Jenkins, the Director of Education at UNICEF, explains the severity of the COVID effect on children’s schooling.

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