Interviews

Swiss youth activist sets sights on New York UN climate summit

The UN’s first Youth Climate Summit takes place in New York this Saturday where participants will include hundreds of young advocates from around the world. One of them is 23-year-old Marie-Claire Graf from Switzerland, where  her “Sustainability Week” initiative aims to turn universities into sustainable role-models.

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The uneducated are ‘denied almost everything’, says new General Assembly President

Back in June, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, was elected by acclamation to preside over the 74th session of the General Assembly, which begins on Tuesday.

In his first major interview with UN News, Mr. Muhammad-Bande told Cristina Silveiro that poverty eradication, inclusion and quality education would be his top priorities in office.

Calling education “a complex matter”, he spelled out that “whoever is denied an education is denied almost everything”.

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More women should wield UN General Assembly gavel, says Espinosa

We “need more women in power positions”, the outgoing President of the 73rd General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa has told UN News, saying that gender parity and women's rights are not only about justice, but “about common sense”. 

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Culture is ‘the best diplomacy we know’, UNESCO assistant chief declares

Beyond nourishing us, food can serve as “a great path to follow” to understand the development changes that are needed for a sustainable future.

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Three ways to implement interfaith dialogue from top official of UN’s inclusivity wing

Global communication, understanding the value of religious freedom, and a solid framework are all key in implementing protection of religious sites.  

That’s from  Miguel Moratinos, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), referencing a Thursday announcement of new efforts by the agency to counter hate and violence around the globe.

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New technology could expand scope of South-South Cooperation, UN envoy says

South-South Cooperation is “essential, and critical” in reaching the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals agenda come 2030, and the digital world will play an instrumental role.

That’s from Jorge Chediek, the Special Envoy of the Secretary General and Director of the UN Office on the matter (UNOSSC), who explains how the massive sharing of information with countries of the South can be amplified by online tools.

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Cameroon’s ‘place of terror’ now a ‘land of hope’

A dusty, dry and conflict-affected area in the Far North region of Cameroon has been turned into a “land of hope” according to a mentor for people displaced by the activities of terrorists in the West African country.

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Hurricane Dorian wreaked unprecedented ‘mass destruction’ on Bahamas: UN relief chief

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, flew to the Bahamas on Wednesday to meet with the Prime Minister and other members of Government, and discuss the next steps in the relief effort.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with UN News’s Conor Lennon, Mr. Lowcock described the scene as one of “mass destruction”.

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Paddling hard for a Global Oceans Treaty

Paddling hard for a Global Oceans Treaty

Most people think that only trees produce oxygen. But one marine biologist explained that algae is responsible for “more than 50 per cent of the oxygen that we breath”.

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Refugee children excluded from education will never be equipped to rebuild their countries: UNHCR

The vast majority of the world’s nearly 26 million refugees are hosted in the Global South where providing education for them is a major challenge, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the agency’s Mamadou Dian Balde (Deputy Director, UNHCR Division of Resilience and Solutions) explains how a new plan is helping to provide not just primary but also secondary schooling to vulnerable youngsters.

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