The Lid is On

The UN is almost 75: Does it have the support it needs to survive?

Who wants the death of the UN?

This provocative question is the title – translated into English from Qui veut la mort de l’ONU?  in French – of a new book by Romuald Sciora and Anne-Cécile Robert, two French journalists and experts in international affairs.

In it, they argue that the United Nations is often unfairly held responsible for a lot of the ailments of the world: war, famine, health and environmental crises…

For this new edition of The Lid Is On podcast, Yasmina Guerda spoke to them while they were visiting UN Headquarters in New York, about what, in their view, needs to happen to safeguard the Organization’s future.

Music credit: Massive Attack, by Podington Bear.

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PODCAST: Peace, prosperity? We’ve never had it so good, Steven Pinker tells UN

We’ve never had it so good – that’s the data-driven message delivered at UN Headquarters this month, by one of the world’s foremost public intellectuals, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker.

He was delivering the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Inaugural Presidential Lecture, with the journalistically counter-intuitive declaration, that humankind is more peaceful, prosperous, healthy and free, than ever before.

For this latest UN News Lid Is On podcast, Matt Wells caught up with Professor Pinker who explained why the Sustainable Development Goals are one of the most “glorious, noble, thrilling” achievements of all time.

Music credit: Hallucinations, by Yung Kartz.

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The Baldwins talk healthy eating, and a healthy planet

We have been “absolutely shameful stewards” of the environment, according to Academy Award-nominated actor and activist Alec Baldwin, who stopped by our UN News studio with his wife Hilaria after they spoke at the launch of a new UN-backed report that links food and health with a sustainable plan

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PODCAST: ‘Willing to die for the truth’ - lessons of hidden Jewish archive live on today

 Writer-director-producer Roberta Grossman, and executive producer, Nancy Spielberg were recently at UN Headquarters for the screening of their new film “Who Will Write Our History”. For this edition of our Lid Is On podcast from UN News, they sat down with Jessica Jiji during the UN’s Holocaust remembrance commemorations in New York, to talk about their film. 

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PODCAST: How to beat the opioid epidemic

In late January, David Sheff and Vicky Cornell joined a panel discussion on addiction organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  Mr. Sheff’s memoir about his son’s addiction is now a Hollywood movie, and Ms. Cornell was married to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, whose suicide she has attributed to prescription drugs that altered his mental state.  They told Conor Lennon from UN News that changes to the health care system play a key role in addressing the crisis.

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‘Language death’ a ‘symptom’ of struggle to save indigenous identity

As the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages begins, ancient mother-tongues under threat of extinction across the world, need to be seen as a “symptom” of a much wider struggle.  That’s the view of one leading linguistics professor in New York, Daniel Kaufman, founder of the non-profit Endangered Language Alliance.  In this edition of the Lid Is On podcast Mr. Kaufman speaks with UN News's Matt Wells.

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Lights, camera, action: new TV pilot shines spotlight on UN women

Award-winning producer James Manos, Jr. has written a pilot for a new television series focused on United Nations women staffers and the sacrifices they make to ensure the organization's goals are met.  Marking World TV Day, Mr. Manos and top screen actress, Serinda Swan, spoke to UN News’s Liz Scaffidi, for this latest edition of our Lid Is On podcast series.

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The most popular audio tracks from UN News for 2018

In this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast series, we’re bringing you a roundup of the most listened-to audio of 2018 here at UN News. 

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Appalachian cellist ditches the van, to pedal against climate change

Growing up close to the famous Appalachian Mountains, in the United States, made musician Ben Sollee appreciate natural beauty, and also spurred him into action when he saw the destruction caused locally by mountaintop coal mining. For this edition of our podcast, the Lid Is On, the American cellist and political activist Ben Sollee explained to UN News’s Yasmina Guerda at the COP24 climate change conference in Poland, that even though “music can’t stop the bulldozer” it can definitely raise awareness.

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Podcast: ‘Plant-based meat’ alternatives begin to bite, in battle against climate change

The livestock industry is responsible for a staggering amount of greenhouse gas emissions, with a single beef burger taking up to 450 gallons of water to produce. The UN is ramping up awareness on the issue, and two companies who make “plant-based meat”, were recently named “Champions of the Earth” by UNEP. Conor Lennon from UN News went along to see how the new generation of meat-free meals are going down with the notoriously hard-to-please burger-loving public of New York City.

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