The Lid is On

UN News goes inside Gaza’s biggest hospital

For this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, the head of our UN News Arabic unit, Reem Abaza, reports from the Al-Shifa Hospital, where dozens of victims of violence are undergoing often years of treatment, in the face of cutbacks and funding crises.

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PODCAST: Getting business on board for a better world for all

In this week’s episode of our flagship podcast, The Lid Is On, Conor Lennon from UN News looks at the UN's efforts to collaborate more with big business in service of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 - not much more than 11 years away.

How did the UN convince big business to join this push to transform the world, with no-one left behind?

With guest  Dan Thomas, Head of Communications from UN Global Compact

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PODCAST: Building stronger, fairer cities, one garden at a time

This week’s episode of our podcast series, The Lid Is On, comes to you on World Cities Day, which was launched in 2014 to emphasize the world’s urban challenges.

We’ll find out what the UN is doing to influence the way cities grow and develop, and we’ll discover how community gardens are an effective, and low-cost way to build stronger neighbourhoods.

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PODCAST: Disarm, for ‘the future of our planet’

Disarmament is too important to be left to the experts. That’s the view of Renata Dwan, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), who says young people and civil society have a vital role to play in arms control, at this turbulent time in world history. For our latest Lid Is On podcast Ms. Dwan sat down with UN News’s Paulina Greer.

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PODCAST: Why should young people care about the UN?

How can the United Nations, created in the aftermath of the Second World War, stay relevant to young people today?

At this year’s High-Level Week of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General launched the Youth2030 Strategy, an ambitious plan to get the UN to step up its support for the empowerment of young people, and harness their talents for the global good.

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PODCAST: Feeding the world with 1.3bn tons of wasted food

Many of the world’s 821 million hungry people could be fed if less food was thrown away, according to the United Nations.  For this edition of our flagship podcast, The Lid Is On, marking World Food Day, Daniel Dickinson reports from New York on how small actions, could make a big difference when it comes to tackling global hunger.

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PODCAST: digital tech for the global good

The first in a series of special episodes of The Lid Is On, looking at how digital technology is being used to tackle some of the world's biggest problems, from climate change to disaster relief.

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PODCAST: For effective suicide prevention, we must ‘break the taboo’

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that about 800,000 people died in 2016 by their own hand, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. In this episode of our Lid is On podcast, Yasmina Guerda spoke to WHO’s focal point for suicide prevention, Dr. Alexandra Fleischmann, and to Sheilla Akwara, a singer from Kenya and suicide survivor, now working with youth to share messages of hope.

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From ‘hell on earth’ to a better future: using education to help Myanmar’s Rohingya

In this episode of our Lid is On podcast, Daniel Johnson from UN News spoke to UNICEF’s Simon Ingram, who recalled the “hell on earth” he found last August in the Rohingya refugee camps of Bangladesh, and what has been done to help youngsters since then, despite massive ongoing challenges.

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PODCAST: UN counter-terrorism body says returning terrorist fighters a ‘considerable challenge’ to Member States

In a report released in July, the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate for the Security Council (CTED), warned of a growing threat: the return of foreign terrorist fighters, or FTFs. For the latest episode of our Lid is On podcast, we asked David Wells, political analysis and research Unit coordinator for CTED, to explain the challenges and potential solutions to the problem.

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