The Lid is On

PODCAST: Outgoing 'relief chief' urges better global cooperation to stamp out suffering

The unprecedented rise in people requiring humanitarian assistance will continue unless countries collaborate better to combat conflict, climate change and disease, including COVID-19.

That’s the firm belief of the UN’s top aid official, Mark Lowcock, who leaves this week after four years heading its Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

He spoke in depth to UN News’s Dianne Penn.

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ISLAND VOICES: The changing face of Vanuatu’s Police Force

Today, women are still in the minority across Vanuatu’s Police Department, but times are changing.

In the final episode of Island Voices, Sergeant Bianca Simeon and her colleagues describe the challenges they face.

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ISLAND VOICES: ‘men and women together make good leadership’

Vanuatu’s national parliament doesn’t have a single woman member, but two activists are committed to changing gender politics.

In the second episode of Island Voices, Georgilla Worwor, and Anthea Arukole, a former political advisor to the Vanuatu Government, discuss their political ambitions.

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ISLAND VOICES: Vanuatu’s new wave of female surfers

In the Vanuatu, young women are taking their long boards to the water, refusing to accept the idea that surfing is only for men.

”Solwota Sista” is the first episode of Island Voices, a three-part podcast series which looks at the ways that women in Vanuatu are attempting to break down barriers.

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PODCAST: Fighting climate change, one building at a time

The role that buildings have to play in climate change rarely gets the same level of attention as issues such as energy production or transport, but they are a significant part of the problem. The UN estimates that, in 2019, emissions from buildings hit an all-time high, accounting for more than a third of all energy-related greenhouse gases.

In New York, home to UN Headquarters, these techniques are now being put into practice, and older buildings are being “retrofitted” with the latest materials, for the benefit of residents, and the environment.

Conor Lennon went to visit some New York projects that could help the City and State to achieve its strict and ambitious climate goals.

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PODCAST: Speaking up and confronting hatred, in memory of the Holocaust 

Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated 76 years ago this week, and to mark Holocaust remembrance day in late January, the corridors of UN Headquarters are normally filled with the stories of survivors who come to bear witness. 

But this year, the annual commemoration programme was held online for the first time ever, due to COVID-19, under the theme “Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust”.  

For this latest edition of our Lid is On podcast, Ana Carmo brings you some of those voices of survival, along with the poignant contribution of German leader, Angela Merkel, and leading UN officials, speaking out against intolerance and racism, with neo-Nazism seemingly on the rise.  

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