The Lid is On

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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'Repression is fashionable again' — outgoing UN Human Rights Chief

In this episode of our Lid is On podcast, to mark the end of his four-year term in office on 31 August, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave UN News an extensive interview, looking back over some of the most consequential moments of his time in the role.

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Last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor fights for human rights, 70 years on

 “Never give up”. Is the motto of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg post-war US Military Tribunals, and at 99 years of age, he is still a tireless, and fearless, fighter for human rights and justice.  For this episode of our Lid is On podcast from UN News, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, invited Ben Ferencz to our New York studio to talk about the ongoing fight for universal human rights

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Chad’s reluctant women suicide bombers

Young women are increasingly being groomed as reluctant suicide bombers in the impoverished Lake Chad region of central Africa. In this special The Lid Is On podcast from UN News, Daniel Dickinson travelled to Chad to listen to the experience of one teenage girl who survived after being sent by Boko Haram to blow herself up at a busy weekly market.

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