The Lid is On

Seeing, hearing, feeling the reality of child trafficking

What’s it really like to be a victim of child trafficking?  The founders of non-profit, Street Art for Mankind, that fights child trafficking using art from around the globe, are trying to provide the answer. For this latest edition of our UN News Lid is On podcast, Natalie Hutchison went along to find out more.

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Checkpoints and searches: the daily reality for Palestinian children at Hebron school

Not many school commutes involve having to go through checkpoints and body searches, but that’s the daily reality for some 163 Palestinian youngsters in Hebron, a bustling city in the southern part of the West Bank. 

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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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Start nurturing your mental health ‘at an early age’ urges UN chief

Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five adolescents experience mental health challenges, though most remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. Marking Mental Health Day on Wednesday, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on the psychological well-being of young people aged 10 to 14, to stave off conditions that can impact their lives deep into adulthood.

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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