The Lid is On

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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From Angola to Iraq, mine removal ‘the precursor to peace’

In this episode of our podcast, The Lid is On, Paul Heslop of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) tells Dianne Penn how removing mines and bombs literally clears the path for peace and development.

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‘Frontier technology’ key element of new UN disarmament agenda

It’s time for the United Nations to play a bigger role in disarmament, according to UN chief António Guterres, calling for concrete, practical actions to promote peaceful conflict resolution. Among those actions is to maximize the benefits of “frontier technology”. Daniel Johnson discusses the various ways that the UN is looking to incorporate such technology in its disarmament agenda.

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Investing in education - It’s ‘about the future of the world’ says global envoy

The UN Special Envoy for Global Education is on a mission to convince wealthy donors that investing in good teachers and classrooms is an investment in our collective future.

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'From heart to hand' — one cartoonist’s graphic UN journey

After speaking to students at an event for The Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme, celebrated Belgian-born Israeli cartoonist Michel Kichka sat down with Cristina Silveiro for our Lid Is On podcast to talk about the “overwhelming” and profound journey he began when he put pen to paper on a graphic novel examining the impact of his own father’s trauma surviving the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

Music credit: Sad Moments, by Ketsa

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