UN and Africa

Tanzanian human rights champion for women and girls wins top award

They have a saying where Rebeca Gyumi comes from in Tanzania, which sums up the collective spirit of community she grew up in: “I am, because you are”. The drive to champion human rights instilled in her as a girl, came to fruition last December, when she arrived at UN Headquarters in New York, as a recipient of the prestigious UN Human Rights Prize.

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Chad’s cattle herders welcome tech solutions to beat climate change

What does climate change look like to those living on the front line of extreme weather regions across the world, and what can be done right now to help them?

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From DR Congo to New York City – one war refugee’s UN-aided journey

New York-based Lubunga Mwendanababo  is a US citizen, a recent graduate of Georgia State University, and manager of a furniture store in New York.  But, as a small child, he had to flee a bloody conflict in DRC, and spent 14 years in a refugee camp along with over 140,000 others. He talks about his journey, and how the UN helped along the way.

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Somalia ‘vulnerable but making progress’

The troubled Horn of Africa country, Somalia, is still vulnerable but is making progress towards a more stable future, according to Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia and head of UNSOM.  In this episode of UN and Africa Mr. Keating sat down with UN News's Daniel Dickinson in New York to discuss Somalia’s future.

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Mandela letters reveal ‘the power of hope’

A newly published volume of prison letters written by the former President of South Africa and global anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, reveal to the world the enduring “power of hope”, according to the South African journalist and author who edited the volume. For this edition of our UN and Africa podcast, Matt Wells talks to Sahm Venter, who was at UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.

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Sahel not ‘land of misery but land of opportunities’

The Sahel region of Africa should not be considered a ‘land of misery’ but rather a ‘land of opportunities,’ according to the United Nations Special Adviser for the Sahel.   For this special edition of our UN and Africa podcast, Daniel Dickinson reports from the Sahel and talks to the UN's Ibrahim Thiaw, the man with the daunting task of turning ideas, into action.

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Ending border dispute, just one problem Eritrea must solve

For this edition of our UN & Africa podcast, Sheila Keetharuth, ending her six-year mandate as the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, talks to Daniel Johnson after presenting her last report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Ghanaian twin activists hope for change in negative ‘narrative’ surrounding albinism

Twin activists from Ghana are praying for the day when a child born with albinism “will not be met with scorn, scandal and spectacle.”

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Reporting from the UN’s deadliest mission, as peacekeeping turns 70

For this edition of our podcast series UN & Africa, we’re in Mali, joining UN chief António Guterres and other top officials to mark the 70th year of peacekeeping, and honour the dedication and sacrifice of those who put their lives on the line to make the world a more secure place. 

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Twenty-year-old disarmament process in Sierra Leone 'miraculous'

For this latest UN and Africa podcast, as the UN chief António Guterres unveils a new disarmament agenda, we’ll hear from a former UN staff member who watched the West African country rid itself of the menace of deadly battlefield weapons.

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