The Lid is On

Giving voice to Yemen’s voiceless: Jamie McGoldrick reflects on two years in charge of the UN’s humanitarian effort

This year’s UN Response Plan for Yemen, describes the war-torn country as “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis” in the world, with more than 22 million people – around three-quarters of the total population – in need of help.

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Podcast: UN “will save the world”: still passionate for peace at 90

He was one of the UN’s very first staff members, and 72 years on, Robert Kaminker is still advocating for peace and the power of the organization to ultimately “save the world”.

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Podcast: Peacekeeping and protection in South Sudan

Defending the vulnerable from attack is one of the important duties of a UN peacekeeper, but what do you do when you come across a secret safe that may contain weapons, hidden away in a camp designed to protect civilians?

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Podcast: Inside the world’s worst humanitarian “nightmare”

The UN chief has called the plight of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh a “humanitarian and human rights nightmare”.

So what has it been like trying to ease the suffering on the ground?

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Podcast: Surviving sexual slavery - Grizelda’s story

How do you overcome years of sexual slavery, despite scars which will always remain?

Grizelda Grootboom knows the answer, and in September, she joined the Secretary-General at the UN’s main podium, to tell her story.

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Podcast: South Sudan refugee influx threatens Uganda's "open door"

South Sudan has known no respite since fighting broke out last July, following the collapse of a peace deal between the government and opposition forces.

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Podcast: Lawyer runs 40 marathons to highlight water, sanitation issues

A charity runner who does not particularly enjoy running has completed 40 marathons in 40 days to raise awareness about the global goal of providing all people with clean water and sanitation by 2030.

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Saving the "blue heart" of the planet: the Ocean podcast

Sylvia Earle, perhaps the world’s best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean as a little girl.

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The power of bearing witness: how rape became an act of genocide

During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, “rape was as much a tool of genocide as the machete,” the UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura has said.

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The man who defined genocide: 'The Lid is On' podcast classic

Raphael Lemkin is hardly a household name these days, but back in the 1940s he became the driving force behind what would become The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the C

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