The 17 Sustainable Development Goals projected on UN headquarters, New York, 2015.
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Parliamentarians directly called to take action on global issues by UN chief

Addressing parliament elected officials from around the world gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday for an annual hearing, UN chief António Guterres called for their support on legislation and financing of global solutions to global problems, such as climate change, uncoordinated migration and the dangers of some new technologies.


“Crisis of an entire generation” indoctrinated by ISIL

A new report endorsed by the UN that examines child indoctrination by the ISIL terrorist group represents the “crisis of an entire generation”.

That’s according to the senior researcher launching the report in the UK parliament on Wednesday, called Children and the Islamic State.

The UN cultural organization, UNESCO, contributed to the report, from counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation.

Livestock training programme empowers rural women in Rwanda

Rwanda leads the world when it comes to the number of women serving in parliament.

More than half the elected officials there are women.

Gender equality is also helping to reduce poverty in remote areas of the East African country, according to the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Joanne Levitan reports on a training programme that is changing lives on family farms in rural Rwanda.

Duration: 4’12”

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First woman Speaker of Parliament elected in Arab world

The Arab world has elected its first-ever woman Speaker of Parliament.

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi has been elected as Speaker of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Parliament, making her the first-ever woman Speaker of an Arab national parliament.

She has been a parliamentarian in the UAE since 2006, where she has been particularly active on youth and gender issues.

Veronica Reeves spoke with Zeina Hilal from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). She started by asking her what percentage of parliamentarians worldwide are women.

Duration: 1'57"