Growing up close to the famous Appalachian Mountains, in the United States, made musician Ben Sollee appreciate natural beauty, and also spurred him into action when he saw the destruction caused locally by mountaintop coal mining. For this edition of our podcast, the Lid Is On, the American cellist and political activist Ben Sollee explained to UN News’s Yasmina Guerda at the COP24 climate change conference in Poland, that even though “music can’t stop the bulldozer” it can definitely raise awareness.
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.
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?
In his first interview for UN News, Secretary-General António Guterres tells us there needs to be a "surge in diplomacy for peace", and that global problems need global solutions beyond the capacity of any superpower.