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The Latest: Pope praises UN efforts for worldwide cease-fire
"Pope Francis is praising United Nations Security Council efforts for worldwide cease fires to help tackle the Corona virus pandemic. In remarks Sunday to the public in ST Peter's Square, Francis hailed the Security Council's request for a global and immediate cease fire, which would permit the peace and security indispensable for supplying so urgently needed humanitarian assistance. Pontiff called for the prompt implementation for the good of the so many persons who are suffering. He also expressed hope that the Security Council resolution be a courageous first step for the future of peace. The resolution calls on parties to armed conflicts to immediately cease fire for at least 90 days. To enable safe, sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, including medical evacuations.
Fresh update on "un" discussed on The Organic Gardeners
"7 30 I'm Bora Shell off, a sheriff's officials says A shooting at a South Carolina nightclub left two people dead and eight wounded. No one was immediately taken into custody following the early Sunday shooting at lavish lounge, But the Greenville County sheriff said his office had some suspect information. Authorities had originally said 12 people were hurt, but later told W y F F TV a revised casualties figure. The names and precise conditions of the victims weren't immediately released. Ah Facebook post from the club said Fuji Ana was scheduled to perform Saturday night representative tells The Associated Press The trap wrapper is safe. Pope Francis is praising United Nations Security Council efforts for worldwide cease fires to help tackle the Corona virus pandemic. In remarks Sunday to the public in ST Peter's Square, Francis hailed the Security Council's request for a global and immediate cease fire, which would permit the peace and security indispensable for supplying so urgently needed humanitarian assistance. Pontiff called for the prompt implementation for the good of the so many persons who are suffering. He also expressed hope that the Security Council resolution be a courageous first step for the future of peace. The resolution calls on parties to armed conflicts to immediately cease fire for at least 90 days. To enable safe, sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, including medical evacuations. On America's 244th birthday, not celebrations. But demonstrations across Pittsburgh, starting with a boat parade on the Monongahela River near the South side works. That's where Brandon Klink from were turn. West Virginia told Katie Kate television. He was there. To support the president, Sport or president. Trump Flag Parade 4th July, no better place to be and yards away on the hot metal bridge. Mayor Moke told Katie Katie V. He had a different idea of how to celebrate Independence Day. The most patriotic thing you can do on this Fourth of July is protesting against him and his policy. Later in the day, A larger demonstration took off from market square large group numbering in the hundreds marched along Grant Street and down Liberty Avenue until they were met by a line of Pittsburgh Police concerned the demonstrators were headed to the Fort Pitt Bridge. After some tense moments between the demonstrators and police, the police retreated and the demonstrators returned to market square. Mr Bini told Katie Katie V. She's encouraged by the turnout of the day's march. It's about a world that is possible in.
Pompeo asks UN to extend an international arms embargo on Iran
"Calling Iran the world's most heinous terrorist regime. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today urging the U. N. Security Council. To extend the ban on arms sales to Tehran countries in the Middle East who are most exposed to Iran's privations are speaking with a single voice. Extend the arms embargo, Pompeo calling on the council to reject what he calls Iran's extortion
Fresh update on "un" discussed on Morano in the Morning
"About 130 billion of $660 billion approved for the program remains eligible for businesses to seek direct federal subsidies from payroll and other costs, such as rent. Through the Paycheck protection program. Qin Norman reporting. He said. Car drove onto a closed freeway and into a crowd of protesters, killing one person and critically injured. Another 24 year old summer. Taylor. Seattle died at Harbor View Medical Center Saturday night. Police say. The driver for the Karr around vehicles. Is this town? All that calm. With Korea is adamant. It has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States. That is unless Washington discards what it describes his hostile policies towards Pyongyang. The statement came after President Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton, told reporters in New York this week. The president might seek another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong UN as an October surprise. Ahead of the November election. Correspondent Ron to rocks to reporting. The Defense Department's as a 21 year old soldier has died in a vehicle accident while serving in Afghanistan. Vincent Sebastian Iberia. Of San Antonio, Texas, died as the result of a vehicle roll over accident on Friday in far Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation. Iberia was assigned to the second Battalion, second Infantry Regiment. For these stories of town hall daikon, Patrick pause. It's Hollywood. 3 60 on AM 9 70 The answer. Of the show, reflecting on classic radio Hollywood 3 60 with your host, Carla Martin. I can see you right now in the kitchen bending over a hot stove, but I can't see this. Don't even no nose. Would you mind telling me whose brain I did put it and you won't be angry. I will not be angry. Be someone and be someone, Abby. Hope be normal. What do Carl call is a inventor slash entrepreneur. Yeah, I'm still looking for that home run, You know, I mean, I saw the iPod The first time I was like I could kick myself so hard and my name batteries to power turbines to move up. Hello, everyone..
U.N. Security Council Rebuffs Pompeo on Iran Arms Ban
"Nations weapons embargo on Iran is about to expire, raising concerns that Tehran could threaten the security of the Middle East by becoming the most popular arms dealer for terrorist organizations worldwide. U S Secretary of STATE Mike Pompeo, speaking today at the United Nations Security Council with song from Iran's actions While implementing the J C. J c P L A that the regime doesn't moderate. When we lift sanctions or weaken accountability. In fact, it does just the opposite. While still claiming to remain in the deal. Iran by his own admission. And it's confirmed by the IAEA showing no signs of slowing its destabilising nuclear escalation. The 13 year old ban on Iran from the U. N will expire in October under the terms of Tehran's nuclear deal from five years ago with world powers.
Los Angeles judge orders release of migrant children, citing coronavirus
"Breaking news about a court decision affecting migrant children, The New York Times reporting tonight, citing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday ordered the imminent release of migrant children held in the country's three family detention centers the order to release the children by July seventeenth came after plaintiffs in a long-running case reported that some of them have tested positive for the coronavirus applies to children who have been held for more than twenty days in the detention centers run by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Two of them are in Texas. One is in Pennsylvania. The judge in the case criticized the trump administration for spotty compliance with recommendations from the Centers for disease. Control and Prevention to prevent the virus from spreading in detention facilities. The agency had recommended social, distancing the wearing of masks and early medical intervention for those with virus symptoms. The judge wrote in her opinion. The family residential centers are on fire. There is no more time for half measures. We are joined now by the governor of Colorado Jared Police Governor. Thank you very much for joining US tonight. I WANNA get your reaction to this. Court order tonight. saying that the trump administration can no longer detain these children in dangerous conditions for the coronavirus. Well Frankly Lawrence, most of these children shouldn't have been detained in the first place. Many of them have aunts uncles, even parents older siblings that are perfectly able to take care of them. It's inhumane to effectively separated them from their families and place them in detention so really any reason is a good reason to help. Release these kids to love now there might be a few that. Don't have a family or loved ones and the need to be taken care of while their status is to is adjusted, but the vast majority I'm thrilled for them. I'm thrilled for them, not thrilled because buyers and thrilled because they're no longer be locked away away from their families for no good reason. And the judges is pointing out that the trump administration was actually true to its public posture about all this meaning. It wasn't really taking the virus seriously in these detention centers. It wasn't really doing the minimum that the CDC. was suggesting for detention centers like this. You know what we know about. This virus is whenever there's a congregate living facility, a lot of people living together whether it's a senior facility, a boarding school, a prison or a youth detention center. We know that this virus just takes off. And so that's why, in Colorado many states, we've taken a lot of precaution in the prisons, prisoners and guards, wearing masks, lockdown cellblocks, avoiding transfers in enjoyed out of them. You have to take very seriously any congregate care facility, and certainly those youth detention centers while the UN. Be there in the first place. If they are, there should've taken those precautions from the Gecko.
Abandoned oil tanker off Yemen coast at risk of exploding
"News reports and abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen that's loaded with a million barrels of crude oil may rupture. Lisa Slimane reports from Geneva. There's fear of massive environmental damage to the Red Sea. The oil tanker hasn't been maintained for more than five years. Seawater reportedly a seeped into the engine compartment, causing damage to the pipelines and increasing the risk of its sinking. Experts say it's not possible to repair the ship. The UN has been trying for years to unload the oil from the vessel and pull it to safety, but the war in Yemen and political gamesmanship have prevented this diplomats say the WHO th the rebels who control the Western red seaports where the ship is moored have resisted efforts to salvage it, they say the WHO thieves are holding the tanker as leverage against an attack by the internationally recognised Yemeni government for NPR news. I'm Lisa Shlein in
Pompeo says if UN doesn't extend arms embargo on Iran, US will seek sanctions
"And secretary of state Mike Pompeii says he could seek to reimpose U. N. sanctions on Iran if the security council does not approve a resolution that would indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Iran which is set to expire in October he said that without the arms embargo Iran will be able to purchase advanced weapon systems and become an arms dealer of choice for terrorists and rogue regimes throughout
Bayer says it's paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto's weedkiller, PCB cases
"Waters Germany's Bayer agreed to settle U. S. lawsuits claiming that it's widely used weedkiller roundup cause cancer for as much as ten point nine billion dollars after more than a year of talks the German pharmaceutical giant will be paying almost eleven billion dollars to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto's weed killer roundup which is facing numerous lawsuits over claims it cause cancer bear says will also be paying up to one point two two billion to settle future claims including one involving PCB in water the roundup settlement will bring closure to nearly three quarters of the current one hundred twenty five thousand filed an un filed
North Korea military action against South Korea likely "postponed, not canceled" by Kim Jong Un
"New this morning north Korea's it's planned retaliation against South Korea for stalemated relations and anti Pyongyang activism has been suspended by Kim Jong un analysts say the north after weeks deliberately raising tensions with threats of military action may be pulling away just enough to make room for south Korean concessions if it eventually opts for military action it could resume artillery drills and other exercises in front line areas or its vessels could cross the disputed western sea border but Pyongyang's actions are likely to be measured to bread full scale retaliation from south Korean and U. S.
Tensions rise after North Korea blows up liaison office
"Seems like we have to talk about North Korea again the grand opening of the inter Korean liaison office two years ago was a big deal both symbolic and literally it was meant to reflect improving relationships between north and South Korea heavily covered North Korea blew it up laurel why so this incident is highly symbolic the office was meant to facilitate dialogue between the two Koreas and paid for by the south and sitting on the north soil so North Korea framed the decision to destroy the office as retaliation after a group of defectors use balloons to send anti north Korean propaganda leaflets north of the DMZ but this is really just the latest escalation in in this in these tensions after North Korea last week also announced it would cut off all communications with the south as well in response to the leaflets on it in addition the north also said it would re militarize portions of the border that had been peaceful in recent years so this is really a bad sign that Ted that relations between the north and south are in a very bad place right now and this is particularly disappointing for for Korea watchers after after president trump and south Korean president moon actually had made some progress in negotiations with the north over the last few years at least in appearance anyway even though the Singapore summit in twenty eighteen the agreement was mostly symbolic it it's still sort of paved the way for these this dialogue to continue but unfortunately that that's really gone downhill since then and at the same time there are recent reports that are popping up that are saying North Korea has been ramping up its nuclear weapons arsenal John and last year last year it broke an eighteen month hiatus and and weapons tests conducted in eighteen I think tested mostly short range ballistic missiles since then so is Shawn and Kim yo Jong north Korean leader Kim jong-un's sister has taken responsibility for this attack for blowing up the liaison what do we know about her why would she do this she's a sister on on for quite some time she's been on the sidelines Korea watchers would sort of parse state photos and see where she's standing in and for a long time she was this figure shrouded in mystery now she's come to the fore and she's limited she's been quite quite a dramatic presence in all this she seemed to be a bit more ruthless than her brother and and and there's a great deal of speculation about the kind of role she's currently playing within the regime in Pyongyang and and how much influence she has how much growing influence she has I think her coming to the fore is is important the the the move to blow up this office in Quezon is as low as saying huge blow to political blow to moon jae in the south Korean president who's really yoked his legitimacy and his political aspirations on a real fall with north with the north and that that seems to be in in a tough place right now and of course it is our hope that this explosion also kind of very symbolically blows up what what already faded aspirations the trump administration had that its efforts including these incredibly publicized photo ops with between trump and Kim Jong moon it really blows up the city really underscores the hollowness of the trump plan to get North Korea to do to denuclearize
North Korean leader's personal plane makes rare flight amid heightened tensions
"North Korean leader Kim jong-un's plane took off today leading to speculation the nation may be preparing for military action against South Korea the movement of Kim's personal plane is rare and it comes after the leader is banned out of public view for almost a month it's especially troubling according to experts because North Korea warned of military action against South Korea in a protest over activist anti regime Lee flooding across the border the regime also stunned many by blowing up a building the two countries used to further reunification efforts it's not clear where the twin engine jet that used for short hops eventually ended up but it's believed to have flown into an area near a
George Floyd brother makes impassioned plea to UN
"Will fill in those Floyd asking for the U. N. human rights council to investigate the death of his brother George during an arrest in Minneapolis the way it murder it is the way black people are treated by police in America the U. S. quit the United Nations human rights council two years
Absent From Stimulus Packages: Overhauling Energy, Climate Programs
"Some countries are literally printing money to rescue their economies from the ravages of covid nineteen. The UN and some others argue that some of that money should be spent to fight climate change. The European Union has a plan to do that. The US so far does not despite the fact that this country has a tradition of overhauling our energy sector to promote economic recovery. Here's NPR's Jeff Brady. Consider President Franklin. Roosevelt's new deal a century ago, electricity may not come to mind, but a big element was building massive hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River then the government paid woody Guthrie to write songs about. Colonial. Power returning our. Law. The legacy of those dams is mixed. They forever changed the environment, but they also brought electricity to rural America during the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties about ninety percent of the US. Farms had no electricity. Ted Case is executive director of the Oregon. Rural Electric Cooperative Association his Co. up. Members exist because the new deal brought utility, Poles and power lines down many miles of dusty Rhodes and connected homes to the grid that day was the most incredible day for a lot of families when they finally got to throw. Throw that kerosene lantern out the window which many people did decades later? President Obama was sworn into office amid an economic downturn. His stimulus plan included ninety billion dollars that helped reshape the US energy landscape. It's an investment that will double the amount of renewable energy produced over the next three years solar and wind grew quickly, and now the cheapest source of electricity in some places, but hundreds of thousands of renewable energy jobs have been lost. Scientists say carbon emissions must be reduced dramatically to avoid the worst effects of. Of Climate Change, that requires significant changes at a time. The country already is spending a lot of money about three trillion dollars on relief packages so far Julian brave noise cat is with the group data for progress. It is irresponsible from like a very basic good government perspective to not have any of that money. Go to Queen Energy and fighting climate change noise cat says money should be spent creating jobs to build retrofit houses install rooftop, solar and deploy electric vehicles. Heather reams also is concerned about climate change, but. But her politics are more conservative and market focused. If we're talking about if you'RE GONNA put taxpayer money someplace, put it where you're going to get a good return, and that is in clean energy. Reams heads citizens for responsible energy solutions. She says there are bills. In Congress. That could become stimulus programs even with an administration that shows little interest in climate change they do recognize the economic value that clean energy brings the jobs that brings particularly to a lot of red states, so I think the business certainty. Trump's if you will any kind of political challenges, another idea has the support of some conservatives and big oil companies taxing carbon dioxide emissions I. Think it's fair to say that carbon taxes are economists favorite way of addressing climate change Yona. Marinescu is an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, but she says this would be a bad time to levy new taxes. She suggest the government invest lots of money in clean energy upfront, and then Levy carbon tax to pay for it when the economy recovers, it's one idea among many the point. Is that climate? Climate Change arguably is the biggest problem humans face now and fixing. It requires sweeping solutions at a time. The US's spending lots of money. It's a sad time, but also an opportunity to do investments that perhaps we didn't have the Mo-jo to get our act together and do before. Sometimes it takes a good crisis to finally move in a whole new direction just like the new deal. Here's what's different. Though after the Great Depression and the two thousand eight recession, the country had presidents who believed in fixing the big energy problems of
Tensions rise after North Korea blows up liaison office
"North Korea says it will re deploy troops near the border with South Korea the north's military making the move a day after it blew up an inter Korean liaison office just north of the border here's CBS's Margaret Brennan this statement from North Korea was not subtle blowing up the office for diplomacy in case song that it had opened in twenty eighteen with South Korea and making good on a threat issued by Kim yo Jong Kim jong-un's increasingly powerful sister she also said troops are preparing to surge into the DMZ that's where president trump took a symbolic step into North Korea last year to shake hands with Kim Jong un but diplomacy has stalled the regime continues to test short range missiles and has produced enough nuclear material for dozens of weapons North Korea said today's actions were provoked by south Korean activists would sent anti Kim leaflets cross border the trump administration called the actions counterproductive careful language meant to keep alive president trump's signature foreign policy initiative North Korea often ratchets up tension in election years in the hope of extracting concessions from R. C. I. A. analyst Jim Popp I think that they are we are in for a potentially a wild ride in June as North Korea and the camera can family tries to show a strength for internal and external audiences Margaret Brennan CBS news
NKorea's military threatens to reenter demilitarized areas
"The north Korean army has warned that it's ready to take action against South Korea and the latest of a series of threats against its neighbor the army said it was studying a plan to move back into areas of the demilitarized zone separating the countries which had left two years ago from so Laura Baker reports North Korea claimed the threat of military action is in response to defector groups in the safe sending propaganda material over the border over the weekend Kim yo Jong the sister of north Korean leader Kim Jong UN ordered the army to prepare for action today the military said it was ready to turn the frontline into a fortress in twenty eighteen to Kitty is dismantled several guard towers and withdrew troops from some areas along the heavily fortified border as part of a push towards peace north Korea's military is now threatening to reverse
Kim Jong Un's sister threatens South Korea with military action
"Threats of military action against South Korea from the sister of north Korean dictator Kim Jong moon while describing the south as an enemy Kim yo Jong also blasted soul over deteriorating bilateral relations the fiery comments come just hours after a senior official in Pyongyang advised South Korea to drop the nonsensical talk about the north's
Why has North Korea stopped talking to South Korea?
"We should probably acknowledge upfront. The North Korea throwing a massive tantrum about something or other is as shocking headlines. Go up there with Sun rises. The Democratic People's Republic is indeed readily imagine as a vast fortified Kat. It's missile launchers as angrily flung toys, its occupant, a child who's upbringing was rarely punctuated by the. None. So this week's announcement that north. Korea has abruptly severed all communications with South Korea may seem like no big deal. It may even be no big deal, and yes, these caveats are being inserted up the top, just in case North Korea just as abruptly decided to end it sulk while this explaining is still current. At issue? This time is the pretty long standing practice of defectors who have fled North Korea for. South Korea and activists sympathetic to them of drifting balloons across the inaccurately named demilitarized zone which separates the two countries. The balloons generally carry anti-regime messages, but also also born chocolate bars, US dollar notes and advertisements for the joys and benefits of treacherous, warm, mugging capitalist revisionism. She never. We have made a miniature version of the New Testament and we are sending these over by using balloons. Last year, we sent about sixty thousand copies disabled. We're going to send about seventy thousand copies. To. Don Those pudding recently that. To. In fairness to North Korea, which is not a phrase. One authors often. North Korea does have a case. If your neighbor continually floated blimps over your share fence, which scattered pamphlets declaring that you'll loan was tatty in your bird box was ugly. You'd likely scratch them off your Christmas card list as well. There's also the fact that until as recently as two thousand eighteen. South Korea operated immense banks of loudspeakers along the border which broadcast among other things deafening decibels of K pop into North Korea. In this specific context, the keeping of Kim Jong Hoon thumb off. The Big Red Button appears an active superhuman restraint. That aside, however North Korea has never been famous for its sense of proportion in much the same way that South Korea has never been famous for its non annoying pop music and Pyongyang's response to the balloon issue has been characteristically vituperative. Roden Sinmun the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the workers. Party of Korea and a journal which can be safely seemed to be accurately. Reflecting Pyongyang's thinking has called the balloon senders disgusting riffraff rubbish like Mongrel dogs and human scum has said that the tolerance of their behavior by South Korean authorities has aroused out dismay that one may have lost a few degrees of each and translation and menaced vote. showed them how much price they out to be forced to pay for hurting the holiest. And emotions of our people. There's yards more of this sort of stuff if you're a bit start for distraction. The practical implications of North Korea's latest strop as follows the twice daily calls to the Cross Board Liaison Office in the border city of case Song will cease. No more balling sniffling puppet of American imperial thuggery. How's IT hanging? The channels which allowed the military's of the two Koreas to communicate with each other will also be closed. These strategic upshot of all this from north. Korea's perspective is a little hard to glean. The balloon offensive is not new indeed has been going on for a while. North Korea is clearly choosing to make a thing of it, and as invariably the case with people prone to making a thing of things. If it wasn't this, it'd be something else. In this instance, the significant aspects may not be so much the what as the WHO, or whom whichever is correct, one of the signatures on the new no speaks policy. Was that of Kim Yo Jong increasingly prominent sister of Kim Jong UN, long thought of as a sort of executive assistant to her brother. These last few months have seen Commute Jong increasingly framed as a policymaker, and perhaps given the recurrent speculation about Kim Jong UN's health, they future leader North Korea may be trying to get North Koreans and the rest of the world used to her. And all this could be a pretty standard north. Korean play create. Crisis Demaim concession declare victory, and it's a standard play because it works in diplomacy is in life, the reasonable often defer to the unreasonable as long as it will persuade them to shut up. South Korea has already and with an
North Korea lashes out at South Korea over propaganda leaflets in fresh row
"Relations between north and South Korea or the frosty as they've been since twenty eighteen your CBS's evenly your free and defectors launch leaflets across the border the airborne messages criticizing Kim jong-un's regime their message was received north Korean state TV showed students in Pyongyang staging a large rally against the south Korean government while chanting death to
The Post Pandemic City
"The economic reopening in a lot of cities is still in its early stages right now in New York. It just started yesterday, but it is still possible to discern a few big trends. One of the most important trends, the world retail stores might be changed forever. The simple reason is that people have shifted to buying things online just incredibly fast in this crisis they've had to. They haven't been able to actually walk into stores and a lot. Lot of retail companies the ones that tend to sell their goods in physical location, the old fashioned way they are going to struggle to reopen at all clothing stores. Big Department stores were already in trouble because of e-commerce Derek. Thompson is a writer for the Atlantic magazine and he just published an article about the future of cities. He says there are a lot of those kinds of stores. The US in general is dramatically over stored over. Over retailed we have approximately ten times more retail space per capita than Germany about five times where retail space per capita than the UK and that means if a lot of economic activity goes online, a lot of the stores are going to have to be shut in a city. These stores are often clustered together in certain neighborhoods, so if they start closing up in big numbers, people are going to notice the difference just going to. To be a lot of boarded up windows. Of course, this isn't going to happen to every business. Some businesses Derek likes to say are un-. Amazon Apple, which means you cannot buy online with these businesses are selling like working out in a gym or eating inside of a restaurant or a bar. In cities, those businesses were already taking up more of the retail space before the pandemic, but there is a problem both restaurants and fitness centers. Create conditions that based on our current understanding of Covid nineteen are just about the worst possible conditions that you can be in for transmissibility of this disease. It's inside spaces that often aren't well ventilated or people are packed together and they're also. They're often talking or sweating, so the kinds of businesses that were already in trouble before the pandemic retail stores, department stores aren't even more trouble now while the kinds of places with a good chance of thriving long run like gyms and bars and restaurants are exactly those places that will continue to be most threatened by the virus in. In the short run at least until there is a vaccine or or some other solution answers, Derek there is another trend that is changing what cities look like. He calls it the chain of vacation of cities, so before the pandemic big national chain of restaurants and retail stores had been replacing some of the smaller independent quirky kind of weird businesses that often will make a city interesting between two thousand, eight and two thousand eighteen New York. City added a new. Dunkin donuts franchise approximately every twelve days every twelve days a new Dunkin. DONUTS in New York City for ten straight. Small, independent businesses have less access to raising money than be companies do so. They are more at risk of closing down if they start running out of cash to pay their bills, tens of thousands of small businesses have closed down for good because of the pandemic, and that is going to give big chains, even more of a foothold in cities. And that's not all along. With these huge changes to the retail landscape of cities think about two other trends that have also been accelerated by the crisis. I more people are working from home now, which means fewer people are otherwise going to corporate offices like the ones often headquartered in big cities and second of all population growth in cities is lagging behind suburbs. In fact, the populations of New York and Chicago actually fell last year. When you add it all up, it means that in the near future whole parts of big densities like new. York could be quiet and a lot emptier. emptier than they were before. We haven't even mentioned movie theaters, museums, playhouses, concert and sporting venues, the places that often provide cities with so much of their kinetic energy, but these are also the kinds of places that are expected to be the last to open Derek. Thompson says you take all these trends together, and it shows how the pandemic is acting as a kind of tax on crowdedness that means it's a tax on what makes cities cities I love cities because of their diversity because of their bustle, because of that that from of people, and this is going to punish that thing. So, you could be rough times ahead for
"un" Discussed on UN News
"This is an academy with US following a five day visit to Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC where instability intercommunal violence and disease Ez continues to take a heavy toll. The human rights situation there is showing signs of improvement. Said High Commissioner Michelle Ashley. The human rights chief visited visited the Eastern Province of Italy and medley. There's from the hammer and lender communities. We have suffered atrocities which according to a recent report from her office may constitute potential crimes against humanity at the end of revisit this week. The High Commissioner spoke exclusively to raid your copy the Francophone radio station station run by the UN mission in the country MANISCO. Speaking to your room mate specially started by giving an overview of the current state of human rights into DRC. We've voiced his questions into English. I will tell you. There has been a decrease of three percent. In the number of documented documented human rights violations this has been limited the number Gravity and consequences for the population remains warring though I am particular particular concern that in fact that state agents remain responsible for the majority fifty four percent over the documenting violations against the across the country. They have done less violation but still remain the biggest responsible the FA RDC in particular particular remained responsible for the largest Numbers is supposed to twenty eight percent of documented. We're talking about documented violation. We're talking about allocate. Bailey shows that have been presented by people and the had been verified which must trace that beyond limitations in their ability eighty to protect civilians. They play an active role as perpetrators decisive action. Then on the government to stop is needed to stop all by elections by the security agencies and our forces is needed but on the other hand we see an increase of activities by armed on group they have increased by forty percent. Continue to have a devastating impact on civilians so he has increased weight. In general montains the proportion on state actors but We have increased activities by armed groups so the other thing that is concerning is the increase of reported the cases of sexual violence but we have to also acknowledged progress in some areas and it has been a significant decrease minus twenty six percent percent almost a third less in the number of violation of fundamental freedoms such as you know the opening of Democratic Space Freedom of speech is the assembly and well the release of political prisoners. So I think this is a positive thing that really acknowledge however. I think it's always needed to continue making all efforts so The there's nobody relational for political a million and political rights including the should be no attacks against human rights defenders and other civil society actors and of course demonstrations should continue to be free and have hello Repression on ten January. The United Nations joined Human Rights Office published a report which states at least seven hundred. One people were killed in communal community conflicts into drew territory in Italy between September. Twenty seventeen in September two thousand nineteen according to these documents. The vast majority thirty of the victims of the attacks appear to have been targeted because of their membership of the him a community. The report also indicates that he attacks could be genocide or or crimes against humanity in his report has been contested by the Lendu community which considers it be as in full of errors. You met this community in Boone. What was the response you gave them well? First of all the reason that I went to Italy is because the majority of people will Al- always to north keep all South Kivu. We have just this report that show us that there will be problems in Italy and individual territory. The second thing that I explained to them is that the findings of the report are based on a thorough objective impartial investigation conducted by the UN. Join Human the office using the standard methodology of my office. We use the same little dollies you all over the world. I told them that all violations are abusive by all parties have been investigated the with the same level of care on thoughtfulness the figures of the report represent all the incidents against that could be verified according to the OT charming dot org and standard of proof. I pointed out that the report also also provides figures of land victims of attacks perpetrators by the Hema and documents human rights violations abuses committed against the the Lendu undo by the army and police forces. And not only figures of Hemmeh victims and finally I also noted that we will continue to the money towards the situation so I invited him to share any information about human rights abuses and violations that were not included in the report for for us so he can be verified several Congolese personalities and organizations have asked I see seat to consider the crimes and other abuses committed by national and foreign armed groups ups particularly in the East. What is your opinion? Well we think that justice substantial element of the pathway to peace peace without justice spur difficult difficult to be sustainable. We have seen it in many parts of the world. There must be accountability for crimes. Committed and justice must be seen to be done done by population have been victims of crimes and serious human rights violations. The Primary Mission of the icy sea is. It's indeed to help Putin and to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes and thus contribute to the prevention of such crimes important to note however that is not a soup sitted for national courts. It is a duty of every state to investigate. And I would say prosecute those responsible for international crimes so the icy can only intervene where when state is unable or unwilling adding to do so therefore the primary responsibility for trying perpetrators of the most serious crimes in the including those committed in the East lies within the Congolese authorities for the last ten years. We have seen progress in the capacity of the national judicial authorities in particular particular military justice to investigate and prosecute cases of grave human rights violations in particular cases that amount to crimes against humanity ace or war crimes so there has been important convictions both of senior military commanders and our group commander so I think the important talking now is to encourage the government and in particular the Minister of Justice to continue improving the system improving the capacities the resources so that requires to fight impunity effectively. So I I I will always also like to underline our commitment to continue providing providing technical assistant assistance and other kind of support Schori. Human Rights Awesome in prison conditions in. DRC They are deplorable ruble. Several deaths of prisoners have been recorded. What are your General Recommendations to Congolese authorities to improve these human rights sector? Well the first thing thing is really really concerned to hear about the conditions on prisons. The high number of faith linked to poor conditions. Poor Poor poor foot Lack of food security and of course Seven South Stander Health Care Sanitation Asian food that cycle and many many many prisoners in small prison. So I've been speaking with the government and with the Minister of Justice. Who's aware aware of this? And he's GonNa go visit different places to see the conditions and to see what can be done because you know of course. New prisons needs to be built. But but that's not something you can do from one to another so where we have been discussing is that they are going to go to the prices. And they're going to analyze the prisoners cases because because many of them are for a long time because the justice system have not been able to trial them yet. The other situation are people who the things they committed that they they did it. Maybe not that bad that they can to remain in jail that they could have sort of prevention provincial provincial and measures that can be home but respond to the police. I mean there are different ways of dealing this while A lot of other prisoners can be built so what we have been toiling then is that they have to see every case by case and see what the abilities are so but the important thing is that we have discuss this with the government. They are aware of this and they have told me that they are going to take additional measures to try to address the problem..
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"This is Connor Lennon from UN news. The United Nations has been involved in the divided island of Cyprus for more than half a century policing and monitoring buffer zone between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The mission is headed up by Elizabeth. Spare the special representative of the Secretary General for Cyprus and is the first to have an all women. Leadership team in charge of the mission military forces and the police component when misbehavior came in Trois Soi U. N. new studio shortly after briefing the Security Council on latest developments. I asked her to explain. Why the UN is still needed on the island? The United Nations peacekeeping keeping force in Cyprus known as emphasis has been in Cyprus for many years now we were set up in one thousand nine hundred sixty four basically to respond to a situation didn't of conflict between two communities on the island the Greek-cypriot community and the Turkish Cypriot community. We've been there now for a number of decades cades and since then there has also been the defacto division of the island and so since nineteen seventy four. We are contending attending actually with With the buffer zone that is separating the two parts of the island so the mandate is basically to basically maintain maintain Common stability on on the ground to prevent a recurrence of fighting to contribute to law and order and also to promote a return to normal conditions conditions and these are all situations which seemed to be from another era. Many people go to Cyprus on holiday Turkey and holiday the Cyprus why is this buffer zone. Still needed if the conflict has ended or is frozen. Well this is The point there is Thankfully no violent conflict in Cyprus due to the to the conflict the original conflict but it remains a divided island and the conflict has not been resolved so one can say that it remains generally peaceful but but there is not genuine peace in fact the capital city. Nicosia is the last divided capital in Europe. And why is it so intractable. Well I think One can look at the number of places around the world where issues tend not to be resolved. There are always many Different reasons but essentially in order to resolve the conflict we need to have an agreement among all the parties involved and that involves evolves negotiations to arrive at a solution where all are ready with political will and readiness to compromise. And we have tried many times A- As you end to support Such negotiation process unfortunately hit has not come to fruition yet himself met the leaders of the two communities in November of lost year. Has any progress happened. As a result of that meeting the Berlin meeting in the end of November last year was was quite important because it was the first time the two leaders on Cyprus had met with the secretary general since the last round of talks ended inconclusively in July of twenty seventeen nineteen in Switzerland and they were able very clearly to reconfirm the basis. Of what would be the solution based on what Security Purity Council resolutions of the UN outline and that is to have a federation that would be by communal and buys zonal with political equality for both communities They also reconfirmed that. They wanted to get a deal done within a foreseeable horizon and the reaffirm firm the key elements that they would need to get there so that was important there is a reform process on peacekeeping ongoing AP action of peacekeeping which has been one of the focuses of the secretary general. What impact has had on on you and your mission I think it's very important impact for our peacekeeping mission because all all of the peacekeeping missions have been asked to look at the set of commitments? That make up the action peacekeeping agenda to see which of them They feel are important to pursue in order to become better peacekeeping missions to become more effective more efficient and to better fulfill our mandate mandate so of the various points of the action for peacekeeping agenda our peacekeeping mission unfancied chose. Was the area of advancing helping to advance political solutions safety and security issues and performance improving in in in in all of those news for me one of the most important things about action for peacekeeping is the fact that these are shared commitment so in other words more than one hundred and fifty member states the UN secretary and the peacekeeping missions on the ground have all agreed that in order to make peacekeeping fit for purpose in the twenty first century and beyond. We all have to do our part. Your missions quite especially in that aspect and the fact that is the first mission only have a female representative initiative in yourself also women needing both the uniform components military and police does that Present specific opportunities within your mission. I think definitely the it's presented a lot of opportunities so as you mentioned We are the first peacekeeping mission that has had both and at simultaneously the the head of the mission and the Special Representative of the Secretary General being a female so myself along with the head of the military component. Also being a woman and the head of our police and it It's not often that you you see women heading the what we call the uniform components. This is something that happened in twenty nineteen then the Our head of police unfortunately had to move on but we will soon have another replacement for her. which would be who will be another female and what? I did find wind in time that the three of us work together is that in addition to I think doing very Very effective work on the ground. We were a good I think we had a good demonstration fact and it shows that women can take these leadership positions in rather non traditional roles rules that they can be respected by all and effective. And I think that for our our separate counterparts it's also important didn't for their own police services and military and so forth to see that. Yes this is actually becoming quite normal that women not only are part of of the uniformed services they can actually serve at the leadership level headquarters we often hear about the inspirations of the UN to involve women more in the peace process How is your mission facilitating Veterans Ambrus? Yeah well certainly As as the UN does as a whole we are very committed as missions on the ground. The peacekeeping mission and the good offices mission in Cyprus to the women peace and security agenda and that does not only mean how we operate as a mission having women in senior leadership positions and also making sure that we mainstream the the role and end women's concerns throughout our work. But we're also trying to make sure that women's voices are heard within the peace process so that separate women are meaningfully involved in in the process so there are two ways in which I think. That's very important. One is to have more women involved in the formal track one negotiation negotiation process. There have been women. Both Turkish Greek separate women involved in the negotiations in the past although not at the top leadership positions and secondly to have a civil society women civil society also more involved lending their voice making ensure not only that women are involved but that women's concerns and their needs in terms of the peace process and the outcome are Duly reflected how do you see the situation in was evolving. Well our hope very much is that all of the parties will be ready to go back to the negotiating table In the near future and certainly the UN is ready to play our part. We have actually two missions on the ground. And I'm involved with both one is the peacekeeping mission and the other is the good offices mission which supports the actual peace negotiations so we are very hopeful as you end that we will be able to again support the parties to start negotiating to conclude a successful settlement to the to the Cyprus issue. And when you and your team interact with with people on the ground with separates on both sides of the dividing Riding Lion. What did they think well you know? We've we've actually conducted some polling on a fairly regular basis in Cyprus and Recent polling has confirmed what we've been seeing for a number of years and that is that a majority of Cypriots both Turku present greek-cypriots very much wished to to see a solution and wish to see the island reunited but unfortunately With every passing year. We see that those who believe that it's still possible. A are fewer and fewer. So I think there there's a need also to for the leadership to reassure the population that the only that this is still possible and that they will redouble their efforts to To to get to a solution but also that it will be beneficial for all..
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"This is Matt well as UN us. A year has now passed since the government of Yemen and Hutu rebels met in Sweden for US sponsor talks aimed at ending a brutal conflict. That's generated the world's worst humanitarian crisis in an exclusive interview with you a news U N special envoy Martin Griffiths has been reflecting on achievement since the signing of the Stockholm agreement which included key elements such as the establishment of a demilitarized zone around the port city of who data Yemen's gateway for goodson aid as well as prisoner exchanges ranges. Mr Griffiths said the path to peace requires warring parties to abandon hopes for a military victory and instead pursue the huge victory that can be gained through negotiation and he told my Yakub that this shift is happening in Yemen. Although more could be done towards fully implementing the accord. We also believed coming out of Sweden that that the element of the stock agreement which covered data the port city up. On the Red Sea coast of Yemen the humanitarian entry point for the humanitarian program program Yemen was saved from dreadful battle. Now you rightly point out to the fact that many people I'm one of them But if we could have done much better job of implementing the Stockholm Agreement in this twelve bucks on his beaten for many of us particularly for the people in Yemen. For whom it's it's a primary issue Disappointment in many many ways yes set neither have been achievements. There was a prospect at that time of an attack. On the city. Imports of all data. A battle for those two vital hubs of humanitarian program it was avoided it still has been avoided. That has it's been a ceasefire more or less implemented in data people's lives have been saved. The monitoring program has been protected. I I think it also showed that the parties could actually agree on a different way out of a crisis. But it's true there are things which should have gotten much better We still have yet to see major redeployments to demilitarize the city of data. That hasn't happened. We're still negotiating it prisoner release. We've had grave disappointments takeover. This yeah true. Recently we saw hundred twenty eight hundred thirty prisoners released. That was a great step forward but it hasn't been enough so I think the Stockholm agreement. Yes it we came out with a great sense of hope Hope dashed in many ways. But also some considerable achievements we're not forget the humanitarian crisis. That Yemen is suffering from Yemen. Continues to be the worst. The worst humanitarian crisis in the world. This this value situation is contributing to skepticism in certain circles about the possibility of a political solution. How do you see the prospect of apiece in Yemen now compared to one year ago when the agreement was signed well for me? The situation doesn't give me skepticism about the prospects for peace. It does the opposite. And if there's any argument in favor of the need for speed towards a political solution to this war is those people people who daily suffer from the effects of conflict families whose children haven't been to school for five years families who had struggle legal to get food on the plates on a daily basis. That will tell us. We need a political solution. It shouldn't make us skeptical about it but any political solution anywhere in any conflict and I have had the awful privilege of a lifetime of being confronted by conflicts is immensely difficult difficult it requires political will although level which is so much more demanding than in any other to move from water piece peace requires those who lead in war to change the way they look at their constituencies to change the way they look at the potential to end the hopes for military victory and to begin actually reaching out to the enemies and to make them part of the future. It's a huge shift in any civil war. It's a massive shift. What I believe is happening now in Yemen is that at last in Yemen? We're beginning to see that. Shift take place. We're beginning to see in the hearts and minds of those who make decisions about who all the desire to make peace and the recognition Shen at a fundamental level that there is no prospect for military advantage that there is nothing to be won on the battlefield and that there is a huge Zhou victory of course to be made in the terrain negotiation. On what you said we have Riyadh agreement. We have been seen reports that the the implementation is not going as well as fortunately planned. Do you think this will affect your hope for the parties to start formal peace talks. I think it's really important. That agreements is in its basics at least implemented. I'd like you were worried as to whether it will win awards words but you know All agreements provide for very clear timelines for eight or Happel beat happen. We'll see type and in real life things. Don't go quite quite according to plan as you know so. I think it's early yet to say this agreement is is is not working but I was in touch as I was coming to New York With senior officials in the Saudi government about the prospects for implementing the at agreement of course they mediated it. They assure me that they're on it. More importantly I think We can see that. There is interest in both the governor Yemen. I'm the Southern Transitional Council and making it what perhaps not in all its aspects but in enough to allow us. Now you end process us to mediate an end to the overall comfort so that Riyadh agreement gives us time we hope but if it falls apart I think it would be a devastating overstating blow to Yemen in your latest Security Council briefing as in the previous briefings. You spoke about women's involvement and peacebuilding the efforts and initiatives. Could you tell us a bit more about the work. Your office doing to include women and other constituencies in the peace process in Yemen every conflict in the world. Frankly it's not even a conflict issue. It's a life issue inclusion of women of Youth of the marginalized excluded of those who don't have the right to make decisions about other people's lives all these people need not just to be consulted in some way or other. It's very difficult. Isn't it but need to have a sense that whatever has agreed for them on their behalf our agreements which actually reflect their interests. And if we do that these will not be sustainable agreements. There's so much evidence rather world of that so this this is not some kind of great Altruism this is self interest that agreements need to be based on proper inclusion women in Yemen and have a phenomenal record. The national dialogue in Yemen was driven in many respects by the participation of women. Thirty percent and Levels of representation of women in many of those four was achieved and we need we being the people of Yemen. An us to help them need to revisit that read to get back to that level of representation. It does a by office We have a women's advisory group which is part of the way in which we look at Susan which will come to all the talks when we get back to them but perhaps just as importantly perhaps more importantly than that what we need with the help and advice all women's this group of the women's movement is to try to make sure that in any peace agreement it provides for adequate and hopefully powerful women's women's and civil society roles in the transition that will then come the power of transition and the relevance of transition after civil war is that it allows those who have been marginalized by the war who are not part of those who make decisions about how to conduct a war. Women are obvious example to get back at that place in the center of public life so as much as anything else we need to be held to account the parties and need us as their mediator. The provision will be made in that agreement and my final question would be about you. You have an extensive experience in the field of mediation and conflict resolution in from different perspectives in your role in Yemen and generally. Are you still learning things. I hope to God I have nothing things because that would be dead if I it wasn't Every conflict is the same in civil wars in every conflict is different. If you go to in my experience you go to to a place where the civil war I once went to a country and I said you know these are very familiar issues that you're facing and I think it was the deputy prime minister in that country was saying to me. You're completely wrong. Houses unique old conflicts are unique just as we all are unique obviously but they also share a lot of issues sues. What is so fascinating about Yemen? Is the character of its people because you see in the character of its people a desire to to be able to talk to each other to baby to open up to each other that sort of thing. which if we see if we see this shift this pivot that towards a political solution? I am sure that the current social media commentary which is so polarized and so critical of the other we'll shift rather quickly in Yemen to one which embraces the other. So yes. I'm running the second thing I might say is this. I think for the United Nations official official privileged to do something like this. We always need to combine the impact of values which include inclusion which include universal rights. So forth added the relevance of regional diplomacy diplomatic opportunity not interests and requirements from member states and balancing those two in effect balancing. Diplomacy with mediation is is for United Nations official. I think a special opportunity and God knows if you can't learn from that then you call them for many..
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"I'm Deanne pen with UN news. UN agencies are assisting authorities in Samoa as they battle a measles outbreak which has killed more than sixty people abo- mainly babies the World Health Organization. Who has flown in emergency medical teams from across the globe who are working alongside local colleagues in a mass inoculation campaign using vaccines supplied by the UN Children's fund UNICEF the UN also supporting a national awareness campaign aimed that were building trust following the deaths last year of two babies during routine vaccinations. Simona Marinescu the UN Resident Coordinator in Samoa Discusses Discusses these developments and plans for long term recovery with Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Canberra. As you're not only are student. A state of emergency the source declared on fifteen November where the mass vaccination campaign that started on the twentieth of November and was a two day shutdown to ensure that all people who are still not vaccinated gets demonization from dedicated medical teams. We have four one thousand two hundred seventeen. Measles cases recorded today and sixty two deaths unfortunately and in in their vast majority Babies and other nineteen babies are fighting for their lives. Seen the ICU. So the situation remains critical and medical teams. Sir Are Mindful of the importance of rapid vaccination across the country. What is the UN been doing in the field trump the very beginning the united Nike nations through UNICEF supplies of vaccines across the country. We have been supplying today to over two hundred hundred thousand vaccines to ensure that these mass vaccination can take place W. H. O. Abroad in-country emergency medical because teams from all over the world and have been assisting nurses and medical personnel more. Broadly in all of eighty facilities where people get vaccinated and today where in the field was the one hundred twenty eight. Medical teams deployed assisting them to run. The vaccination would all support a needed on top of that the entire U. N. team provided funding the systems for national awareness campaign with teams organized with the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development the Ministry of Health the Minister of Education to knock on the doors of people everywhere in the community to make them aware of the importance of vaccination as you may in always having country anti vaccination groups. We had A horrible story last year when two babies where codes during the routine vaccination so to rebuild confidence reveal trust we had to run Campaign and also the United Nations applied for the the Central Emergency Response Fund for the two point seven mediating tall tall some on the Pacific to be made available for the response. The last piece of Super Suppo- argues putting together the appear. I also want to mention that with our support We have organized an online of real time monitoring monitoring of vaccination system with an application that was developed by local technology companies that it allowed individuals in each of the medical teams to record alive in real time. People who get their vaccines per her age group or geographic location for Sex data credentials. That would allow us to have a management system in place for vaccination in the future richer appeal. What defense be useful. First of all The Central Emergency Response Fund already allocated one point and five million for the emergency response in some more and one point two million for the Pacific we do have an increasing number of cases in Tonga and end in Fiji as well and we are mindful of the fact that the epidemic can spread very quickly throughout the region but this is just a response bonds to the current reality as all individuals get vaccinated. UN's hopefully Everybody who is still fighting gotta got a measles We'll be back home. We need to face the vulnerabilities that this country has was the scene of very weak. house he stemming place no management See stemmed up to allow us to know was actually vaccinated by name and agents accent Geographic Africa location as well as Mobilization of community so that as we move forward we could first of all Support Communists Communist have been affected but we also beyond the culture of immunization and a culture of respect for collective health across the country. The government of some are launching with the support of the United Nations and national response and Recovery Appeal to again address the Shortage in resources. That we have to still deal with the epidemic while also getting ready for recovery so we are supposed to Use some of those resources to ensure we build an immunization Sean Management System in this country that have digital records of people who get vaccinations that we are able to bring back the babies without route. One shot to be receiving the second shot at the right time. And that's again we manage the even is scheduled for the a baby's of this country in se stomach Way In addition to the to the appeal is also meant to provide maternal attornal services for women who are pregnant and to got measles or who are at risk to deliver babies with measles and we will also see the appeal of funds going to a psycho social services for those who lost their babies their family members and also in stating a network of services across the country that do not opt exists right now services that would look into prevention again Making sure that families Follow the schedule of humanization but also all services that will support in case other people get affected. What will final thoughts be your call to action? I think we have all learned Painful lesson here. Speak about the nation that literally had no vaccination for a certain number of months that happened on the ground of the very sad story that happened last year with the two babies skilled during a routine vaccination. The crisis revealed a horrible lavar abilities on gaps in in capacity. So we can't continue like that so we are going to prioritize moving forward the reform of the house a system and reviving the senior society organizations to help us saw literally leave no one behind when it comes to access to healthcare..
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"This is Matt Wells at US news with molly facing what one UN rights experts called Dia Political Economic and social upheaval. The UN led humanitarian efforts in in the country of vitally important too much of the population and Beranger. Gaza Rabbe is the UN Deputy Special Representative in Mali where she oversees the work of twenty-one UN humanitarian unitarian agencies during a visit to U N headquarters in November Mugabe who has more than twenty years of experience with the United Nations in development and humanitarian assistance. Distance spoke to Connor Lennon. An explained that the current situation in Mali is very different and more difficult than it was when she first started working there the two thousand ninety was to be the coordinator and president of the United Nations ruined program in Mali. I was assist for the or the UN United Nations agencies. Acuna safe for her three Co you know the Burrito in sentence on so those agencies were working there where the the country was peaceful. There was no yeah used to have some programming in north because it's a huge country. One point three million square kilometres. It's a huge population. Nineteen million but then you hit body part of his not appropriate. What's new and it's it's it's a kind of cross the Sahara Oughta Hand Part Two thousand twelve. It changed scopes changed ecosystem. Changing we ever now peace and security to addressing development and humanitarian crises. Two thousand twelve. Could it tell military coup and then election two thousand thirteen eighteen now the new president who said over there but of course many things collapse you know look up at the economy look at the military system swept to that something. That's why two thousand ten or so was also the alive of this cord the group which invited the mighty so that way the French uh army has And then after it was peacekeeping so that's how the whole mission was set to help the concert get united because autosource also saying we're going to be separated from the country. So that's how molly was to sit up United County but to systematize the country and the setup for this institution which was completed down. And what was it like for the UN in Mali. At that time it must have been very frustrating to see a lot of the progress that you've made Mhm Go backwards. Yes Two thousand eleven actually to nine to the neighbor knows there and into even I was called here to be the assistance for departments departments and security. So somehow it was following. What's going on in mighty but of course for me? Even though there was nothing was perfect but it was not as such which today and then when I went back in fact that was asked scheduled for can allow me to go back to see really. What's happened molly? So two thousand fifteen hours for supporting it to be the the deputy special representative Over there and they didn't give this issue told you development humanitarian reading and so on and that's how I look at on and has all my goodness. Many things changed because the hip to build the army have hor protection security the whole zone over there and not in Sim time negotiating. Peace to make sure that the or the petition. The North South are united. In that together they built the country and the other complication. I presume is the fact that these issues in terms of peace and security don't just affect molly it's the whole Sahel region today. You stayed alive today. Yes some people will do is say that maybe the collapse of Libya is also brought a lot of arms and the trafficking in the horse. It's a huge huge huge place in that race. So you cannot maybe the Horse Protection of the territory and therefore the horror part if you look at decided. Maybe maybe people don't know but they can look at the map. Mattie is is not the best seven countries so those countries surrounding Mali. If if money's not fixed belies it it can affect the region and now we see cannot fussell NESIB are different. Defict it and if for you the borders the borders are not protected. So people can comment on ten saucer of traffic. And you know and You've had to improve your coordination with colleagues in those countries burkino-fasso affinity is into an fact. Matta fact we today. We're just attending the grobler. Could Nigga meeting here in New York and we'll talk Okara about the cross border issues. We have initiated with my two colleague initiative can I I saw a program where how to set up a pro going to cross-border dimension in most of countries in Africa can just cross the border you can go with these greener pasture the other side in the comeback so so this is a how population leave so with this or the trouble I think has been challenged for the population. Did across the Rhine. And then having the you know disco the group attacking them and those of course appropriation have been a deary. We have a lot of internal depress people. We have to feed them. We have to do everything for for them because they've lifted prices now the challenge humanitarian coordinator. How do we work with you and agencies with humanitarian to make sure that people are fed fed the Keita can school can do it? If and when you ask the question to discern these press people would they didn't dream is to go back to prices but this president who would they have to go back to the security if everything over there so we're facing kind of humanitarian program first because of insecurity an impact is huge. So we have to fix that. They'll have to make sure that the working hard if you don't do then can affect other regions the other countries his indigent. And can you see a way forward can you. Can you foresee a situation where this region can become stabilized new. So how how do you think that will have. I don't think that you win can do alone I think the UN is supporting. The Nation's is a lot of talk among a member state those countries are so. Don't forget the independent sovereign there they. There're civilian it. I think that's discussion being done in Africa neon in Agent Commission for the West Africa recorded recorded caused is economic commission for Africa with Africa. Those discussions going on among the Minister of Defense Minister of security. But of course the county can come together and say oh. My goodness decision is becoming really critical. acute how do we go together this to you head about initiative G. Five Suheil. When when he hit the child will confess Nazir Mali and Mauritania but now is also being looked at in a broadway or the West Africa? Because when you see if you don't fix the pro- resemble appropriate in this book and I saw and initiated muddy you are fixed so so the countries that are affected so this has to be recalculated video and a lot of initiative going being done now discussion on how to improve the security in the region. Of course we've supporter opinion or for the Mumba State Canada. US under orders. And you have rock today with your bucks in Mali or more circa thirty four troop-contributing countries in this country's or someone to help me to see see also the same partners so walking conversa- working initiated. There's a lot of initiative going on. I think maybe one day we quantitive. I hope that the climate of course has been important to you in development work in this call with droughts another former extreme weather affect people but now it seems that just move much more into the peace and security field. It's being seen as a threat. MULTIPLIER CSPAN EXP a bit about how the issue of climate change has impacted your work. I think if you look at this here legion. is his bill the low to initiative on on the system. How you fixed it the environment? Because it's very dry is very provided video zillion from account Competition Africa when everything's green in the decision. You just find almost everything's Detroit right especially north and it's been already even before it even a crisis before this challenge. It has been hard. But the decision was really zillion to establish stomach was system to protect the environment but today is being challenged by not only for Sahara. Desert is regaining down down in down in the SIM time. This conflict inflict doesn't help because of a petition are being displaced. When you there is no way to fix the environment you live in and protect the environment endure liver so this is eggs are being what we call? The climate change did is affecting that region so in one sense we have the conflict you know. And then there's some time so the climate change salvage you have some of the Place used to work around in the drive around. You have even assemble Divo- which had almost a dry so this is the issue. Did you have to address not only conflict but also the climate change can be harsh people and you're seeing. The conflict in certain is being caused or exacerbated climate change is accelerating absolute three three and is also another thing. We have to address that we're talking about is when we talk about the number one number two is such a thing zero zero hunger and food insecurity if you are displaced. You don't have time to do the agriculture to fix your budget than you ever came. It changes US exhibit. So we re EXP you know. Somehow we are worried about the next year or next in the next years will be very very us. We may visited a crisis will for food insecurity and how to feed people because if there is insecurity it is no way to do the culture the culture and there's no way to occupy the space and they do a lot of taking care of the environment of the planet and you can't trust environment as you said but can you. Can you plan for that kind of situation. Can you help the population to adapt better. Be More resilient. Wherever we con- we do we'll wh- do even there? Is this insecurity. Maybe one point I even we have insecurity. We did even on the ground because of course we have this biscuit. Musician is helping my for example. I'm Marie sitting down with the civilian and military Thaddeus to hit a dialogue to look at how can secure some of the zone white disagree Is offered by the forces then we can go and deliver lever. That's the press with maybe no having the police close to us and during the patrol we can continue to deliver but innocent time. Humanitarian have been a very very you know so amazingly different one the ground by having to call the acceptance policy they can leave everywhere they can just go in remote areas to civil life so in that sense we can say that not not everywhere is rock like that we can. We can deliver not pro. Britney Wrong Grahn. We can adjust if you think about stability but sustainability is is going to win every piece Lee peace and stability we can hope to have a long term stability better is now ten scored. We are trying to see what we can survive report or for some of the basic services..
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"This is connor linen from UN news the growth of anti-semitism worldwide is a sign that other forms of hatred and xenophobia are becoming more destructive and widespread the UN special reporter on freedom of religion or belief Akhmed Shaheed warned on Friday when I spoke to Mr Shaheed elections to the Human Rights Council Mr Shaheed began by confirming that the global rise in antisemitic violence is significant and worrying if you look at the data published we see global level of thirty eight percent from last year from the current here. That's the mega statistics of course this is misleading because not much has collected but there is evidence from different context that in each context there is a rise in antisemitism both objective incident and the subject of fear that many communities feel around allowed reasons well you know antisemitism long known as Canary in the coal mine of go ahead of of hatred and things start to go wrong you know the first time to get authentic vintage Semitism so we're seeing global search global snobby affairs stop that end to Simpson is is we have the online dimension which is feeding globe the surge of hatred again antisemitism is part of that Aziz said that indicates that hates Jimmy is becoming more of a problem absolutely I I think we're seeing around the world from poems of hatred rising and was I do find in my work. That antisemitic incidents tend to become more violent than puddle the other forms of hatred as again a reason why I did focus on this subject report this time and Cubans finding solutions to this we have we changed the situation well I look at for human rights to interest in this issue I advocate for any immediate practical tips including steps based on the questions like enforcing laws have in laws in place enforce in those the same time education is a key factor and ensuring that we address current issues and also prevent future occurrence of antisemitic hatred? Now you've been interested in the area of human rights for a very long time even early in your career in the Maltese you folks on human rights you created the Maldives national human commission what was the interest in this topic in particular well I have always been quite offended by by hatred I've always been by how widespread antisemitism is in my own country where they have never been a Jewish presence but it's all white spend every place you go and like I said I am very concerned my mandat about rising global intolerance and I think that business todd off is the oldest hatred because if e learning how toxic and Iran and you face a lot of criticism from the Iranian authorities. When you're in that role why do you think that is I think every times women's picks up for human rights somebody who will not be happy with that I think Iran's case to have a long history of not really object and human rights you will recall the the former supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini had called human rights Zionist conspiracy Because of course the Mumbo Jumbo Satan's decide bruce Pondimin right violations so it goes the core of their being to challenge on human rights not deal with that criticism but if you are speaking up for the government of Iran they are public response would be denial and of course some hatred I suppose but then I do find almost every instance take a step back so there is the his If you like some impact of the work we do and that keep us going I think important to highlight that I am not the UN That I am infant expert acting or forms of intolerance discussion based on our belief so my job is to see how states I implementing this or not doing that and of ideas and how that may go forward I am one of fifty one or more experts will come from what academia sometimes NGO sector to advise member states on issues we think is important for them to look into what as you mentioned you're independent voice you can say what Nyc have your thoughts about the countries that are elected to the council yesterday yes it's distressing.
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"This is Dan Penn with UN news although United Nations peacekeeping operations are over in Haiti the Caribbean country will not be alone as a new Asian themselves to find the way to overcome the problems and the dialogue is key in that regard that the Haitian people should favour and support a peaceful dialogue to overcome the current political situation and system Haiti will need the support of Other partners bilateral partners and other organizations and entities that can contribute to that the Haitian authorities to build up the National Police Force strengthened the judicial system and improved protection of Human Rights Pass Calcium Asmatullah above the the the same commitment to eighty and I think regarding the the achievement of peacekeeping on the one hand it is are important but they don't require a type of UN support such as peacekeeping the required different kinds of support today's the Haitian National Police which is today functioning police even though it still needs some additional support making progresses as well in the areas of protecting you UN and the capacity building in some key areas there's one example which has to do with pretrial detention which is a major problem Haiti and for effort and we'll be message to the Asian people into Asian political actors or certainly the first message would be it is for the leaving Haiti but the UN is not living Haiti and there will be a continuation of UN support to that country in different ways and different modality what the UN is aiming to do with the new integrated office of the United Nations which started its operation today and working accomplishments and why the situation now requires a different approach from the international community while I think it's important to highlight before everything that U N peacekeeping Sir Problem in Haiti are political but they also have to do with development and humanitarian situation that country and this is exactly different ways from from us and from the rest of the international community the current political situation in Haiti global concerned many people wonder if it's the right time very closely with the continuous work of humanitarian and and developing agencies but I have to say that it is important to highlight that in addition to the and rights and also strengthening the judicial system with a number of laws that were adopted with the support of of the the second message is that Haiti will not be alone it will continue to be supported not only by the UN office we've been able to support the reduction of a proportion of people detain without trial this still a long way to go in generally a bad situation from the point of view of violence from the point of view of these organizations of hey the building up some key state capacities such as started work today but also continued to be supported by the whole UN system and that just that there are many challenges problem that remain on the other hand what was achieved with peacekeeping was starting from a very who has been reflecting on achievements during that fifteen year period two successive UN peacekeeping operations known by the French acronyms Minister Admin juiced helps it was the right time for us to leave. What do you have to say well? I have to say again that the UN is leaving eighty that today's challenges is important for the whole of the international community all partners to that country to continue and even strengthen their support to Haiti both in the
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"Yeah but let's lead the picture a little bit so we have this huge space base. It's four stories on all these levels are at the very bottom are are where the countries are going to set the delegates from those countries and and as the floors go up all of the support you know all of their staff are going to be sitting in all of these other organizations that are invited have placed at different points in the room and interpreters and there's a ton of people are going to this exactly. I estimated very large catering bill if you were if you were catering very the general assembly and I think what's really special or when we were there. Can we saw empty but in a few weeks it's going to be a full house because the General Assembly kicks off so third Tuesday in September. There's a Tuesday in September and so this year it's September seventeenth if I remember correctly and because the G. A. is not just a place. It's an event right. It takes place every year from September to December is what's called his main part and it's the general debate and what kind of the bulk of what the six committees that make up the General Assembly actually do it's amazing because these six committees basically discuss everything a wanted to cover that what they discussed in the Nabet question all right. I might have an answer so six committees discuss everything from disarmament and international security economic economic and financial matters social humanitarian and cultural issues. There's a special political committee that deals with issues like decolonization and then finally you have two committees that deal deal with the administrative and budget side and then the legal side for these international treaties that do come out of the General Assembly and when you think about how special it is that at this is every single country one hundred ninety three of them that are part of the United Nations get to each have an equal say in the matters that are discussed on the floor so the simplest form the statement that our tour guide made one country one vote exactly right so I view this as a giant family kitchen table breath sort of like. We're going to hash things out talk about it. Discuss it right so my question is who sits where how do they decide like okay. This is your location occasion because that's tough enough at my family true right. Who's going to sit at the head. WHO's got the first seat right in the first row. I think it's really sweet. I think it just shows again. How how how much of an effort the United Nations makes to to have this equality amongst countries in this very public stage in arena and so what they actually do is draw a lottery and so they just kind of pull a country out of a hat you know and this is how I'm imagining it and and they read out the country and who whatever country that is that country gets to sit in the first seat of the first row and then after that they go alphabetically in English so oh right so for example if they picked. I don't know Oh so last year last year. The first country was molly okay and then after that it would be whoever comes after Molly Alphabet Alphabetical. 'em Away and all the way back all that is really cool. I feel like they should to have that on television sort of like the NFL yeah that'd be the only sports reference that I can make. That's okay well. That's really cool. I think got a very diplomatic way to make that very fair. So one of the reasons like you said that we had to be so quiet. in the General Assembly was because we kind of took a tour we didn't actually we kind of joined a tour yeah we do we tagged along with a group of kids who learned one specific item that has been decided at the gym in the General Assembly and they were captivated. I mean all of these kids. Were sitting there and not a single. One of them was looking on their phone. They were just really completely absorbed in the story that the yeah the tour guide was saying which was a little bit about what you're talking about the anti-landmine yeah right yeah and it was essentially there were if you go back about twenty five years ago there was an estimated twenty six thousand deaths per year by landmines which is a staggering number and over eighty percent of those deaths or write about eighty percent of them were civilians and a large number were women and children now. which is I mean it's crushing because these are people people who obviously had nothing to do with those land mines being in the ground and they're the ones who are the most effected by their presence and maybe you can speak to sort of like the steps of the process but I thought it was very telling that you have to start somewhere and take step one and this sort of gained momentum throughout the years yeah anti-landmine and mine treaty right exactly and like you said in order to get to a point where we have a treaty somebody has to say let's talk about this issue in the General Assembly and so they started talking talking about it in one thousand nine hundred three and it was the seventy ninth resolution of that year which basically said okay we're going to start to convene and and this is officially putting this issue on the table for us as a general assembly as a world as a set of United Nations to discuss step step one yeah and then the next year which was the seventy fifth resolution of that General Assembly they said okay? Let's commit to stop exporting these landmines and so this is kind of the beginning of the process to killing the market right because if you stop your supply then hopefully you'll you'll affect your demand end up to and then in the next couple of years what you have was a international ban and then eventually you have of this anti-landmine convention that was passed in one thousand nine hundred seven which eventually became a full international law in those steps three and four and I should say like we understand things has happened in between here right of course but it all starts with inside the General Assembly people talking about in agreeing on something the other part I liked about the tour that I learned. It doesn't mean that it is one hundred ninety three countries two zero right to get something done. Even in this instance there were one hundred twenty two countries who signed signed on initially exactly not everybody was onboard but more can come on so for example. Currently there's one hundred sixty four countries now who have ratified exactly well. What was the outcome. Let's talk about the outcome a little bit. It's pretty amazing so you know over the years of this discussion. They came up with the law. They have very specific outcomes which were agreeing to stop sales agreed to stop production so they've kind of killed the market and then the final commitment listed the removal of landmines that were already in the ground. If I remember correctly actually they destroyed over forty eight million landmines mazing. I mean all of these countries got together and all of a sudden you went from having twenty six thousand deaths a year in the mid nineties to forty million mines no longer in the ground. I think you could easily say that they have saved saved over a quarter of a million live. I know in the last twenty I mean. How cool is that done? Countries get together lives are saved if think big take the first step up and just keep going keep going right yeah and I think for me what the UN is all about is taking these small steps to achieve something great in the and and coming up. I mean right now. A perfect example of that is like we're saying the J. IS GONNA kick off in a couple of weeks and that first part of the General Assembly is what's called the general debate and the major distinction that I didn't know yeah of course it's well why would you you know you're you're actually work at the right yeah yeah so the major item on this agenda is the sustainable development agenda which was passed in two thousand fifteen just a few years ago and again and this is member state driven. I'm so what that meant was. These are seventeen themes seventeen visions seventeen goals which are the sustainable development winkles Hashtag global goals there you go and Hashtag U. N. G. A. N. G. A. Here we go yes so the SDG's they come come up everywhere and always when you're in and right now in studio there in the studio there is a poster up seventeen sustainable development goals when I came to the UN today I went into wash my hands and I went to drive them. In here is sustainable development goal twelve responsible consumption and production in reference to paper towels versus hand-driers and the result is one third as much carbon being emitted eliminates paper waste and reduces water consumption. You you find these things all the time and I don't WanNa get too far ahead but there is a natural alignment between the sustainable development goals and individuals behavior sometimes sometimes they don't have to be thinking about goals to be working towards them and I think that really speaks to how the goals came into effect because again this was members say driven but not just that there was member state driven in the General Assembly but rather that each of these countries went back to their own countries and said and asked what what should we do. What should we place emphasis on and the next year at the General Assembly. They came back and said okay. This is what we concentrate on and I remember I joined the UN actually the year that the sustainable development agenda was passed and I remember that year long discussion that we'd had I was working in Chile at the time and what was important to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. What did they want to concentrate concentrate on. What were the targets that they wanted to focus on and what did they then wanted to show progress towards because really these seventeen goals are for the people and for the planet Lina in order to achieve peace and prosper and it's important to note there that this comes what you're saying is from the bottom of it comes from the people of the country speaking to their delegates delegates it gets getting together at the General Assembly during the general debate and coming up with this now reviewing this year for the first time all seventeen of them will be reviewed which just pretty exciting and like you said they're not abstract. They're not this nebulous sort of policy policies you know you you see people living them every day you when you have discussions at the UN when you talk to visitors for example you you hear people talking about them even if they're not referencing the the goals directly ethically yeah yeah and I think one of the best examples that we heard were when we entered actually the UN right. We heard this choir the beautiful children's choir a choir called one voice which they're kind of famous. They're really famous. I didn't yeah and just wonderful kids and even equally wonderful parents who were so so kind to take some time and talk to us and they were yeah they were singing in the lobby.
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"News goals are to inform engage and inspire. We're going to do all that right here from UN headquarters in New York City. Have you ever wondered what the United Nations does and how does it if so then this podcast is for you. Please make sure you subscribe tune in again here all these great stories that we have to tell about the work that the UN does and and all the impact that it has. We don't think there's a better way to start off to kick off with the World Cup of diplomacy the general assembly who wins everybody Ads Right Sindhu Joie. We are going to be your all excess. Vip Pass and take you inside the building. Give you a full on tour and talk to some visitors. We've met along the way about that Sindhu. I think that sounds great. Let's get to it. I think that deal you should tell us about your first time to the UN right. What did you think it was awesome. I you were giving me a tour and then we snuck onto an additional tour which was a double tour. It was great. I think I think that for me. Every time I come to work every day I look at the Secretariat building and it's thirty eight floors high and I really consider it this beacon along the East River Yeah. It's it's well. It's it's beautiful in scale in person it is more impressive all of the the entire building and footprints to me. It's even in larger than you think that's true and I think it's to be precise. It's one hundred and fifty five meters high nice. I love it. You had that stat in your pocket. You I can tell are non metric audience five hundred ten feet there you go. Did I ever tell you the story of why the UN is actually in midtown East in New York no no because the rockefellers crazy right so after you know after the World War ended and we knew were the global stage knew that they were GONNA set up the United Nations. They decided maybe you know since Europe definitely had to reconstruct after a war that maybe we wouldn't actually have the headquarters there's in Europe but we would have them in in the United States and quite a few cities kind of put their bid in San Francisco initial meeting eating yeah well that's where the charter was signed and then even philly wanted to get involved but then Nelson Rockefeller I think it was in nineteen forty four had gone to this Inter Governmental Conference but for American States can Mexico and came back and was like cooperative governance. Britain is my jam impair. I might be fair praising you know that and he basically then convinced his dad to buy these eighteen acres along the East East River which at that time went for a mere eight point five million so the whole footprint was donated and so his Dad Rockefeller John John Rockefeller donated the land to the United Nations and that's why we're here that's awesome so when we walked in and we saw all of these families like partaking this is because of a family decision son convinced his data to just make this exactly exactly that is very cool like speaking of family stuff like felt very family oriented to me. We did come on a Saturday. That's true right so so yeah. There were more more families than Maybe typical probably probably during the weekday yeah but it was great and I think like we were kind of saying. Is that what I what I loved that these world curious children were super excited to to be at the United Nations. This was something that not just their parents were taking them to but they actively wanted to come to as part of their New York tour yeah and I hope this is you leading s up towards the Family Thompson from Denmark our favorite family from Denmark. Perhaps because they're the only family we know from true spire to no more that's true and they were they were delightful. and we ask the parents why it was so important for them to bring their family to the United Nations and then we also asked the kids like what's your favorite sink in here and we have the clip right. Let's let's hear it. Let's play it. Why did you bring a few and what did you want them to see. If it's in the world which thrives to the vote with seems to be in conflict in many places yeah any any any highlights. What was your favorite thing? It's okay if there was like ice-cream or something and that was to see the pictures of the kids from other countries and their hopes dreams for the future those were interesting. I like all the gifts first of all. There is ice cream. If you want it true there's all kinds of food down in the cafeteria Tairea but but that was great right like you get to see the parental side of we want to make sure that our children are involved as global citizens from from the children's side you get like real responses the very interested in people's hopes and dreams and then another kid is like I like gifts because we're on vacation exactly and that's the best part of any vacation I take by myself. A president in dis- is going to be our first apology on the podcast but I have to apologize to the Family Thomson confessional time it is as we promised them t shirts and you didn't deliver. I lost their information but I'm sure they're listening to the podcast right now. So if you're out there family Thomson make make sure that you e mail us give you our email at the bottom of the episodes and please write to please do because we want to make sure that you get your t shirts. We'll send them express yeah. It was great and it's actually kind of a nice little way to segue into the first part of the tour that I took that's true because the artwork that the Family Thompson girl the daughter was talking about was this one day I will exhibit that that we saw that's both on the outside and then as you go into the lobby she continues and it was kind of magical wasn't it. I would argue that it just grabbed us and pulled us. That's very true we both just started walking that way and there was a specific image image that that captivated us both yeah and it was this girl. Kalija and she has this blackboard. This kind of sleet rate is holding in her hand and it's pretty nondescript unless until you look at the fact that on the back of it she's drawn in in this beautiful white chalk very very finely done that iconex global apple logo so now she's transformed formed her own blackboard into what looks like an ipad correct. The photo is just aspiration. Yeah it it shows this is a child with some big hopes in big James Right right should we should I read the quote yeah for sure okay again. This is Codija h fifteen who's a Nigerian refugee in Chad and she says I want to work in. It to learn and share knowledge. I was born in a remote village in northeastern Nigeria with no school and no clean drinking water what I have learned learned. Is that with the Internet. Even if you don't know something somebody in the world has what you need it is the best way to share knowledge and by the way just to give credit that photo was taken by one vincent true that's correct and it was part of an exhibit that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs had put together and I just I'm still blown away deal right like it's just image after image of these girls talking about how they're going to grow up and be amazing human beings empowered powered and just be active citizens of this world yeah and so this is right up top. We've already met the Family Thomson from Denmark. We see this beautiful art exhibit and we should note that there's are everywhere everywhere yeah wonderful exhibits from all throughout the globe opened the doors and you walk into the physical space right we walk up we take the red elevators to the third floor and then we had to go so into the show and we had to be quiet because we snuck into a tour of Kansas. That's true we totally piggyback on. Their Fun Times. It was great. It was amazing. I don't know what did you think when you walked in the space. It's very large. It felt like if you go to a sporting event really early and you walk into you like the Madison Square Garden but no one's I mean it is the World Cup is that's correct but it just it was it's very large. It's a four storey very atrium. Yeah and it's you realize like there's so many huge global decisions being made in this room.
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"This is Conan Lennon from UN news an innovative new initiative to track terrorists as they attempt to travel has been launched at U N headquarters. The United Nations countering terrorist travel program provides countries with the technology to improve surveillance whilst protecting personal data and human rights. I asked yellow post Mer chief of the countering terrorist and aviation security section in the UN office of counter-terrorism why the UN has decided to launch the program the UN stands ready to help countries implement, this obligation. It is a heavy load. It is quite complex for a country to implement this costly as well. Because the technology you need is is quite expensive. And of course, you need well equipped professionals with a high sense of knowledge and expertise to work with the detection, capacity. See you built what you're going to need is to build what some call a passenger information unit or some call it targeting center. It is in his unit that receives travel information and compares it with database of people. We know both threat terrorists or serious and organized crime. And compare it to risk indicators as we call it to identify new networks that were previously unknown, but might pose a threat. So all these together needs to be built and for for doing this you need legislation. You must make sure that proper safeguards for data protection. And of course in full respect for human rights. This is that is this is a it is a complex instrument. That's also very powerful instrument to detect terrorists. So we must over this. But at the same time, we must fully insured. That's everything is done with high regard for data protection. And of course, other human rights, give me examples some of the ways that the UN can help national governments. This is a quite a new way for the UN to work. It is it is done with all relevant bodies. Of the UN combining their knowledge and expertise and also mandates from both the Security Council, and the general simply to in a very innovative and practical way, deliver both legislation operational capacity and Indians technology, which is state of the art and never been done by by the UN this in this way. And it really will help them to learn how to work with the the the power of the technology and make sure that they indeed also cooperate on the international platform. We will help them to engage with the neighbors to improve the information exchanges in country terrorism is always very big challenge. The information exchange getting the right information at the right desk at the right time. And this is. The second big part of this program will also make sure that they connect to each other and exchange information on terrorists. One of the big concerns. The US has raised recently has been the return of the very many, former so-called Islamic state fighters returning to their countries of origin of will this kind of initiative help to prevent these kind of people from falling through the cracks and returning undetected. Because many of them are deemed to still be a danger to those national governments. Yes, absolutely. We will help countries detect their own nationals on return, but also others in transits to other areas of the world because not of them go not all of them. Go home, some will engage. Elsewhere in new fights moved to new conflict zones or get improvement on the training or preparing to plots and plots for new attacks. So indeed, all these cases you will. See this new methodology? This new capability will help them identify these people on the move absolutely together. Maybe even with people, you didn't know before maybe, you know, about one terrorists their identities, but maybe this person with traveling group with other formerly unknown people in this way, you can create a network analysis so to speak and identify new threats. You mentioned earlier that financing that funding is an important part of this for countries that have less money. What can the UN do to ensure that they are able to better trick people? So this is exactly the purpose of this program. These district -nology is also for sale, you can call any software company and get a similar system, you will pay millions and millions and millions of dollars for that. The UN donates this system for free. No cost involved. We will help them get up and running and indeed with the technology for free. We will help them in deeds implements the obligations on the twenty three ninety six at a very low cost rate. So imagine if we could help one hundred sixty countries and imagine a system like this cost between ten and fifty million dollars. If you multiply that you see the enormous effect and efficiency this program has these kinds of surveillance methods must be
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"This is Colin Linden from UN news, joy, some Sunia acting executive director of you and environments or unit has expressed her sorrow at the death of UN staff, traveling to the US environment assembly on if yo- paean airlines flight eighty three o two which crush on Sunday killing everyone on board. In a statement released on Monday, Muslim Suez said that the environmental community is in mourning. And that those who died included UN staff youth delegates scientists and academe IX, she joined UN secretary General Antonio Gutierrez in sending the heartfelt condolences of the agency to the families and loved ones of everyone who lost their lives the tragedy. Patrick Newman from U N news spoke to Missouri and asked her how the atmosphere at the assembly has been affected act is quite combine shot quite reflective in many ways. But it's also been a moment. Where the community is a whole community that works on environment has come together because of the tragedy so this morning, for example. We had a moment of silence not just for United Nations stuff, but also delegates and other participants who were victims in the crash were coming for this meeting. So summarise the mood here is quite somber fad and reflective has this particular event affected. You personally is the anybody close to you that you know, that has been impacted or lost their lives, and you can imagine not just me. But the entire team behind me. We're working very hard preparing for the United Nations environmental assembly, which just started today. And you personally, the only staff of you an Environment Program that was a victim a Chinese national by the name of Victor Chang. It's really been. Devastating thinking about his family, and he was young up and coming decent human being in a fully professional to think about the loss, especially for his family sake and young very young family. I think the second is not just a United Nations staff, but also they were delegate and other participants who are coming to this meeting who were also victims very sad to know that the guests that we were preparing to welcome. Some of them did not make it. And I think lastly is all of these colleagues and delegates who were victims they pretty much died while they were working where they were coming to this important to global meeting on environment. So it's been a very sad and somber moment and reminded that life is too short. And lastly going forward with this event. How has it impacted the entire preparation that you guys been going? Through regarding the event itself. Very clear that we are honoring the victims in almost every meeting that I have been to today before the meeting started business that is in moments of violence in honor of the victims the community has really come together. United Nations stuff, but also Member States civil society media for you, get this sense of unity around environment. But also around the loss, which has brought all of us together. We're trying to do all we can to support their affected families linked to the victims. So we've also been dispatching teams to go to households and other places to confer their affected under the members and friends.
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"This is Conan Lennon from UN news. The two main reasons for a significant drop in food production in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK our climate change at international sanctions taipan Mishra UN resident coordinator in DPRK told. You n news on Thursday. Mr. Mishra was at you in headquarters in New York to meet with representatives of donor and potential donor countries to appeal for an increase in funding for food aid and health assistance when the resident coordinator spoke to me, he explained that. Although the country has needed aid for many years, it looks as though 2019 is sent to be a tough year for many North Koreans deeper Korea has been a protracted an chronic case a for humanitarian attrition over the years. This year the food security station is one of the most dangerous because the foot production in twenty eighteen has been one of the lowest than Todd ticket. That are almost. A ten percent reduction from last year, the overall food need is much beyond six million and production is less than four point nine million. And therefore we have a shot at about one point four million metric tons that's been a real challenge. We also have chronic malnutrition with children and pregnant lactating mothers and other vulnerable like elderly and people with disabilities. Need our support to provide Newton nutrition support finally also in health and.
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"Liska Fiji. Welcome to the Liz on out podcast series here at UN news been working for about two years. Trying to figure out a story to tell about the UN a fictional dramatization. That finally came to fruition. Mr. Mana says in the process of creating a new TV series based on the UN's work with particular focus on women's issues. He and syringes swan of marbles in Uman's a television series about genetically altered race struggling to protect themselves from outside influences. Stop by the studio to show how their projects are working to push forward, the seventeen sustainable development goals right now called United. But it's. Yeah. You and then smaller? The show is about people Facific -ly division of women who are mainly involved in gender equality and gender issues for women, and it's really at the end of the day. Again. It's it's kind of taking a human look what these women at the UN go through what they suffer. What they sacrifice for the greater good. And they will sacrifice a lot of things in their own personal lives to make sure the people they don't even know have a better life, which is really kind of interesting. It's based on that almost Tom Moody saying it's actually the same thing in Koran where it's like you kill one person you kill everybody. You save one. You save everybody. And that's really what it's about how they managed to set aside their own personal difficulties to continue doing the right thing. Because most everybody that I've met here is extraordinarily disciplined and really determined to make a better life for billions of people around the world. So would you say that your participation in world TV day had something to do with this new series Vida's everything to do with? It. Yeah. You intend to consult with real UN staff. Not only that I intend to hire. Some real UN staffers to be some of the writers on the writing team because it is a complicated institution. And even though we're dramatizing it fictionalised does a lot of things that I'm going to have to have vetted. So it's going to be a little bit of a tricky thing to write on a regular basis. But that's why I want to hire tickly women to be on the writing staff to help me kind of navigate what the story lines could be what they campy. I've already had one storyline rejected for the pilot. So have to fix that the certain sensitivity that I'm aware of do you intend to travel to different locations right now the way it's structured in my head. I would say seventy percent takes place here in New York and thirty percent takes place in conflict states, all over Africa and anywhere else. That would be great for the local economies. There are some that are much more easy to work in than others. Will you be hiring local people? I don't know the answer to that. What topics? Do you intend to cover? Well, I think all certainly all this sustainable development goals. I mean, all of those issues from the hygiene, gender equality economic quality all those seventeen goals that are all incredibly worthy. Those certainly would be the bedrock. I guess the majority of the stories began the stories of more focused about the women who are actually trying to change those problems. Do you expect each episode to touch on a different topic? Yes, I think there are certain storylines that will a syringe can tell you as well because she's heavily involved in series world that usually you'll have one storyline will be resolved in one episode, but you'll have overarching storylines involving perhaps an issue that our lead character can't or is being sported chew fix. But there's a lot of support in Hollywood for this show. People wanna see this made. Yeah. And I think I think it has to do a lot with me too movement as well. This really is about the empowerment of women. It's good timing for that. And how. Do you hope the TV series will actually create change first of all it will educate? The American public is to what the UN really does. And really kind of expose. The fact that these are hard working people with religion McColl's because there's a lot of misconceptions about the UN across the country. This is really worthy institution. And I think it's also going to bring to the attention that the way we live here in the United States is infinitely different than the way everybody else in the rest of the world lives..
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"The message that came out today is that if we carry on as usual, it isn't going to happen. In fact, there's a strong likelihood will overshoot two degrees. Patera Tana's circuitry general of the world Mitchell logical organization shared his concern about the consequences, particularly for the regions on the frontline of climate change this extreme urgency. And so far the progress hasn't been good enough that we would move towards one point. Five or two degrees targets. There's there's a need for Matz, higher ambition level rates even to decrease targets one of the major issues that they will be four hundred twenty million people less suffering because of climate sense if he would be able to limit the warming, the one point five degree level, and we have shared areas in the world with extremely sensitive. It's the small island states Mediterranean rates and also sub Saharan Africa. It's already suffering and will suffer the most in the future. But despite these stock warnings the teen was at pains to lay out a roadmap for voiding runaway warming, not just for governments. But for all of us his climate scientists and co chair of the report, Deborah Roberts. Transitions at the world needs to go through to of energy land citizen industry. That's a really empower Mesa means each one of us is individuals. Make choices about the energy use move through lines about Daichi choices that impact on Lange's tells us that can change the way we interact with the world cities through the transport. We choose to go to work and to pay talks to us that we have power as consumers in terms of way industry in the kind of goods benefactors overall real cool to action the nervous over to the countries to digest the contents of the reports and consider their responses. The report will be presented to governments at the upcoming UN climate change conference, which takes place in Poland this December that was UN News's Conor Lennon giving us the rundown on the effects of climate change by science experts and report authors, and well, we cannot forget the memory of renown figure Kofi non who. Served as the UN secretary general for ten years and left a legacy with his passing in August. The UN's top official in Geneva and a friend of nearly forty years. Michael Muller explained, the former secretary general's passing has deprived us of one of the world's last big moral voices here. Mr. Muller describes how the former secretary general's humanity infused everything that he did every concern that he had an every decision that he took Michael Muller. There a longtime friend to former U N chief and renowned figure Kofi Annan and the top u n official in Geneva speaking with michaela's kale of UN, news extraordinary human being absolutely amazing balance..
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"Is that pope's August their accent emissions that they did that may have concert some of the by the sticking place, and we feel that day months on supe- should've used so more with authority to try and prevent at least condemn this going. So how you going to prevent this happening again many recommendations you talk to new name the commander in chief. It's been suggested that he might step down immediately wise accountability. So important in this case when I think accountability needs to things it means Justice for the people who were affected, and Secondly, it means that it'll deter we hope future trusses that people know that the national community will call them accountable. They play by the rules of war when they go to war. And I think that's one of the clear messages of accountability we want because that Dow and other parts of men mar as well as in kind do not follow the rules of war. And last question to you in terms of accountability. One of the ways that it might help to improve transparency and accountability is indeed social media. You've noted the rise of hate speech, particularly in this exodus, and in terms of the vitriol towards the Ranga minority in me on mall. So you noted social media platforms. How have you interacted with them? What are they told you how the helping from moat less hate speech on the web? I think what we're finding is that social media has become a platform played speeches. Well, I think it is taken them by surprise and taking everybody by surprise. And this is not only in Myanmar. It's also in my country on guy it's been the same in Germany as the New York Times article today's ago pointed out, so I think the world has to look and reexamined independently as well find out what we can do in deal with this issue of hate speech through social media. We have value freedom of speech, but may must be a way in which we. To deal with sate speaking that was our own Daniel Johnson over in Geneva, speaking with human rights investigator Rediker Kumara Swamy, next, we'll go to the UN's huge project launched this year to make sustainable development, a reality deputy secretary general Amina Muhammad told us in may that reform of the way the UN goes about development will allow the world body to transform a cacophony into a symphony. Matt wells spoke to miss Muhammed ahead of the adoption of the formal reform package. Ambi Gan by asking her why the development system needed reform in the first place while it needs it because this amazing new framework that we all agreed in twenty fifteen the twenty thirty agenda. That's the seventeen goals up. It includes the climate agenda. So a huge lift, and what you need the UN system is a better response that is ramped up beyond the MDG's MDG's had a Sutton response. What we need for the, geez. Is so much bigger. And for that. UN needs to reposition itself needs to get better skill sets. We need to make sure people at the country level are able to help countries and people achieve those aspirated that we have in the framework. This reforms to make to the Kotei of people's lives around the world and the effectiveness of the UN delivering effectiveness of the UN's going to be amazing because what we will have is much more independent and impartial leader in all multilateral system at the country level being able to pull a team together. What I would say is that in previous times, we've sort of had a conductor that through no fault of their own is conducting a cacophony left hand. Does not know what the right hand is doing. And today we have an opportunity to make a symphony for the cheese. That's really the difference on the ground. And I think that that for us means that we will deliver more effectively scale whole program. So we won't just be talking about vaccinations for for children, but will talking about a health system that will continuously provide the whole set of United nation that you need the doctors, and the nurses and really sustainability in it not just a program, but b. The on the program. What happens is able the UN UN to make better different guarantees about. How it can support countries and everybody else who's working in the whole sustainable development field..