The UN Secretary-General and The World Bank President appeal to donor countries for some 755 million dollars to address the current global emergency food crisis.

As the global food crisis continues to concern the United Nations, its agencies and programmes that deal with food security and the World Bank, the World Food Programme has called for some $755 million dollars to meet emergency needs.

Approximately 475 million dollars has been pledged but as the World Bank President Robert Zoellick noted this week "pledges won't feed hungry mouths." Both the Bank's President and UN Secretary-General Bank Ki Moon have called for donors to act now to honour their pledges and support WFP's call to urgently and fully fund the emergency requirement of $755 million.

UN Radio's Donn Bobb gets a first hand look at how food prices are affecting people on the ground in Ghana.

The UN Head has promised that the UN system will cooperate together in response this crisis developing emergency safety nets and social protection for the most vulnerable. But as the World Bank President noted this week, once the emergency needs are addressed the crisis will still not be over especially as staples such as rice and corn are predicted to remain high. The international community he says must commit to working together so this year's crisis does not become a "generation's fact of life." The poor and hungry, says World Bank President Robert Zoellick, cannot afford to wait. A fact that our reporter Donn Bobb saw firsthand on a recent Saturday afternoon while in Ghana covering the UN Conference on Trade and Development.

Timor-Leste rebels accused of attempting to assassinate the President of the country peacefully surrender.

The leader of a group of Timorese rebels accused of trying to assassinate President Jose Ramos-Horta in February has surrendered to authorities. Sophie Boudre, our Dili correspondent, sent us details of the surrender which was announced by the country's Deputy Prime Minister. Diane Penn of UN Radio picks up the story.

And a look at the trade situation in Asia through the eyes of the Ambassador of Singapore to the UN against the backdrop of the recently concluded meeting of the UN Trade and Development Agency [UNCTAD] in Ghana.

Singapore is one of the economically successful countries of Asia and among the new countries in the region who are part of a unique trend in globalization which sees developing countries of the south beginning to emerge competitively on the world market. The Ambassador of Singapore to the United Nations Tan York Chor attended the recent meeting in Ghana of the UN Trade and Development organization [UNCTAD]. He spoke with UN Radio's Maoqi Li about what is being termed "the second generation of globalization" and how he sees it benefiting the countries of Asia.

Producer: Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte

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