Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Ban urges Koreans to do more for the world

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

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A revised appeal for Myanmar asking donors for over $480 million dollars has been launched by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes. Known as the "Cyclone Nargis Response Plan," the appeal covers over 100 projects submitted by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. John Holmes, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, says in recent years, we've been reminded of the destructive power of nature starting with the south Asian tsunami of 2004:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Seoul on Thursday on his first official visit to his country since taking office 18 months ago. He called on the Koreans to contribute more to the world. UN Radio's Hak-Fan Lau travelled with Mr. Ban from Beijing to Seoul, and his report started from the moment Mr. Ban landed on home soil:

They've come from a life of having to manually clean human waste from open-air toilets to being honoured with a song written about their struggles. They were resigned to suffer unspeakable indignities as low-caste untouchables but recently, they shared the catwalk with some of the world's most beautiful models at a United Nations ceremony honouring their achievements. They are a group of former scavengers, low-caste Indian women who, until four years ago, were destined to follow their ancestors in the mind-numbing practice of disposing of human excreta. But Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak had an idea:

Producer: Gerry Adams

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