Heartbreak and hope five years after deadly Indian Ocean tsunami

Children playing in Sri Lanka

Saturday, December 26, 2009, marks five years since the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami. The entire UN system and countless NGOs and other global partners joined together to respond to the disaster which killed more than 200,000 people. As Sri Lanka and Indonesia were among the hardest hit countries, we look at some of the progress made there since the tragedy, through stories adapted from our colleagues at UN Television.

Marty Natalegawa

 Indonesia is “not unhappy” with Copenhagen climate conference outcome

Days after the Copenhagen climate change conference ended, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister has weighed in with his thoughts on the global summit. Marty Natalegawa, formerly the country’s ambassador to the UN, observes that Copenhagen was a “particularly difficult” conference, something which Indonesia had anticipated. But he says his country is “not unhappy” with the conference outcome.

Health Officer Reviews Medical File of Patient in Afghanistan

 WHO and partners work to provide Afghans with basic health care

Afghanistan has made strides in repairing its health infrastructure which was completely destroyed following years of war. Since 2001, NGOs and UN agencies like the World Health Organization have been working with the authorities to build up primary health care services. But despite these steps, WHO representative in Afghanistan Peter Graaff says there really is no reason to cheer just yet.

Producer: DiannePenn                                                                                                                       Production Assistants: Charles Appel, Sandra Guy
Duration: 14’00″

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