UNICEF says humanitarian disasters are more complex than ever

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

Hilde Johnson

This year, in its annual Humanitarian Action Report, UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, examines the most severe crises in 28 countries. UN Radio’s Patrick Maigua spoke to UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Hilde Johnson, and asked her first about the most affected countries in Asia.

Climate change is making the Pacific island nation of Kiribati disappear

shrinking small island

shrinking small island

Kiribati, a Pacific island nation located halfway between Hawaii and Australia, is facing a dire dilemma. Scientists predict that within 30 to 50 years, the small island developing nation will have disappeared, covered by rising seas, yet another victim of climate change. IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, has the story.

Pacific Island nations gather to discuss sustainable development

Noeleen Heyzer (seated centre)

Top officials from 14 small island developing States in the Pacific met recently to discuss the unique development challenges they face. ESCAP, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, was one of the Pacific High Level Dialogue’s sponsors. UN Radio’s Donn Bobb caught up with the head of ESCAP, Noeleen Heyzer, who told him progress has been uneven in achieving the millennium development goals, a set of internationally-agreed goals that promise the world’s poor a better future.

Producer:Gerry Adams.

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