Children in Afghanistan need to be protected from the conflict

The UN special envoy on Children and Armed Conflict has returned from Afghanistan, where she urged the government and the international forces to take measures to better protect children. Radhika Coomaraswamy says the protection of civilians in Afghanistan is a matter of great concern, especially the killing and maiming of children.

Women in politics not advancing fast enough

more men than women in politics

more men than women in politics

The World Map of Women in Politics 2010 launched this week by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the United Nations shows that women make up 18.8 percent of politicians worldwide. Pia Cayetano, President of the IPU Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians, and Senator from the Philippines, told UN Radio’s Beng Poblete-Enriquez that this percentage is not enough.

North Korea’s health system gets a boost

North Korean boys eat lunch at a government-run orphanage in Sariwon city, North Hwanghae province. WFPHealth outcomes for patients in North Korea have dramatically improved as a result of a training programme funded by South Korea and administered by the World Health Organization. Deaths during surgery have been reduced by almost 3-quarters, and post-surgery deaths have fallen by half under the programme, which has provided training to 6,000 North Korean doctors, as well as nurses. The programme has also contributed to improving relations between the two ideologically opposed countries.

Producer: Bissera Kostova
Production assistant and contributor: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 14’00″

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