UN responds to crisis in Kyrgyzstan

The UN Secretary-General has been appealing for dialogue and calm to avoid further bloodshed in Kyrgyzstan, where street clashes between police and demonstrators have killed more than 60 people. Ban Ki-moon is also sending a special envoy to the country. Kyrgyzstan is one of the five nations comprising Central Asia, a region which the Secretary-General has just visited for the first time since taking office in 2007.


living healthy

living healthy

World Health Day 2010: Focus on Urbanization

April 7 is the annual celebration of World Health Day. This year, the theme concerns urbanization and health. Today, more than half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities, a number that is set to rise over the next decades. Peter Graaff, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Afghanistan, says urbanization offers tremendous opportunities for development since large cities provide most of the non-agricultural wage earning jobs and educational opportunities. However, he points out that the lack of adequate urban planning is a root cause of health challenges and poor quality of life.

World Bank studies how to move people out of poverty after conflict

men working

men working

The post-conflict period can be a catalyst to lift people from poverty. That’s what researchers from the World Bank found in studies conducted in seven countries including the Philippines, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Deepa Narayan, director of the World Bank’s Moving Out of Poverty Project says the first step in getting people out of poverty-and for peace to take hold-is establishing a safe environment: “As they told us in Sri Lanka… war is like a sleeping lion that can wake up at anytime.”

Producer: Dianne Penn
Duration: 14’00″

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