Myanmar activists calling for a UN inquiry into crimes

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On November 7, Myanmar will hold its first multi-party elections in twenty years. The UN Chief has urged its leaders to hold transparent and inclusive elections, as well as release all political prisoners. Meanwhile, Myanmar activists are in New York calling for a UN inquiry to look into alleged human rights crimes. Monks, lawyers and women activists from Myanmar took the stand to expose the crimes and violations that are taking place on the eve of a democratic transition.

Climate meeting in China seeks common ground.

Climate change

A final round of United Nation’s-backed climate talks in China ended this week. Delegates meeting in Tianjin negotiated a text that, it’s hoped will lead to a global agreement on climate change at a summit in Mexico in November. The head of the UN climate change secretariat, Christiana Figueres called on governments to accelerate their search for common ground to achieve strong action on climate change.

Sri Lanka uses nature to clean toxic chemicals.

nature cleans toxic chemicals

In Sri Lanka, chemicals are contaminating ground water and threatening people’s health. One researcher is using nature to clean up a man-made problem. This report was prepared by United Nations Television.

Producer: Jocelyne Sambira.

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy.

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