Asia's economy has a very strong rebound

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

Rob Vos

Rob Vos

Asian economies are leading the recovery from the global economic slowdown but weaker global growth is still expected over the next couple of years. According to the “World Economic Situation and Prospects” report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs or UN DESA, Asia will grow by up to 6 per cent up to the end of 2012, while developed world economies will expand by just 2 per cent. Rob Vos is one of the authors of the report.

Bangladesh: Fishermen cope with rough seas

Bangladeshi fishermen

Bangladeshi fishermen

The livelihood of fishermen has become increasingly dangerous. Stronger storms and more frequent tropical cyclones along the coastlines of Bangladesh are said to be the result of climate change. Now, a new project is helping vulnerable communities adapt and prepare for climate impacts. This report is by UN in Action.

From barefoot to the Oscars red carpet?

A Barefoot Dream

A Barefoot Dream

Timor-Leste is holding its breath until 25th January, the day the nominees for the Oscars will be announced in Hollywood. With the help of the United Nations, Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century in 2002 after years of conflict with nearby Indonesia. The new nation is the setting for “A Barefoot Dream”, a “feel-good” movie made by Korean director Kim Tae-kyun in 2008. The film captures the hearts of many with its “family” oriented recipe, featuring poverty and hopelessness at the beginning and glory and cheering at the end. UN Radio’s Joyce De Pina reports from Timor-Leste.

Producer:  Jocelyne Sambira
Duration: 10’00″

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