Children without a state – a global human rights challenge

 

stateless children

stateless children

Thirty-six percent of all births in the world are not registered, leaving more than 48 million children under the age of five with no legal identity and no formal claim on any state.  That's the claim in a new book, Children without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge.  Editor and co-author Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, focused on two Asian countries in her interview with Gerry Adams. She says this human rights problem can no longer be overlooked.

bridging the digital divide

bridging the digital divide

Bridging the digital divide in remote rural areas

 Access to mobile phones and the internet has mushroomed across Asia in the past ten years, with 250 million people in the world's poorest countries now using cellphones.   But in developing countries, owning a cell phone is often a necessity – a fact recognised at the UN this week, as part of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.  Sanjay Acharya from the International Telecommunications Union or ITU, spoke to Jocelyne Sambira and explained why communication technologies are just as important to poor nations as distributing food.

Buddhist monks at the UN

Buddhist monks at the UN

Buddhism celebrates 2,600 years of worship at the United Nations

This week in towns and cities around the world, millions of Buddhists have been celebrating the annual festival of Vesak – or 'Buddha's birthday'.  At the United Nations headquarters in New York, hundreds of Buddhist monks congregated, to commemorate the two thousand and six hundredth anniversary of Buddhism. Julia Paul went along to some of the events organised for the celebrations.

Producer:  Julia Paul
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