Iraqi government needs to do more to protect its civilians

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Iraq is being urged to take stronger action when it comes to protecting civilians from violence. Ivan Šimonović, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights says 4,000 people are still dying each year in the country as it struggles to rebuild.  It's been eight years since a coalition of countries invaded Iraq and toppled its former leader, Saddam Hussein.

Food price surge to affect Asia

Winnowing rice in Tajikistan in Central Asia

World food prices are likely to remain high for the rest of the year and into 2012 according to a biannual report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Last year, food prices shot up because of bad weather due to climate change causing poor yields. The current problem is a result of the low yield with less food filtering onto the market.

Nepalese youth and migrant workers key drivers of AIDS epidemic

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The infection rate for AIDS in Nepal is relatively low – it's estimated to be less than one percent of the adult population.  However, the most-at-risk populations are female sex workers, injecting drug users, migrants and men who have sex with men.  Gaj Gurung is with the National Federation of Women Living with AIDS, the only national organization of its kind working for women and children. 

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant : Sandra Guy

Editor: Daniel Dickinson                              

Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN Calling Asia.
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