IMF evaluates Japan's economic future in wake of tsunami

Japan's earthquake and tsunami

While focusing on the humanitarian recovery, the International Monetary Fund is also concerned about the economic impact the earthquake and tsunami disaster has had on Japan. Hyun-Sung Khang of the IMF spoke to Kenneth Kang, a member of the IMF's Japan Country Team, who says while Japan is recovering faster than expected, it still has slid into a recession.

Afghan Ambassador nostalgic about an Afghanistan that used to be "full of hope"

Zahir Tanin

Although Afghanistan has suffered through years of war, the Afghan people prove that the spirit of Afghanistan is still very much alive. This is the message the Afghanistan Ambassador to the United Nations Mr. Zahir Tanin walked away with after attending an opening reception for a new photography exhibition at the United Nations entitled, "Afghanistan: Everyday in the midst of conflict." Radmilla Suleymanova reports.

Vulnerable left behind in efforts to reach poverty targets

Millennium Development Goals

Significant strides have been made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs, an internationally agreed on set of targets aimed at reducing poverty worldwide. But the most vulnerable are still being left behind. Those are the conclusions of the Millennium Development Report 2011, an annual report on progress being made toward the eight MDGs. I asked Francesca Perucci of the UN Statistics Division about the report in general and about poverty reduction in Asia.

Presenter: Gerry Adams

Production Assistant : Sandra Guy

Editor: Daniel Dickinson

Duration: 10'00"

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