South Sudan joins United Nations family

A wide view of the historic Independence Ceremony of the Republic of South Sudan.

• South Sudan is this week becoming the 193rd member of the Untied Nations. This follows a Security Council recommendation that the General Assembly admit the newest nation as a member of the United Nations family.The Vice President of South Sudan says his country will be a responsible member of the international community.

West Africa still unstable even after ending regional conflicts

Said Djinnit

• The situation in West Africa is vulnerable to instability, according to Said Djinnit, the head of the United Nations Office for West Africa. Mr. Djinnit says that despite successes in resolving crises and conflicts, the region is fragile. He points out that his office is doing its best to restore stability in the region.

Manufacturing and agriculture critical for Africa's development

Shelling coffee

•  African countries need to develop their manufacturing sectors in order to create jobs and wealth and combat poverty, according to a new UN report. It says that Africa is losing ground in labour-intensive manufacturing which is considered the entry-level step in industrial development. The continent risks upheavals unless it provides jobs for its young people.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha

Editor:Daniel Dickinson

Production Assistant:Sandra Guy

Studio Engineer:Zach Prewit

Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN and Africa.
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