UN launches $142 million appeal as Afghanistan drought worsens

A Jalalabad woman receiving food voucher

If the fighting and insecurity isn't enough, Afghanistan is now facing a severe drought that has affected almost half the country. The World Food Programme today is warning that people are left with less than two months of food.  In order to help an estimated 3 million people in 14 provinces, the United Nations has launched an appeal for 142 million dollars. WFP's Emilia Casella explains how the Agency is responding to the crisis. 

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Central Asia Republics work together on dam safety issues

When a Soviet-era dam in Kazakhstan burst and killed 45 people last year, for once lessons were learnt. The Central Asian Republic and its neighbors, with the UN's assistance, began to cooperate on dam safety issues. Claire Doole reports.

Youth lend their voices to the General Assembly

General Assembly hall

They might not be heads of states or governments, but the 25 youth delegates who are in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly say they can still affect change. The delegates, most of whom are in there early 20s, are here on behalf of their governments to participate in various meetings to discuss the issues concerning their generation. Meet Benson Saulo, a 23-year-old delegate from Melbourne, Australia. At 18, he began working for a bank…and this year he travelled 38,000 kilometres around his country to find out what the youth have on their minds. Aditya Mehta spoke to him about his experience at the United Nations.

Duration: 10’00″

Presenter: Aditya Mehta

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