People look to UN to address climate change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (third from left) walks through Tarawa, the main atoll in Kiribati.

People around the world and especially in Asia, have high expectations that the United Nations can help to tackle global problems including climate change. That's what United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said as he started his second five-year term this month. He said that during his first term in office, he visited a number of regions and countries, including in Asia and Pacific where small island states are concerned about the impact of climate change. Rising sea levels caused by global warming are threatening to wipe some of these island states from the map. Darrin Farrant asked the Secretary-General what could be done for people living in areas threatened by climate change.

Japan: Booming flower industry

Blue gentians

In many parts of the world, flower growers struggle to make a living, but in Japan the industry is well literally blooming. One farmer's collective in northern Japan has discovered new and creative ways to prosper and their ingenuity is fast becoming a model for growers worldwide. Pat Duffy reports.

China reports bird flu death

Keiji Fukuda,

China has reported that a man has died after contracting bird flu also known as the H5N1 virus. The Chinese Ministry of Health told the World Health Organization (WHO) that a 39 year-old male from Guangdong Province developed symptoms on 21 December. WHO says the death brings the number of people killed by bird flu to 27 in China. The death comes at a time when WHO is becoming increasingly concerned that new research could undermine a preparedness framework, called PIP that was agreed by the international community in 2011. Alpha Diallo has been speaking to Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General. He started by asking him about the danger posed by the virus.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN Calling Asia.
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