Security situation still volatile in Afghanistan

Ján Kubiš

The peace process in Afghanistan has to be promoted and led by the Afghan authorities, according to the new UN envoy to the country. Ján Kubiš recently arrived in the Afghan capital and has been given the task of helping the country make the transition to a peaceful democratic nation. As Charles Appel reports, security has been a major issue in Afghanistan, with recent incidents including suicide attacks on shrines and other public places.

Asian countries in $35 million humanitarian funding boost

Mother and child in Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Four Asian countries will receive $35 million from a UN emergency fund which supports underfunded or forgotten humanitarian crises. UN agencies working in Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippines and North Korea are being allocated funds to deal with ongoing humanitarian crises. They are among 13 countries who will share $104 million from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Daniel Dickinson asked Steve O'Malley, the CERF chief, which countries will benefit most.

UNDP's "Energy Plus" approach brings power and progress to rural areas

Energy is central to sustainable development

It's 2012 and still roughly 800 million people in Asia and the Pacific lack access to electricity. Meanwhile, two billion people in the region still use wood, charcoal or other traditional fuels for heating and cooking. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) says there's a clear link between poor access to modern energy sources and poverty. Dianne Penn spoke to Martin Krause who heads UNDP's Environment, Climate & Energy team, which is based in Bangkok, to find out why they want this picture to change.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Duration: 10'00"

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