Timor-Leste elections: A repeat of violence or a peaceful process

Finn Reske-Nielsen

Timor-Leste saw a great deal of violence during the political crisis in 2006, but this year the United Nations Development Programme is looking forward to a largely peaceful electoral process. Finn Reske-Nielsen, Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General says UNDP has been helping the country gear up for March's presidential election, as well as June's parliamentary polls. He also says that the departure of the UN peacekeeping mission to Timor-Leste does present a challenge, but one that can be overcome.

Japan helps South Sudan build roads and bridges

Japanese engineering peacekeepers arriving in Juba, South Sudan, on 20 February 2012.

One hundred and twenty Japanese engineers have arrived in South Sudan to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission there in helping the young country build roads and bridges. Infrastructural development is a top priority for South Sudan, which gained its independence from Sudan in July. Years of civil war left the country with few paved roads or bridges. The Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force of engineers is the ninth team from the country to participate in UN peacekeeping operations.

Searching for safe arsenic free water in Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Traces of Poison in Water

Enormous progress has been made in Bangladesh where poisonous arsenic was found in well water across the country, but more still needs to be done to help the people there. Both the United Nations and the World Bank have been providing assistance to programmes that identify clean safe water sources. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has even been using nuclear techniques to identify arsenic in the water, so villagers will know which wells are safe and which are not.

Presenter: Julie Walker
Duration: 10'00"

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