Timor-Leste election an exercise in democracy

Polling staff prepare electoral materials before sunrise on Election Day, in Dili, Timor-Leste

On March 17, the citizens of Timor-Leste took to the polls to vote for a new president. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Timorese people for showing their commitment to democracy and peace by participating in the elections. Among those casting ballots were inmates at the small prison at Gleno, roughly 50 miles from the capital, Dili. Dianne Penn reports.

Water's role in food security focus of World Water Day 2012

Water pours into a rice field in Sapa, Viet Nam

If the world is to produce enough food to feed its seven billion (and counting) citizens, then better water management in agriculture is in order. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the sector accounts for 70% of all water use. Water is needed for everything from growing crops to raising livestock, which eventually become the food that ends up on our tables. Or, as FAO warns in its message for World Water Day (observed 22 March): "The world is thirsty because we are hungry." Beng Poblete-Enriquez has the story.

Secretary-General details challenges and opportunities of peacekeeping to Indonesia

Secretary-General visits clinic in Malaysia

This week, the UN Secretary-General began a visit to four countries in Asia, including his home country, South Korea. At a training centre for peacekeepers in Indonesia, Mr. Ban gave a lecture on the challenges and opportunities the country and region face when it comes to peacekeeping. Indonesia has participated in UN peacekeeping since 1956, when its troops were deployed to the Middle East.   Dianne Penn has more.

Presenters: Dianne Penn & Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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