Asia-Pacific urged to protect environment as it pursues economic growth

Fishermen catch fishes in the flood water. Narsingdi, Bangladesh.

Asia-Pacific cannot afford to "grow first and clean up later," according to a new report from the UN Development Programme.

UNDP says as the region prospers economically, it should also take steps to protect the environment and create jobs for the poor in its manufacturing, farming and energy generation activities.

Anuradha Rajivan headed the team responsible for the report 'One Planet to Share.' She said as Asia-Pacific comprises more than half the total global population and one-third of the Earth's landmass, the region's actions will impact the entire world.

Representatives from Asia-Pacific participate in UN indigenous forum

Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Some 2,000 indigenous people from around the world are in New York for the annual meeting of the UN permanent forum on indigenous issues which opened this week.

The main theme this year looks at the impact of past conquests during the age of discovery when European countries "discovered" or annexed indigenous territories in what was then known as The New World.

UN Humanitarian Affairs calls for continued support to Afghanistan

Valerie Amos interacting with children in Afghanistan

UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Valerie Amos this week completed her first visit to Afghanistan.

Ms. Amos has called on donor states to continue supporting the country as it enters a period of transition. The UN this year has allocated US$ 37 million to Afghanistan.

Abdullah Alikhil at the UN mission in Afghanistan spoke with Ms. Amos at the start of her mission.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Assistant Producer: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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