Secretary-General makes momentous trip to Myanmar

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets Aung San Suu Kyi

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrapped up a momentous trip to Myanmar earlier this week, where he met with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time and became the first foreigner to address the Union Assembly, Myanmar’s joint houses of parliament. He also launched the UN Global Compact’s Myanmar network which he described as a milestone for the country. Mr. Ban is asking for international sanctions to be lifted and aid to flow to Myanmar. At the same time he is pushing the country to embrace democracy.

Fewer Afghan refugees willing to return home

Afghan refugees

The UN Refugee Agency is urging the international community to back a new strategy aimed at improving conditions for Afghan refugees who want to return home. UNHCR says a lack of economic opportunities has many staying away. Last year about 70,000 Afghans opted to go back to their country, which is less than a third of the number of returnees in 2008. The plan also makes provisions for Afghan refugees staying in neighbouring countries. UNHCR held a conference in Geneva this week to discuss the issue and back the strategy.

Music has no barriers, it brings people together: Lang Lang

Lang Lang

Chinese pianist Lang Lang says in music there are no barriers, instead it brings people together. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was just one of several musicians to take part in the first annual International Jazz Day concert at the United Nations on 30 April. The Day seeks to spotlight the historic influence the jazz music genre has had in connecting people. Lang Lang performed Leonard Berstein's "Tonight from "West Side Story" with Herbie Hancock.

Presenter: Julie Walker
Duration: 10'00"

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