Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini campaigns for refugees

Khaled Hosseini (right) tours a UNHCR shelter project

There are more than 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world according to the UN's refugee agency and Afghans make up the largest group of those refugees 2.7 million. On 20 June World Refugee Day was observed and a new campaign was launched to bring attention to the issue. UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini, who is also the author of "The Kite Runner",  is taking part in that campaign which highlights the plight of refugees and lets people know how they can help.

Viet Nam reclaims forest land with help from FAO 

Workers planting saplings

The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says more nations around the world are realizing the positive contribution that the forestry industry can make to the development of a green economy. In Viet Nam, the loss of forested areas has been reversed and the country is now increasing forest area by about one percent every year. FAO is supporting these efforts through several projects aimed at promoting sustainable forest livelihoods.

Bhutan PM promotes link between happiness and sustainability at Rio +20  

Jigmi Thinley

At the UN's Rio+20 conference in Brazil, heads of state got to share their views on a sustainable future for the planet. Bhutan's Prime Minister Jigme Thinley says his message is simple: be happy. Instead of Gross National Product, Bhutan measures its developmental success by Gross National Happiness. He says Bhutan's people are among the happiest in the world, and that achieving sustainability is not just about having the money to implement development programmes. 

Presenter: Julie Walker
Assistant Producer: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″


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