"Significant progress" in Afghanistan toward self-reliance, says head of UN peacekeeping

Security Council Chamber

At a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan in June, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous noted that 2011 marked the fifth consecutive year of rising civilian casualties in the country. The UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council that "significant progress" has been made over the past months on Afghanistan's path toward self-reliance but that more needed to be done to prevent civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict.

Children still at increased risk in northwest Pakistan

Displaced children in Pakistan

Since the beginning of the year, more than 240,000 people – over half of them children – have been registered as displaced from Khyber Agency, in volatile north-west Pakistan. Children in particular are at an increased risk for psychological distress, disrupted educations, disease and malnutrition.

Public Service Day celebrated with oboist Wang Liang

Wang Liang

The value and virtue of public service are honoured each year by the United Nations when it celebrates UN Public Service Day. The commemorative day, which occurs on June 23, recognizes that democracy and good governance cannot take place without competent civil service workers. This year, a concert honouring the day was held on June 25th, with the participation of, among others, classical musician Wang Liang. Mr. Wang is the principle oboist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and has a long list of honours. UN Radio's Fan Xiao caught up with the young musician, who talked about the relationship between music and peace.

Presenter: Gerry Adams
Production Assistants: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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