Secretary-General highlights 'Education First' during visit to Timor-Leste

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Ban Ki-moon visits primary school in Dili

Education is at the heart of development, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who this week concluded a two-day mission to Timor-Leste.  Mr. Ban unveiled 'Education First,' his new global initiative which aims to improve the quality of education and to put all children in school.

Expert concerned about ongoing human rights violations in Myanmar

Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Authorities in Myanmar have taken positive steps to improve human rights but the country still faces serious challenges, according to a UN independent expert.  Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, says although some prisoners of conscience have been freed, he is concerned about the welfare of those still behind bars.  Mr. Ojea Quintana was in Myanmar from 30 July to 04 August. He says that the past few years have marked an interesting period in the country's history, starting with the 2010 general elections.

Sri Lanka initiative turns garbage collectors into green jobs pioneers

waste pickers in Sri Lanka

There’s a popular saying: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” For waste pickers in Sri Lanka, collecting trash is not only profitable but also ecologically sound.  These workers, who scour garbage dumps for items to resell, are being trained by the International Labour Organization (ILO) so that their work benefits the environment while providing an income.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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