Malaria remains biggest killer in Africa

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• Although significant progress has been made in the fight against malaria, the disease remains the biggest killer in Africa. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) says the efforts against malaria have saved the lives of 1.1 million children under five years of age in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2001. However, more needs to be done to fight the disease.

African leaders stress importance of rule of law

President Jacob Zuma

• Before the UN General Assembly's general debate, world leaders gathered in New York discussed the rule of law at the national and international levels. African leaders said the rule of law must be based on the principle of equality. They joined other leaders in adopting a declaration reaffirming their commitment to the rule of law.

Kenyan student imagines himself as UN chief

Wallace Chwala

• To encourage young people to learn about world affairs, the UN Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Brookings Institute launched a speech writing contest for university students. The students around the world had to imagine a speech made by the UN Secretary-General at the opening of the session of the General Assembly. One of the winners from Kenya stressed the need for understanding among nations.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Gerry Adams
Production Assistant: Charles Appel
Studio Engineer: Rosie Starr
Duration: 10'00"

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