Student from India writes imagined speech for UN opening debate

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Secretary-General meeting with Vatsal Vasudev

In early September, students from around the world were invited to imagine a speech that would be made by Mr. Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly debate. The debate which takes place in New York every year, brings together several world leaders. Vatsal Vasudev from India is one of the winners of this contest organized by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Brookings Institute. Along with two other winners of the contest, Vasudev was flown to New York to meet the Secretary-General in person.

UN Chief of Protocol sheds light on his work

Secretary-General (right) meets François Hollande. In the background, Yeocheol Yoon (left)

Before the United Nations general debate opens in New York every year, there are lots of preparation that have to be made in advance. One person who makes sure world leaders and other delegates gathered in New York are properly cared for is Yeocheol Yoon, the United Nations Chief of Protocol. Mr. Yoon gives UN Radio a glimpse of what takes place "behind the scenes".

Malaria in Asia-Pacific region a major public health problem

A man living near a forest in Myanmar

It may not be as deadly as it is in Africa, but malaria in the Asia-Pacific region is also a major public health problem. According to the World Health Organization, there have been 30 million reported cases in the region and over 42,000 deaths in 2010 alone. The majority of these deaths were in India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the agency says. The Roll Back Malaria Partnership or RBM's Executive Director talks about the challenges particular to the region.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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