UN celebrates progress on child survival

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Child mortality is on the decline. That's the finding of new data released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).  According to UNICEF, Spokesperson Sarah Crowe, the number of children that die before their fifth birthday has dropped by nearly fifty percent, most notably in Africa and Asia. Ms. Crowe told UN Radio me the decline gives hope that the goal to end preventable child death can be achieved by 2035.

To be young and profitable in Peru

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There are nearly 450,000 young people without jobs in Peru, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). They represent more than two-thirds of the country's unemployed and of the five million young people who do have work, many are in 'precarious' conditions, without social benefits or job security. So instead of looking for a job, many young Peruvians prefer to start their own businesses. Karen Naets-Sekiguchi of the International Labour Organization reports.

Female genital mutilation on the rise in the United States

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Every year, three million girls and women across the globe are genitally mutilated.  Female genital mutilation (FGM), a procedure that involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, is practiced in many countries around the world.  But as the immigrant population in the United States increases, FGM is becoming more widespread in the US. Aberie Ikinko is the director of CAGeM, the Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation. She spoke with UN Radio's Jocelyne Sambira about the organization's work to eradicate FGM in the United States and its recent partnership with the UN Population Fund UNFPA to help address the problem in Africa.

Presenter: Gail Walker
Assistant Producer: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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