UN Habitat explores what the future will look like in Asian citiesListen /
UN-Habitat just concluded a week-long meeting in Naples, Italy where world leaders gathered to talk about the future of the world's cities. Dr. Kulwant Singh, the UN-Habitat Coordinator in India attended the forum and spoke about the impact of urban growth in the Asia Pacific region.
Cambodia works to reduce child labour
World leaders have called for eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016. While the global number of child labourers has fallen in recent years, experts fear that the global economic crisis could retard further growth. But working with UN agencies, the Cambodian government has pledged to reduce the number of child labourers in its country.
UNESCO supports efforts to improve literacy in Asia
For more than 40 years, the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has highlighted literacy as a human right and the foundation of all learning. Challenges for addressing literacy in Asia are huge and must be addressed in a systemic manner. That's what Subbarao llapavuluri, the head of the literacy section at UNESCO, says. He told UN Radio's Gerry Adams that through institutions like multi-purpose learning centres, people learn much more than how to read. Back Announcement: International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8th.
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