Security Council sharpens sanctions against North Korea


Security Council chamber

The UN Security Council has sharpened sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to the launch of a missile in December which defied Council bans on the country's use of nuclear technology.  The measures include a travel ban and asset freeze on officials from North Korea's space programme, as well as a banking official involved in the construction of the missile.

UNICEF helps Laos boost child nutrition

A Laotian mother and child

Rice is a staple food for over half of the world's population, but nowhere is it more central to diet and culture than in South-East Asia. In Laos, where rice provides 80% of the calories, even the word for "eat" actually means "eat rice." Unfortunately, overconsumption of rice has left many of the country's children malnourished. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports on a project by the UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF) that's helping to educate Laotian mothers about healthy eating.

UN Security Council holds debate on improving peacekeeping operations

UN peacekeepers

Prior to the vote on sanctions against North Korea, the Security Council met at the beginning of the week to adopt a proposal on improving multi-dimensional peacekeeping operations.  As Gerry Adams reports, the move comes as the UN marks the 65th anniversary of its peacekeeping missions, the first of which was the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, (UNMOGIP).

Presenter: Dianne Penn

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