Increases in specific cancer rates anticipated after Fukushima accident: WHO

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Fukushima Daiichi plant

People living in areas most contaminated by radiation following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in 2011, are likely to have a higher risk of getting cancer.  That is a conclusion in the first comprehensive global report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Agency says the report, called the "Health Risk Assessment from the Nuclear Accident after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami", was done to estimate the potential public health impact, looking at health risks and not the health effects.

Mahinda Samarasinghe

Sri Lanka targeted in an unfair manner says the country's Human Rights envoy

Sri Lanka has assured the Human Rights Council that it would continue its practice of sharing its ongoing progress towards peace and normality with the Council.  The promise came during the High-level segment of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Sri Lanka's Special Envoy on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe highlighted some of the country's achievements despite what he said were "scepticism and even hostile criticism from some quarters".

Charting a strategy for the least developed countries

Gyan Chandra Acharya

In 2001, there was a feeling among the development community that there are certain countries in the world that are particularly vulnerable because of the severe development challenges they face – among them, a low level of per-capital income, economic difficulties and environmental threats. A special office at the United Nations was created to give special attention to the constraints of these countries. That office, for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, is headed by Gyan Chandra Acharya. He explained to Gerry Adams what criteria define such countries.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"

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