Afghanistan still the global leader in opium production

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Opium poppy and paste (PHOTO UNODC)

With more than 150,000 hectares of poppies under cultivation, Afghanistan maintains its position as the world's leading producer of opium.

The annual World Drugs Report, released this week by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), predicts there will be a "significant" increase in production in 2013.

Human Rights Office urges Myanmar to tackle "longstanding problem" of inter-religious tension

IDP's from Myanmar's Rakhine (UNHCR/ S.Kellly)

The UN Human Rights Office is deeply concerned about human rights violations against Muslims in the Rohinga community in Rakhine State and other regions of Myanmar.

Spokesperson Rupert Colville says the government has to do a great deal more to tackle this issue and to dampen the fires of inter-religious tension.

Pacific island nation believes social media can help save the oceans

Stuart Beck

Oceans should be part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will dominate the global development agenda in the coming years, according Stuart Beck, Palau's ambassador to the UN.

But since “one small country in the middle of the Pacific” cannot make this happen on its own, Palau is hoping to harness the power of social media to get people worldwide to rally in support of the oceans.

Producer : Dianne Penn
Duration: 10'00"

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