The state of civil liberties in Central AsiaListen / Following his mission to Central Asia covering Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović briefed the press at UN Headquarters, saying many of the problems these countries have stem from their common history as former Soviet Republics.
Long-term solutions for radioactive sourcesAmong its many other responsibilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, helps its member-states find long-term solutions for the safe and secure storage of disused sealed radioactive sources. Sealed radioactive sources are used in a wide variety of devices in medical, industrial and agricultural facilities worldwide. But if not properly disposed of, these sources present a potential security threat. The IAEA recently helped the Philippines dispose of some unwanted radioactive sources.
Funding shortfalls undermine fragile gains made in Afghanistan: GingJohn Ging is the Director of Operations for the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.
He recently returned from a mission to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Seven members of UN humanitarian organizations accompanied him to both countries.
He says there are evolving humanitarian challenges in both countries.
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