General Assembly starts its annual session in New York

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Jacob Zuma and Ban Ki-moon

• The UN General Assembly began its annual session in New York on Tuesday. World leaders addressed the General Assembly's 68th session on various issues. They include the global economic situation, climate change, progress on the anti-poverty goals known as MDGs, peace and security, the ongoing crisis in Syria and terrorism.

"Being poor is not being stupid" – President of Malawi

President Joyce Banda

 • The Millennium Development Goals or MDGs in Malawi could have been achieved if the economy had not been mismanaged, according to the country's president. Joyce Banda, is the first female president in the country's history. She says Malawi "went through a lot of human rights abuses" and when she took over the economy had collapsed because of mismanagement and nepotism.

Ongoing crisis in eastern DR Congo under spotlight at UN

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

 • A mini-summit on the ongoing crisis in the DR Congo was held in New York on the eve of the 68th session of the General Assembly. The UN Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission co-chaired the meeting. The Presidents of the DR Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa attended the meeting.

Producer/Presenter:Derrick Mbatha

Editor: Donn Bobb
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewitt
Duration: 10'00"

 

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