World leaders discuss nuclear disarmament

Nuclear test carried out in April 1953 at Nevada test site.

For the past 13 years, since the signing of the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000, world leaders have been striving to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons.  During a United Nations nuclear disarmament conference held on the sides of the UN General Assembly debate in New York, Iran took the floor as the current head of the Non-aligned Movement.

The Rana Plaza Building collapse in Bangladesh. [ILO]

ILO and partners work to improve garment factory conditions in Bangladesh

The ready-made garment sector is a driver of Bangladesh’s economy, responsible for nearly $20 million in exports, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).  In the wake of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in April, which killed more than 1,000 people, the UN agency and its partners have been striving to improve workplace conditions for the country’s 3.5 million garment workers.

Students in Changchun, China. (photo: Chang/Corbis)

Seven million graduate students in China to flood job market

In 2013, China will graduate around 7 million students from the University, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), most probably the largest ever-graduating class in the history of the world. Many of those students, the agency adds, will struggle to find a job.  The IMF says that should be good news for development and for students who are often told that if they want a good job, they should get an education. But with graduates flooding the market around the world puts new pressures not only on the graduates but also on the country's leaders.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"


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