First female UN Police Commissioner calls for more women officers in peacekeeping missions

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Brigadier Hester greets fellow UN Police officers

• The Police Commissioner for the African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says more police officers are needed in UN peacekeeping missions. The Commissioner from South Africa is the first woman to occupy this position. She says women in conflicts easily relate to female  police officers.

Developing countries call for more funding to fight poverty

Millennium Development Goals

• Developing countries have urged developed countries to honour their commitments to increase funding for poverty eradication. The call was made at a high-level meeting on financing for development attended by ministers this week. They said despite the economic progress that African countries have made they still need financial assistance for restructuring and industrialization.

Four million people in Madagascar don't have enough food

Food distribution in Madagascar

• Four million people in Madagascar are food insecure, according to a report of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It says poor harvest, bad weather and a locust invasion have caused serious food shortages in the country. The report warns that as many as close to 10 million people are at risk of food shortages.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Donn Bobb
Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewitt
Duration: 10'00"

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