South Asia a leading region for unregistered childbirths


Nearly a quarter of a billion children under the age of five officially do not exist because their births were never registered, thus blocking them from access to education, healthcare and other services, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) reports.

South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have the lowest levels of birth registration, with more than 70 million unregistered youngsters in India alone. Claudia Cappa, UNICEF Statistics Specialist, explains why a birth certificate is literally a passport to protection.

Emergency employment helps Philippines typhoon survivors get back on their feet

Employment Philippines

It's been a month since Typhoon Haiyan barrelled into the Philippines and the International Labour Organization (ILO) is supporting the government in helping survivors to regain their livelihoods.

The ILO's Patrick Moser recently travelled to the city of Tacloban where an emergency employment programme is getting people back on their feet while removing mounds of debris resulting from the deadly storm.

China leads the world in intellectual property applications

Director General WIPO Francis Gurry. WIPO/Berrod Emmanuel

For the first time, China is the global leader in filing applications for intellectual property rights.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says China is also the only country that recorded double-digit growth for each type of intellectual property application, namely patents, trade marks, industrial designs and utility models.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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