UN CALLING ASIA: Domestic observers to play crucial role in Afghan elections

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As Afghans prepare for Presidential and Provincial Council elections, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is highlighting the importance of domestic observers and the prevention of fraud. More than 10,000 domestic observers and 250,000 candidate and party agents have already received accreditation to monitor the elections on the 5th of April.  Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Lack of funding a major setback to Cambodia's landmine clearance efforts

Declining donor support for mine clearance activities in Cambodia could seriously hamper the country's chances of becoming mine-free. Cambodia is affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war left by 30 years of conflict that ended in the 1990s. A recent survey found nearly 2,000 km2 of land contaminated by landmines. UN Radio's Patrick Maigua asked Ms Lang Sok, a programme officer with UNDP in Cambodia, her overall assessment of the mine clearance programme.

Europe, Central Asia “not without nutrition woes”

Countries in of Europe and Central Asia are suffering from what has been described by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) as debilitating nutrition problems. That is despite the fact that 53-countries in those regions could be hunger-free in the next few years. Sandra Ferrari asked Raimund Jehle, the Senior Field Programme Officer in FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia about what is causing undernourishment.

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

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