UN CALLING ASIA: Bollywood actress "saddened" by treatment of gay community in India

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The Bollywood actress, Celina Jaitly, says she's "saddened" by the treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in India. Ms Jaitly, who is also a human rights equality champion for the United Nations, was in New York for the launch of a Bollywood-style music video made with the UN human rights office. The video called "The Welcome" is part of the "Free and Equal" campaign to promote tolerance of LGBT people. She's been talking to Daniel Dickinson.

Massive landslide in disaster-prone Afghanistan highlights need for preventive measures and long term aid

The deadly landslide that recently affected northern Afghanistan highlights the need to focus on the larger issue of natural disasters, according to the UN. Hundreds of people were killed in the Nowabad area of Abi-Barik village in the Argo district of Badakhshan province. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that 1,000 families have been affected and some 300 houses totally destroyed. Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Disaster-prone areas need to pair satellite technology with alternative power sources

Countries which are susceptible to natural disasters should be looking at pairing satellite technology with alternative power sources as part of their response plan. That's according to a senior official from the Department of Science and Technology, in the Philippines. Parts of the south-east Asian country were destroyed affecting around 16 million when Typhoon Haiyan swept ashore in November last year. The coordination of the disaster response plan necessitated the use of satellite communication. Louis Napoleon Casambre, Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology, recently shared his experiences at the World Telecommunication Development conference in Dubai, organised by the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Maximillian Jacobson-Gonzalez asked him how the country responded to the aftermath of the typhoon.

Presenter:  Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant:  Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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