UN CALLING ASIA: Polls close in India, vote counting begins

India has started counting votes on Friday, following the world's largest ever electoral exercise. Voter turnout is estimated at 835 million, according to the UN Development Programme's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. The agency says around 11 million personnel were deployed by India's Electoral Commission to help people exercise their right to vote. Nandita Surendran reports from India.

Booklet lunched to protect Afghan children from armed conflict

A booklet has been launched in Afghanistan by the UN to promote the rights of children under international law and Islam. Afghanistan continues to suffer from instability as the government faces the ongoing threat of violence by the outlawed Taliban movement. Thousands of people have died in recent years, including many children, despite the presence of international troops. Daniel Dickinson reports.

A million new jobs for young people in travel industry by 2019

An international hotel chain is aiming to create one million new jobs for young people in the tourism and hospitality industry by 2019. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. It says almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. The ILO's Matthieu Cognac spoke to Brendan Toomey, the Vice President of Hilton worldwide about the Hilton Worldwide initiative.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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