UN CALLING ASIA: Child exploitation in tourism "can't be tolerated"

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A woman from northern Thailand with her baby. UN Photo/G Diez

The exploitation of children in the worldwide tourism industry cannot be tolerated according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In South East Asia where the tourism sector is continuing to grow, the organization is working to protect children from exploitation, trafficking and abuse. The UN agency is encouraging all countries and businesses to promote the adoption of responsible policies in line with its Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. Daniel Dickinson asked the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, Taleb Rifai, about child exploitation in South-East Asia.

Trash helping to light up the Philippines

Illac Diaz (UN in Action video capture)

Turning on a light at the flick of a switch is something many people around the world take for granted. But for one fifth of the world’s population, it’s simply not an option, relegating them to a life of what's been called “energy poverty”. One man in the Philippines is making his dream of spreading light a reality, not only in his country, but amongst the world’s poorest. Ransford Cline-Thomas has the story.

Japanese Peacekeeper falls in love with South Sudan's sun

Blue helmets in South Sudan. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

A Japanese peacekeeper serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has discovered the beauty of sunrise and sunset in the newest African nation. Daisuke Yamane is part of the Japanese contingent of UNMISS that is helping the country stand on its feet since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011. After the recent conflict broke out in December last year between government and rebel forces, part of his work has involved helping to provide water and toilets for internally displaced people. David Lukan took a tour with Mr. Yamane at the Juba International Airport where the peacekeeper is assigned.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson.
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez.
Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN Calling Asia.
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