UN CALLING ASIA: Auditing of Afghan votes continue with over 5 000 ballot boxes opened

Nicholas Haysom. Credit: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

As the auditing of the votes from the June 14 runoff presidential election continues in Afghanistan, more than 5,000 ballot boxes have been opened.  The auditing process is part of the effort to resolve a dispute created by the objections to the announcement of the preliminary results by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in July.  Experts from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are helping in the auditing of the votes.  Nicholas Haysom, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan, spoke to Tilak Pokharel about the auditing process.

#GirlWithABook creators meet Malala

Lena Shareef and Olivia Curl (UN Radio@PHOTO)

A social media campaign in support of young girls' education is making a difference worldwide.  #GirlWithABook was started by two young American girls, inspired by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in 2012 for wanting to go to school.  Lena Shareef and Olivia Curl were chatting online discussing the incident and decided to turn this misfortune into an opportunity.  They created a Facebook page and a Twitter account and started emailing friends and relatives to post pictures of themselves with a book to show solidarity with Malala and girls' education.   Lena and Olivia finally met Malala at the United Nations in New York and spoke to Leda Letra about their social media journey that turned into a book.  Lena first talked about their recent meeting with Malala.

Is entrepreneurship the answer to youth unemployment?

World Bank – D. Chavez

The International Labour Organization (ILO) says 72 million young people are looking for work around the world, 36 million in Asia and the Pacific alone.  Many point to entrepreneurship as one of the key remedies or key solutions to this global problem.  Is entrepreneurship really the solution to youth employment?  ILO's Matthew Cognac who is in Thailand put this question to Carol Roth, a business strategist, TV commentator and author of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal best seller The Entrepreneur Equation.

Presenter:  Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant:  Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration:  10’00″

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