UN CALLING ASIA: Eight countries urged to ratify treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing

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China signing the CTBT on September 24, 1996.

Eight countries that have not yet ratified a treaty to ban nuclear weapons testing have been urged to do so by a senior UN official.  The countries which have not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty include five from the Asia region; India, Pakistan, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Iran.  The treaty can only enter in force once it has been ratified by 44 states which have been identified as having a nuclear capability. Cristina Silveiro asked Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the UN's Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) about progress towards ratification.

Respect and understanding needed to be Speaker in India

New Indian flag raised at Lake Success in 1947.

Respect and understanding are the key human qualities needed to be a successful parliamentary Speaker in India.  So says Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the Indian Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India.  Ms Mahajan was elected Speaker in June.  She met up with Patrick Maigua at an Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Geneva and spoke about her experience so far.

Baron Divavesi Waqa. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

People of Nauru need to be protected and informed through broadband

The people of Nauru need to be protected and informed through better internet connections says the President of the tiny and remote Pacific Ocean island.  Currently, schools, businesses, health services and the government have to share a slow and expensive broadband internet link, which is slowing down the development of the nation.  Daniel Dickinson asked President Baron Waqa about the challenges his country is facing.

Presenter:  Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant:  Sandra Guy
Duration:  10’00″

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