UN CALLING ASIA: Indigenous communities "oldest conservationists"

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montage of indigenous peoples. UN Photo

Indigenous people are the oldest conservationists in the world, according to a consortium of indigenous groups known by the acronym, ICCA. An international meeting on biodiversity is currently underway in Korea, which is considering how knowledge and traditional practices of local communities are key to halting the loss of natural resources. Ashish Kothari is from the Indian environmental organization Kalpavriksh and the ICCA.  The Consortium has released a report on how indigenous peoples can contribute to saving the world's biodiversity through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Florencia Soto Nino asked Mr Kothari about this contribution.

Afghanistan facing "intense moment"

Nicholas Haysom. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

Afghanistan is facing an "intense moment" as it transitions towards a politically stable and prosperous country. That's according to a senior United Nations representative in the country. Afghanistan has just emerged from a protracted and disputed presidential election. A national unity government was formed in September. Setyo Budi has been speaking to Nicholas Haysom, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. He began by asking Mr Haysom about the current political situation.

South Asia not immune to “global learning crisis”

A teacher and student at a school in India. Photo: UNESCO/GMR Akash

Millions of children in South Asia don’t get the education that gives them the fundamental skills to read, write and count, according to a paper released by the UN cultural agency (UNESCO). The paper was released on the occasion of World Teachers Day which is observed on 5 October each year to put a spotlight on the important role of teachers. According to UNESCO, because of a shortage of qualified teachers, some countries won’t be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015. Nihan Koseleci, a Research Officer for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report told Derrick Mbatha that the shortage of trained teachers in South Asia should be seen in the context of what she called the global “learning crisis.”

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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