UN CALLING ASIA: Syrian refugees share bread with displaced Iraqis

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Shareef distributing bread (UNHCR video capture)

Among the thousands of Syrian refugees who were forced by the conflict to flee their country to Iraq a year ago is a former grocery store owner, Shareef.  In Iraq, Shareef has opened a bakery which has become a successful business.  Iraq now has its own problems. Attacks by militants have forced thousands of Iraqis to flee their homes in the northern part of the country.  When Shareef heard about the new wave of displacement in August, he decided to help those in need by providing bread.  Zahra Machaoui reports.

Ocean acidification could cost global economy $1 trillion annually

Women fishing at sunset in the Dili District, Timor-Leste. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The global economy could lose as much as $1 trillion [US dollars] annually by the end of the century if urgent steps are not taken to stop ocean acidification.  Ocean acidification is the term given to the chemical changes in sea water as a result of an increase in carbon dioxide absorption.  The warning has come from a United Nations report launched this week at a conference on biological diversity taking place in the Republic of Korea.  To find out more about the phenomenon, Florencia Soto Nino spoke to Salvatore Arico, an expert at the UN Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to students at the International Green School. Bali, Indonesia. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Bamboo school contributes to greener world

A school in Indonesia which is made entirely from bamboo has been hailed as a contribution to making the world a greener, more environmentally friendly place.  The aptly named Green School in Bali is the brainchild of a Canadian jewelry designer, who became fascinated by the craft traditions of the Indonesian island.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently visited the school during a trip to Bali.  Nan Zheng reports.

Duration:  10’00″
Presenter:  Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

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