UN CALLING ASIA: "Left-behind" children growing up alone in China

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An increasing number of young people in China are growing up without their parents according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. The so-called "left-behind" children often live with little family support when parents migrate to cities in search of work. Shantha Bloemen works for UNICEF in China. Daniel Dickinson asked her what it's like to be a child in China today.

Kazakhstan called on to improve human rights situation

Maina Kiai. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The efforts Kazakhstan has made to turn the country around economically need to be applied to human rights and democracy issues as well. That's according to UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai who recently completed an official visit to the central Asian country. He said the Government's approach to regulating peaceful assemblies was one of the most pressing issues. Mr Kiai also visited Zhanaozen, where clashes between police and protesters in 2011 led to the deaths of at least 14 people. Nikola Krastev has been speaking to the human rights expert.

Youth demand to be heard at UN

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Young people should be consulted on the major issues that face the world, according to a youth delegate at a UN conference on the post-2015 development agenda. The international community is currently defining new targets which will replace the Millennium Development goals or MDGs at the end of this year. Twenty-three year old Mahishaa Balraj, who is from Sri Lanka, says it’s important that young people’s views on the future are heard. Stephanie Castro spoke with Ms Balraj and asked her about the type of world she wants.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Duration: 10'00"

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