UN and Africa: E-waste in Africa, children in South Sudan and nuclear science and water in River Nile Basin

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Ghana and Nigeria key destinations for shipments of e-waste. Photo: UNEP (file)

• Up to 90 per cent of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly US $19 billion, is illegally traded or dumped each year. That's according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Ghana and Nigeria are among the key destinations in Africa for large-scale shipments of obsolete computers and other hardware.

Children "bearing brunt" of conflict in South Sudan

Children in South Sudan. Photo: Ilya Medvedev

• Children are bearing the brunt of the conflict in South Sudan, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The agency says it is worried as children are dealing with strong psycho-social effects from having witnessed and experienced violence. South Sudan continues to endure a conflict which has pitted government forces against rebels.

Nuclear technology contributes to managing Nile water

Nile basin. Photo: Bionet

• Nuclear technology is playing its role in the management of valuable water resources along the River Nile in Africa. The Nile River Basin is an expansive area of groundwater found around the river itself, covering some 3.2 million square kilometers. Eleven countries depend on this groundwater, so the way it is managed is extremely important The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is using nuclear and isotopic techniques to see how and where the water in the basin is flowing.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10'00"

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