UN Calling Asia: focus on Asia investment, Papua New Guinea and Nepal

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Asia becomes the world’s largest investor region

Asia has, for the first time, become the region which has invested more in other countries than the world's most developed regional economic blocs. That's according to the agency dealing with trade, investment, and development issues at the United Nations, UNCTAD. It says Asia invested US$440 billion in other regions compared to US$390 billion in North America and US$286 billion in Europe. The Asian investments are largely going into acquiring assets in developed countries.  Cathrine Hasselberg spoke with Astrit Sulstrarova to find out more about how Asia has become the largest investor in the world.

"Phones against Corruption” is a UN-supported initiative. Photo: UNDP

Corruption uncovered by text messages in Papua New Guinea

Two public officials in Papua New Guinea are facing corruption charges for mismanaging more than US$2 million following a tip-off by mobile phone text message. The text was sent anonymously as part of a UN-supported initiative called "Phones against Corruption." The initiative encourages people in one of the world's most corrupt countries to pass on information about possible wrong-doing. Roy Trivedy is the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Papua New Guinea. Daniel Dickinson asked him how the system works.


Photo: UNDP/Nepal

Landslides hampering relief deliveries in Nepal

Landslides following in the wake of two large earthquakes in Nepal are hampering the delivery of relief supplies to affected people according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA. The agency says that a lack of funding, only approximately 20 per cent of the US$423 million appeal has been received, is also holding back aid efforts. Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless nearly three weeks after the first tremor hit in April. Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal has updated Ana Carmo on the current situation in the South Asian country.

Presenter: Cathrine Hasselberg
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10'00″

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