UN Calling Asia: focus on India, Asia-Pacific and Chinese UN Peacekeepers

FAO estimates that people in most of the countries that it monitored now get enough to eat. Photo: World Bank/Bart Verweij (file)

Asia-Pacific records highest reduction in undernourished people

The Asia and Pacific region has achieved the largest reduction in the number of undernourished people in the world, according to research released by the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO. The UN agency estimates that people in most of the countries that it monitored now get enough to eat. The positive news for the region comes in the "State of Food Insecurity in the World" report published by FAO. Hiroyuki Konuma, is the Regional Representative for the agency in Bangkok, Thailand. Sandra Ferrari asked him for some background about the progress made since 1990.

Vijayalakshmy Gupta. ITU Video Capture

India reaches 1bn mobile subscribers

India is about to reach one billion mobile connections according to a board member of the country's Telecom Regulatory Authority. The population of India is around one and a quarter billion. The push to get more people connected is part of the government's Digital India initiative. The international technology sector has been meeting in Geneva at the UN's World Summit on the Information Society Forum or WSIS. At the meeting, Peter Forster spoke to Vijayalakshmy Gupta who's on the Board of the Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority. 

Inauguration ceremony to celebrate the completion of the UNMISS Chinese Infantry Battalion’s camp construction. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

First Chinese peacekeeping combat troops deployed to South Sudan

The first ever Chinese UN peacekeeping combat force to an African country has deployed to South Sudan. The African country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011 and has suffered periods of internal conflict ever since. The Chinese battalion is part of a force of 12,500 peacekeeping troops authorized by the UN Security Council. Ana Carmo has more.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
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