UN Calling Asia: focus on forced displacement, climate change and heatwave warning system

UNHCR staff speak with refugees from Myanmar in southern Thailand. Photo: UNHCR/V. Tan

Forced displacement on the rise in Asia

The number of people in Asia forced by conflict and instability to flee their homes went up by 31 per cent last year, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency has released its new Global Trends report which covers displacements around the world as of the end of 2014. UNHCR spokesperson Babar Balloch explained to Daniel Johnson why the number of people who were forced to flee has increased so dramatically.

Pacific region issues clear and strong message on climate change

Photo: FAO/Sue Price

With four of the world's 10 most disaster-prone countries located in the Pacific, the region is making sure its concerns about climate change are being heard globally. Representatives from across the region met recently in New Zealand for consultations ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit to be held next year in Turkey. Dianne Penn spoke to Alice Clements, communications specialist with the UN children's agency (UNICEF) in Fiji, who attended the meeting.

Heatwave warning system launched to tackle health threat

Photo: Imal Hashemi/Taimani Films/World Bank

Killer heatwaves can catch governments by surprise, but that could be a thing of the past thanks to a new early warning system that's now available, according to UN experts. Led by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), a new UN "heat-health" initiative provides governments with procedures that they can put in place to protect vulnerable individuals. WMO's Clare Nullis spoke to Daniel Johnson about the project.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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