UN Calling Asia: focus on human rights, climate change and public-private partnerships

Idriss Jazairy told UN Radio in Geneva that it was rarely the elite who suffer from punitive measures. UN Photo

Sanctions on Iran need phasing out, says expert

The time has come for “phasing out” sanctions on Iran in order to protect the most vulnerable members of society, a leading human rights investigator has said. Idriss Jazairy, who’s the UN’s first independent expert on human rights and sanctions, insisted that in Iran’s case, punitive measures alone had not forced the country to the negotiating table to agree a deal on its nuclear programme. Ahead of his first report to the UN Human Rights Council in September, Mr Jazairy explained to Daniel Johnson what he hoped to achieve in the new position.

Coastal erosion remains a critical environmental issue for many of the islands in the Maldives. Photo: UNDP Maldives/Ahmed Yaamin

 

The Maldives tackles climate change and gender inequality 

The Maldives is making strides in confronting challenges such as climate change and achieving gender parity, according to the UN. Located in the Indian Ocean, the island nation has been described as "ground zero" for monitoring the impact of climate change. Shoko Noda is Resident Coordinator for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the Maldives. She told Dianne Penn how the UN is supporting this "young democracy."

 

Public-private partnership in building infrastructure in India has been both a blessing and a bother, according to IMF. File Photo: World Bank

Reducing disputes related to private financing of public works in India

The building of infrastructure in India using public-private partnerships has been a mixed blessing, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Huge public projects have been built over the past decade, such as highways and railway networks, with most of the actual work handled by private companies. However, the IMF says because these firms typically focus on making profits, the partnership could sour if legal disputes arise. Rajiv Lall heads a private company that manages money for some of India's biggest infrastructure projects.  He participated in a recent panel discussion on investment at the IMF in Washington, DC. Mark Bettencourt asked Mr Lall why governments need private sector help in building public projects.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00

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