UN and Africa: focus on Somali refugees, nuclear power and protection of civilians in South Sudan

António Guterres meeting with Somali refugees at Dadaab camp in Kenya, in May 2015. File Photo: UNHCR/B. Loyseau

More than US$105 million pledged for Somali refugees

More than US$105 million has been pledged at an international conference designed to help support Somali refugees. The money will be used to help millions of displaced Somalis while also increasing the security and resilience of neighbouring host countries. In opening the event, the head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on-going conflict in Somalia had produced the "second largest protracted" refugee situation in the world. Veronica Reeves has the story.

Nuclear power seen as a way out of the "dark" for many African countries

Nuclear Plant. File Photo: IAEA

African countries are increasingly turning towards nuclear power to meet their growing energy needs and pull them out of the "dark."That's according to the head of the Nuclear Electricity Board in Kenya, one of many African countries where nuclear power is being considered. The International Atomic Energy Agency says worldwide, more than 30 countries are looking into establishing nuclear energy programmes. Many of those nations are developing countries, with about one-third of them in Africa. Steve Thachet has more.

Drones to help protect civilians of South Sudan

UN House in Juba. UN File Photo/Isaac Billy

Unmanned drones used for civilian protection could be taking to the skies of South Sudan following changes to the mandate of the UN mission there. The world's youngest nation has been wracked by civil war since December 2013 which has left thousands dead and displaced more than two million people. More than 160,000 civilians are currently sheltering inside UN bases. The enhanced mandate was recently adopted by the UN Security Council, giving the UN Mission on the ground (UNMISS) more options for monitoring the recent peace agreement. David Lukan talked to the UNMISS spokesperson, Ariane Quentier.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
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