UN Global Perspective: focus on Afghanistan, counter-terrorism and ending hunger

Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom. File Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

Inquiry into fatal Afghan hospital strikes must be "independent and impartial."

The UN strongly condemned the airstrike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, which left more than 20 people dead. The facility was the only hospital in the war-torn city, where Taliban fighters have been grappling for control with Afghan government forces, backed by coalition air-power. It was run by the medical relief agency, Médecins Sans Frontières, which said on Sunday it was pulling out of the city where it's been a life-saving presence. Matthew Wells spoke to the UN Special Representative in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom on Monday night, and asked him to describe the mood across the country.

Countries struggling to stop movements of foreign terrorist fighters

Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee.
UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

Many countries are struggling to put in place passport monitoring systems aimed at preventing the international flow of terrorist fighters, according to a top UN counter-terrorism official. The UN's Counter-Terrorism Committee has released its second report on Security Council resolution 2178, which calls on countries to implement specific measures to stem the flow of foreign fighters. Isabelle Dupuis spoke to Jean Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN's Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Mr Laborde said that while more work must be done, they'd had some successes in the last year.

"Triple-win" strategy will help end hunger by 2030.

Grain: harvest. File Photo: FAO/ J.Belgrave

Learning new ways to farm will help make hunger a thing of the past, according to a World Bank agricultural development expert. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund have been holding their annual meeting in Peru this week, following the adoption of ambitious new global development goals. A so-called "triple win" is possible, meaning greater productivity, growing more resilient crops, and reducing environmental impact, said Ethel Sennhauser, who is Director of the "Agriculture Global Practice" at the World Bank. Pabsy Pabalan asked Ms Sennhauser, how the 2030 goal of ending hunger, can be realised:

Presenter: Matthew Wells
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