UN Global Perspective: focus on Middle East, refugee crisis and mineral wealth in the DRC

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Jan Eliasson (centre) addresses the Security Council. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

"Never, never any justification for murder," Deputy Secretary-General tells Security Council

There is "never, never any justification for murder", the UN Security Council has been told by the UN Deputy Secretary-General. The Council met Thursday on the escalating violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Nearly 60 people, the majority of them Palestinian, have been killed in the latest round of violence. Clashes began a month ago over tensions surrounding access to a holy site in Jerusalem, revered by both Jews and Muslims. Dianne Penn reports.

Refugees and migrants reaching Greece soar past half-million mark

Syrian refugees. Photo:UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece this year has surpassed the half-million mark, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. The agency said that the current spike in arrivals to Greece from countries including Syria and Afghanistan, was putting huge pressure on the Greek islands. UNHCR's Ron Redmond has been to the island of Lesvos, where the majority of people are arriving. Daniel Dickinson asked him for an update.

Rich yet Poor: The Democratic Republic of The Congo

Diamond mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. File Photo © UNEP (2011)

If there’s one country that exemplifies the difficulty in transforming mineral wealth into inclusive growth, it’s the Democratic Republic of the Congo, says the International Monetary Fund. The IMF’s annual economic assessment indicates that while growth rates last year were as high as 9.2 per cent, the poverty rate, is still among the world's worst. Bruce Edwards has been speaking to Norbert Toé, IMF mission chief for The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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