UN and Africa: focus on wildlife crimes, African descendants and food insecurity in Ethiopia

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A southern white rhinoceros at Lake Nakuru, Kenya. File Photo: Ryan Harvey

"Surge" in wildlife crime reported

A surge in wildlife crime, especially affecting African elephants and rhinos, is being fuelled by corruption according to the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, also known as CITES. The CITES agreement was drawn up in 1973 to ensure the trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their very survival. The international community has been meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, to discuss the UN Convention against Corruption. Martin Nesirky asked the CITES chief, John Scanlon how significant the link is between corruption and wildlife crime.

Contributions made by African descendants should be recognized more

Danny Glover. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The world has been presented a unique opportunity to recognize the contributions and needs of people of African descent. That's according to actor and Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover, who is taking an active role in promoting the UN's International Decade for People of African Descent, which kicked off last December. I spoke with Mr Glover and began by asking him why this international decade is of particular importance to him.

Millions in Ethiopia face food insecurity due to changing weather conditions

Dry earth in the desert plains of the Danakil depression in northern Ethiopia. Photo: IRIN/Siegfried Modola

More than eight million Ethiopians need food aid following crop failures brought on by the climatic phenomenon known as El Niño. The changing weather conditions caused by El Niño have led to reduced rainfall in large parts of Africa with Ethiopia being hit hard; that's according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The UN agency says the country had already suffered erratic rains earlier this year which resulted in near total crop failure as well as high levels of livestock deaths among pastoral communities. To find out more, Dianne Penn spoke to WFP Representative John Aylieff.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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