UN Global Perspective: focus on peacekeeping reform, foreign nationals facing death penalty and Somalia

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Whole future of the UN is "at stake" over peacekeeping reform

UN peacekeepers on patrol in Sudan’s Abyei region. UN File Photo/Tim McKulka

The whole future of the UN is at stake over the modernizing of its peacekeeping operations to face new challenges. That's according to the Deputy Secretary-General on Friday, addressing a meeting on the future of peacekeeping around the world. A top-to-bottom review is underway across the whole of the UN, following a recent report by the Secretary-General. Matthew Wells reports.

More protection needed for foreign nationals facing death penalty

Christoph Heyns. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Countries should do more to protect their citizens facing the death penalty abroad. That's according to a new report released by the UN's top expert on executions. The UN Special Rapporteur on executions, Christoph Heyns, has highlighted that hundreds of foreign nationals face the death penalty after trials that fail to reach the highest – or in some cases – even the lowest standards of fairness. Veronica Reeves asked Mr Heyns what obligations, if any, states have to protect their citizens facing the death penalty abroad.

An end to the "misery" is in sight, Somalis tell UN 

John Ging (left).Photo: OCHA/Guiomar Pau Sole

After 25 years of conflict and misery, the Somali people see an end in sight.That's according to John Ging, head of operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).He was speaking at UN headquarters after returning from a fact-finding visit to Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. He said that each faced a unique set of challenges, but more help from donors was urgently needed to protect civilians from the effects of conflict and climate change. UN Radio's Joshua Mmali, asked Mr Ging why food insecurity in South Sudan had become so much worse this year.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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