UN Global Perspective: focus on emergency relief, refugees at Jordanian border and climate change

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Major appeal launched with record level of suffering, and record funding gap

Global Humanitarian Appeal 2016.UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Human suffering has reached levels not seen since the Second World War, said the UN's humanitarian affairs chief at the launch of a major appeal on Monday. Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien, said that 125 million people around the world will need humanitarian help to survive 2016.

Refugees lives at risk, stranded on the Jordanian border 

Mohammad in front of the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Badran

Concern is growing for some 12,000 people who are trying to flee Syria and are stranded in remote areas around the north eastern border of Jordan. The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday that these people are facing deteriorating humanitarian conditions and their lives will be "at risk' in the coming months, as winter sets in. UNHCR is calling on the government of Jordan to take in the stranded refugees. The country is currently hosting more than 630,000 of them, which has put a heavy strain on its infrastructure and economy. Nicki Chadwick has more.

Climate Action Summit announced for next year: UN

Robert Orr. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

It's been announced that there will be a Climate Action Summit next year, to carry forward the hoped-for agreement on climate change at the COP 21 conference in Paris. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it would take place in May to show that concrete action was being taken to build on any deal. Bob Orr is the Secretary-General’s special advisor on climate change, and he told Stephanie Coutrix in Paris, that “unprecedented” efforts there, would need to continue, if ambitious goals for containing global warming were to be met.

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

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