UN Global Perspective: focus on UNSG end-of-year press conference, Human Development Report and Syrian refugees in the US

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Ban Ki-moon addresses journalists. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

2015 brings both breakthrough and horror

The year 2015 has brought both "breakthrough and horror" according to the United Nations Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at his end-of-year press conference at UN headquarters in New York in which he reviewed global events over the past 12 months. Matthew Wells reports.


A seamstress in Chin State, Myanmar. File Photo: Tom Cheatham / World Bank

No "automatic link' between work and human development

There is no "automatic link" between work and human development, according to a new UN study on the issue. The 2015 Human Development Report highlights that although work is vital, it is the quality of that work that matters most. The report pays particular attention to the 1.5 billion people in developing countries working in jobs that offer few rights, with virtually no social protections. Veronica Reeves has been speaking with Shantanu Mukherjee from the United Nations Development Programme.


Mahmoud and his family in Amman, Jordan. Photo: UNHCR/Charlie Dunmore

Syrian refugees prepare for new life in US, despite opposition

Syrian refugees are continuing to arrive in the United States, despite public fears and political opposition. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that around 1,200 of them have been resettled from Jordan to the US this year. Matthew Wells reports on the hopes of one Syrian restaurant owner who's bound together with his family for the state of Tennessee.

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Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
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