UN Global Perspective – Year Ahead 2016

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Amount of money required to meet global humanitarian needs "tremendous"

The amount of money required to meet global humanitarian needs in 2016 is "tremendous," according to the man heading up the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Turkey in May. The UN and other partners recently launched their annual humanitarian appeal, asking for nearly US$20 billion. Veronica Reeves spoke to Antoine Gérard, Chief of the Summit, who says the event will not only focus on resource mobilization, but also on how to most effectively use humanitarian aid.

Photo: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

Refugee crisis unlikely to recede in early 2016: UNHCR spokesperson

The refugee crisis which has seen nearly 4.4 million Syrians flee their homes is unlikely to recede in the New Year. That's according to Melissa Fleming, the senior spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). With thousands of refugees and migrants still crossing the Mediterranean each day looking for a safe haven in Europe, she said that only an end to conflict would stem the flow. Matthew Wells spoke to Ms Fleming, and began by asking her to describe the risks refugees are continuing to take.

Human health bound to suffer if global temperatures rise, UN scientist

UN File Photo/Kibae Park

Human health is bound to suffer if global warming goes beyond the limits agreed at the recent Paris climate change conference. That's the view of Jörg Hacker, a member of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. At the climate summit, Mr Hacker spoke to Cristina Silveiro, who asked him to forecast how human health would be affected by the impacts of climate change.

Presenter: Veronica Reeves
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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