UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria, humanitarian aid and indigenous languages

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Deliberate starvation in Syria "a weapon of war" 

The deliberate starvation of people in Syria is being used as a weapon of war, according to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The civil war in Syria is about to enter its sixth year. The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have died there and almost 11 million have been forced to flee their homes. Daniel Dickinson reports.

Shahd, 11 years old, Yemen, 2015. Photo: UNICEF/UNI196752/Mahyoob

Lack of humanitarian aid "deprives people of hope"

The lack of aid for people in need around the world is depriving them of "hope and dignity" according to the co-chair of a UN panel looking at the issue of financing humanitarian relief. Over the last decade, the number of people who require the most basic support to survive has more than doubled to around 125 million.The increase means that there is now a US$15 billion funding gap for relief operations. Kristalina Georgieva is a co-chair on the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing. Nikola Krastev began by asking her why the needs are growing.

Clint Bracknell. UN Photo.

A spoken language "disappears every 2 weeks"

Spoken languages are disappearing around the world at a rate of one every two weeks. That's one of the worrying statistics being discussed at a UN conference on indigenous languages taking place this week. The expert group meeting organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is focussing on finding out why languages are being lost, and how to revitalize them.Clint Bracknell is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, and speaks the language of the Noongar people, of Western Australia. Matthew Wells asked him what was behind the loss of world languages.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistants: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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