UN Global Perspective: focus on civilians in Syria, explosive devices in Iraqi and humanitarian crises in cities

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Two young boys in northern Syria. Photo: Jodi Hilton/IRIN

All warring parties in Syria carrying out "indiscriminate attacks"

All the warring parties in Syria are carrying out "indiscriminate attacks" on civilians according to an independent commission set up by the UN to look into alleged violations of international human rights law in the country. Five years of civil war in Syria has led to the deaths of over 250,000 people and the widespread destruction of infrastructure. Millions of Syrians have also fled as refugees. Daniel Dickinson reports.



Families fleeing violence in Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/ Wathiq Khuzaie

Booby traps in Iraqi city "deeply worrying"

The laying of explosive booby traps in the liberated Iraqi city of Ramadi has been described as "deeply worrying" by a senior UN official in the country. The devices have been left by fighters from the ISIL terrorist group which has been driven from the city that it has occupied until recently. More than three million people have been forced to flee their homes in Iraq since January 2014. The UN estimates that an additional 3 million people are living under ISIL control. The UN Development Programme's representative in Iraq, Lise Grande has been speaking to Cristina Silveiro. She urged internally displaced refugees to wait until their town is cleared of booby traps to return home.


Aisa Kacyira. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

New urban agenda will make responses to crises "much more efficient"

Preparing cities to better respond to humanitarian crises is vital in this day and age when more and more migrants and refugees are seeking sanctuary in urban areas. That's the view of Aisa Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director of UN Habitat, the UN agency which supports sustainable urban development. The issues surrounding displacement in urban areas will be one among many discussed at the World Humanitarian Summit in May. Aisa Kacyira explained to Carmen Cuesta Roca why it's more important now than ever to adopt a new approach.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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