UN Global Perspective: focus on ISIL, humanitarian affairs and World Radio Day

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Jeffrey Feltman. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

30,000 foreign terrorist fighters actively engaged with ISIL

Around 30,000 foreign fighters originating from over 100 countries are actively engaged with the ISIL terrorist group or associated factions. That's according to the UN Secretary-General's very first report on the threat of ISIL to international peace and security. The group occupies large areas of Syria and Iraq and continues to brutalise local populations. Jocelyne Sambira reports.




Emergency Relief Coordinator Briefs Press. UN Photo/Mark Garten

World can be "re-inspired" to work for humanitarian causes

The international community needs to be "re-inspired" ahead of a key summit due to be held in Istanbul in May, the head of UN humanitarian affairs has said. Some 125 million people around the world need some type of assistance, a number which has continued to grow in recent years. The World Humanitarian Summit will bring together governments, international organizations, the private sector and people affected by humanitarian crises to decide how best to meet the growing needs. The UN’s Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator is Stephen O’Brien. Stephanie Coutrix asked him why this summit is so important.


Jerome Longue in the UN Radio studios. UN Radio Photo/Matthew Wells

Radio and "blue helmets" vital for UN peacekeeping says French chief

In countries where a disaster is unfolding or a conflict is in full swing, radio makes a big difference; so says the veteran in charge of UN Radio's French Unit. Jerome Longue, has witnessed many crises in the course of his 18-year career. He recently published a paper on the role of radio stations set up, or attached to, UN peacekeeping operations. To mark World Radio Day and the 70th anniversary of UN Radio, our colleague Jerome shared some of his reflections with Jocelyne Sambira.


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

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