UN Global Perspective: focus on Syrian refugees, cancer prevention and youth forum

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Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Conference Supporting Syria and the Region. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

US $10 billion pledged but Syrian refugees need a future: UN chief

With more than US$10 billion pledged, Syrian refugees also deserve the chance to work and go to school, to prevent radicalization and despair. That was the impassioned plea from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, as more than 70 world leaders gathered in London for a UN conference on the humanitarian crisis continuing in Syria, and along its borders. UN agencies and governments in the region, who have taken in nearly 5 million refugees, had originally asked for 9 billion dollars for immediate and long-term aid. Nicki Chadwick reports from London.

A man and a young girl are riding bikes in Izmailovsky park, Moscow, Russia. WHO /Sergey Volkov

Reducing risk factors can prevent one-third of cancer cases: WHO

About one-third of cancer cases can be prevented by limiting tobacco use, lowering alcohol consumption and doing more exercise. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which predicts global cancer cases will rise to more than 20 million annually over the next two decades.The UN agency is calling for improved health coverage for cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on World Cancer Day, observed this Thursday, 4 February. Mamadou Alpha Diallo has been speaking to Dr Ophira Ginsburg, Medical Officer in the NCD Department at WHO in Geneva.

Youth delegates at the ECOSOC Youth Forum. Photo: UNTV Video Caption

Young people "have to be included" to realize 2030 development goals

Young people "have to be included" as they represent the future of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. That's the view coming from the floor of this year's Youth Forum, organized by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at UN headquarters. The theme is about the role young people can play in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by more than 190 countries last autumn at the UN. The 17 ambitious objectives begin with a pledge to end poverty. We asked the most youthful members of the UN Radio team to find out what delegates hope the forum will deliver.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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