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Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Libya "governed by chaos and anarchy" says UN envoy

Libya is "governed by chaos and anarchy" and it's going to take time for it to become a functioning state again. That's the view of Martin Kobler, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), speaking after he updated the Security Council on conditions inside the North African country. Rival political groups and factions have been fighting for control of Libya and a majority signed a statement last month in which they approved a proposed Government of National Accord. Reem Abaza asked Mr Kobler why political paralysis was continuing.

Members of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit.Photo: Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit

More than 1,000 game wardens murdered protecting wildlife

Over 1,000 game wardens worldwide have been killed in the line of duty in the past ten years, the head of the UN-backed treaty that regulates global wildlife trade, CITES, has confirmed. In the fight against poaching and the illegal trafficking of wildlife, front line defenders such as conservation officers, customs officials and game wardens are increasingly being targeted.On World Wildlife Day, observed 03 March, people are being reminded that the “future of wildlife” was in their hands, with a special emphasis on the lives of elephants. CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon began by sharing with me the latest figures of African elephants killed for their tusks.

Peter de Clercq. Photo: UN Radio/Daniel Dickinson

60,000 children facing death in Somalia

Some 60,000 children are facing death in Somalia because of a lack of aid; that's according to the UN's humanitarian coordinator in the Horn of Africa Country. Political instability, recurrent droughts and even flooding means that almost five million people, or half of Somalia's population, require some sort of assistance. The UN says it needs almost US$900 million for relief work, but so far it has received just two per cent of that amount.Peter de Clercq is the UN humanitarian coordinator based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.On a visit to UN headquarters in New York, Daniel Dickinson asked him for an update on the current situation.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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