UN Global Perspective: focus on North Korea, Syria and UN mediators

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Stakeout after Security Council meeting on Non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Strongest UN sanctions "in two decades" imposed on North Korea

The toughest sanctions regime "in two decades" has been imposed by the United Nations Security Council on the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK. The resolution, which was adopted unanimously, introduces major economic sanctions, in an effort to bring DPRK back to the negotiating table over its nuclear and ballistic weapons programme. In January, the Asian country, which is also known as North Korea, claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb in its fourth nuclear test. Matthew Wells reports.

Staffan de Mistura. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Syria truce violations are being contained, says UN Special Envoy

Syria's cessation of hostilities is fragile but holding despite several flare-ups, the UN negotiator who's trying to secure peace in the country, said Thursday. Six days into the truce between the majority of warring parties, Staffan de Mistura said the level of violence has fallen, adding: "just ask the Syrians." And looking ahead to peace talks set for March 9 in Geneva, the UN Special Envoy said that it was important for all those invited to understand that the date was "not open-ended". Here's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

Robert Dann. Source: Screen grab from DPA website

"Creativity and flexibility" of UN mediators to resolve global conflicts

Creativity and flexibility; those are two of the qualities needed by the UN's team of mediators who are sent around the world to help resolve some of today's most intractable conflicts. Working in countries like Syria, Burundi, Mali and South Sudan, the mediators operate in highly pressurized environments and largely, behind the scenes. Robert Dann is the Chief of the Mediation Support Unit based at UN headquarters in New York.He's been speaking to Daniel Dickinson.

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

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