UN Global Perspective: focus on relocation of migrants, diabetes and mine action

Newly-arriving refugees on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII

Caution urged in relocation of migrants from Europe to Turkey

The lack of safeguards regarding the relocation of migrants and refugees from Europe to Turkey under a new deal is a cause of concern for the UN refugee agency, UNCHR. The March agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey is an attempt to stem the numbers of refugees and migrants landing on the continent. Close to 200 people who had made it to the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios, were taken to the Turkish port of Dikili this week under the new EU deal, according to media reports. UNHCR Spokesperson Ariane Rummery began by explaining to Jocelyne Sambira why she could not confirm that the returns had started.


Stay super. Beat diabetes. Credit: WHO

Global diabetes problem costs the world US$800 billion a year 

The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 and has risen faster in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. That’s according to the World Health Organization (WHO) which has published its first-ever global report on the disease. The direct medical costs of diabetes, meaning costs of labour and supplies, amount to US$800 billion annually. Dr Etienne Krug is director of the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases at the World Health Organization. Carmen Cuesta Roca asked him about the key findings of the report.


Mine action saves lives. UNMAS/Christian Lamontagne_PVP

Exhibition links mine action and humanitarian work

Landmines and other explosive devices that were buried in the ground during conflict continue to kill and maim innocent people, mostly children. For this reason, the UN has declared 4 April as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has mounted a photo exhibition at UN Headquarters that looks at this year’s theme: ‘Mine Action is Humanitarian Action.’ Dianne Penn toured the exhibition alongside UNMAS Communications Officer, Lee Woodyear, starting with a photo taken in f Cyprus.


Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

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