UN Global Perspective: focus on indigenous activists, migrants and decent jobs

Joan Carling. Photo: UN Radio/D. Penn

Recognizing indigenous contributions to a sustainable future

The ability to "read" changes in weather patterns or in animal behaviour has saved indigenous communities from natural disasters for centuries. Indigenous activists, who've been meeting at UN Headquarters, are hoping that traditional knowledge like this will be recognized in global efforts to combat climate change and create a more equitable planet. Joan Carling is an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She talked to Dianne Penn about indigenous people's expectations for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Refugees stand outside small tents in Belgrade. Photo: UNICEF/ Shubuckl

Cities have "humanitarian duty" to accept migrants

Cities, especially in Europe, have a "humanitarian duty" to accept migrants and refugees, according to the chief of the UN settlements agency, UN Habitat. Last year, one and a half million Syrians arrived in Europe after fleeing their country, the majority of whom are hoping to build new lives in urban areas. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN Habitat, says the increased levels of migration are the "new normal." Daniel Dickinson asked him why migration, is an urban issue.



Guy Ryder. UN Photo / Daniel Johnson

Lack of decent jobs threatens poverty reduction, ILO chief warns

Decades of progress in reducing poverty could be undone by a lack of decent jobs and stagnating growth, according to top UN labour experts . The International Labour Organization (ILO) says a third of workers in poorer countries earn less than US$ 3.10 per day. Here's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″


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