UN Global Perspective: focus on war-time rape, work environment issues and antiretroviral treatment

Zeinab Hawa Bangura (left), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, with Lisa Davis, civil society representative. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

War-time rape today a "revival" of slave trade era, says UN expert

Rape and other sexual violations committed during war today, represent a return to the slave trade of centuries ago. That's according to Zeinab Hawa Bangura, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who was presenting her latest report to the Security Council. It lists nearly 50 groups worldwide that systemically commit these crimes. Dianne Penn reports.

Guy Ryder. ILO Photo/Crozet / Pouteau / Albouy

Profound and rapid change in work generates optimism and fear

Profound and rapid changes in the global work environment are generating optimism but also bring "insecurity and fear." That's according to the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, (ILO) Guy Ryder at the opening of the UN agency's annual session in Geneva. Delegates from around the world have gathered to discuss a range of work-related issues, including the increasing role of technology. Daniel Dickinson has more.

In Lesotho, A woman holds the AIDS anti-retroviral treatment medicine for her granddaughter. Photo: IRIN/Eva-Lotta Jansson

HIV: 17 million worldwide now accessing life-saving medicines

And finally, there has been an "extraordinary scale-up" in the number of people living with HIV who are now accessing life-saving medicines, according to a new UN report. The latest Global AIDS update estimates17 million people were receiving antiretroviral treatment at the end of 2015; up from 7.5 million in 2010. The report was launched in Nairobi, Kenya, ahead of an important UN General Assembly meeting on ending AIDS. Dianne Penn has been speaking to Alasdair Reid of UNAIDS who explains what is behind these gains.

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