UN Global Perspective: focus on disaster risk reduction, HIV/AIDS and UNICEF campaign

A view of the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Rapid urban growth in Americas leading to higher disaster risk

The rapid growth of cities in the Americas has increased the risk people face from natural and man-made disasters; that's according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Experts from the region recently gathered at a ministerial-level meeting in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion, to discuss how to mitigate that risk. They were also looking at how best to promote the Sendai Framework, an internationally agreed strategy to reduce the number of people who die in disasters and to curtail environmental damage and economic losses. Daniel Dickinson was in Asuncion and spoke to Ricardo Mena, the head of UNISDR's Americas office. He began by asking Mr Mena why the risk of disasters is growing in the region.

 

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. UN Photo/Mark Garten

"Winning" war against HIV/AIDS, says UN head of agency

We are winning the war against HIV/AIDS but countries need to stay focused, the head of the agency dedicated to fight the epidemic has said. UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibé made the remarks ahead of a two-day High-Level meeting on ending AIDS in New York. New HIV infections have fallen by 35 per cent and AIDS-related deaths by 41 per cent. And more than 15 million people today are on anti-retroviral treatment. Reem Abaza asked Mr Sidibé what he aimed to achieve with this meeting.

 

A student checks her smart phone in Cebu, Philippines. Photo: UNICEF/Joshua Estey

Campaign puts youth at centre of response to online abuse and exploitation

About 80 per cent of adolescents think young people are at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying. That's according to an opinion poll by the UN children's fund (UNICEF) which gathered perspectives from more than 10,000 18-year-olds in 25 countries. UNICEF has launched the #ReplyForAll campaign which makes young people advocates for staying safe on the Internet or while using social media. To find out more, Dianne Penn spoke to UNICEF Child Protection Officer Clara Sommarin.

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

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