UN Global Perspective: focus on genocide against Yazidis, Ecuador earthquake and solar-powered airplane

Carla del Ponte and Paulo Pinheiro from the Commission of Inquiry into rights violations in Syria, at a press conference in Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

ISIL “committing genocide against Yazidis”

Extremists of the ISIL terrorist group have committed genocide against the Yazidi people caught up in the Syria conflict, UN investigators have said. Paulo Pinheiro, who heads a report into abuses in the war-torn country, said that "every Yazidi man, woman and child" captured by the group has been subjected to "the most horrific of atrocities". Daniel Johnson has this report from Geneva.

Thousands of buildings including this one in Portoviejo, Ecuador, were destroyed in the April 2016 earthquake. Photo: UNDAC/Manabí

Debris removal "problem" two months after Ecuador earthquake

The removal of debris following the catastrophic earthquake in Ecuador two months ago remains a "problem" for which it's difficult to attract donor funding, according to a United Nations advisor on disaster risk management in the South American nation. More than 650 people died in the magnitude 7.8 tremor which struck on 16 April in the north-west of the country. Over 1000 buildings were destroyed and more than 80 severely damaged.Some 28,000 people are still living in temporary accommodation. Nury Bermudez works as an advisor for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Daniel Dickinson asked her about the current situation.

From left: Bertrand Piccard, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, André Borschberg, and UN representative from Switzerland, Olivier Zehnder with Solar Impulse in the background. UN Photo/ Rick Bajornas

Solar-powered airplane circles the globe with "no fuel, but much energy"

An airplane that runs entirely on solar power, is circling the globe with "no fuel, but much energy" according to UN chief Ban Ki-moon. The plane, Solar Impulse, and its two project founders and pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, touched down in New York on the latest stage t of their journey around the world. They were greeted by the Secretary-General, who voiced his support for their project. Janie Cangelosi was at JFK airport.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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