UN Global Perspective: focus on humanitarian assistance, contemporary forms of racism and Iraqi children

USG Stephen O’Brien visiting Dekoa, Central African Republic, on 21 October 2015. File Photo: OCHA

Delivering on the promise to invest in humanity

A staggering 130 million people worldwide require immediate humanitarian assistance; a figure that in population terms, would represent the 10th largest country in the world. That's according to the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) which says although needs are great, they are not insurmountable provided countries come together to invest in humanity. Dianne Penn spoke to UN Humanitarian Coordinator Stephen O'Brien ahead of a key UN meeting to encourage the international community to unite to reduce people's risk and vulnerability to conflicts, disasters and other crises. He began by outlining the scale of humanitarian needs globally.

UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Mutuma Ruteere. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Brexit shows need for politicians to stamp out racism and xenophobia, says expert

Politicians have a responsibility in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union not to play on people's fears over migration, which has led to racist and xenophobic sentiment and hate crimes. That's the view of UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Mutuma Ruteere, who was appearing at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. He spoke to Daniel Johnson and started by highlighting the rising trend in inflammatory statements circulating on the internet.

Iraqi refugee children. Photo: Iraqi Red Crescent/UNOCHA

3.6 million Iraqi children now at risk from increasing violence

Some 3.6 million children in Iraq are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups. That's the shocking conclusion of a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). A Heavy Price for Children reveals that one in five young people in the country are affected, a number that continues to grow. Iraq is suffering instability and conflict caused largely by the terrorist group ISIL. Reem Abaza has been speaking to Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF representative in Iraq.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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