UN Global Perspective: focus on Syrian children, El Niño and climate change

In East Ghouta, rural Damascus, a child’s plush toy lies in the rubble of a destroyed building. Photo: UNICEF/UN013166/Al Shami

Impact of Syria war on children "monstrous and brutal"

The impact of the war in Syria is becoming more "brutal and monstrous" on children, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. More than 20 young people reportedly died in air strikes in the north of the country in Man-bij, 80 kilometres to the east of the city of Aleppo. The agency estimates that 35,000 children are trapped in and around the province where violence has intensified in the past six weeks. Juliette Touma, the UNICEF chief of communications for the Middle East and North Africa has been speaking to Reem Abaza.



Mary Robinson. Photo: UN Radio/Laura Jarriel

"Overwhelming" combination of El Niño and Climate change

The combination of climate change and the El Niño weather system has created "overwhelming" conditions for many countries around the world according to the UN Special Envoy for the issue. El Niño has been associated with drought and flooding and has led to severe consequences for millions of people. In May this year, Mary Robinson was named as one of two UN Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate. Daniel Dickinson spoke to her here at UN Headquarters.



The Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok, Thailand, which is an active hub for human traffickers. Photo: UNICEF/Jim Holmes

Forced labour "like a virus" the head of a labour organization says

Forced labour is "like a virus" because of its capacity to mutate, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said. Human trafficking, debt bondage, and modern day slavery are all examples of forced labour. The ILO chief, Guy Ryder, was speaking at a UN panel discussion on building partnerships in global supply chains to bring an end to compelling people to work against their will. Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
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