UN Global Perspective: focus on children in conflict, social protection and solar energy

Thousands of children around the world are being used in armed groups. Photo: UNICEF

Call for wider protection for children caught in armed conflict

Despite an ever-changing global security landscape, children continue to pay the highest price in wartime. That was the message delivered by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a Security Council meeting this week on children caught in armed conflict. War subjects children to "a living hell," Mr Ban told Council members. From Syria to South Sudan, to Nigeria, Somalia and Afghanistan, among others, fighting continues to uproot and even end young lives. Dianne Penn reports.

 

 

An elderly woman at her window in a Nepalese village. UN Photo/John Isaac

Austerity is putting "social protection" rights at risk: ILO

Policies of economic austerity around the world are putting the human right to social security at risk, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Isabel Ortiz, the ILO's Director of Social Protection, argues that as government budgets continue to be squeezed, social security programmes are being cut, which is depressing economic activity still further. The ILO said that only 20 per cent of the world's population has adequate social security coverage such as pensions and unemployment insurance. More than half lack any coverage at all. Peter Foster reports.

 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives Captain Bertrand Piccard a "thumbs up" during their video chat via Skype. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Solar Impulse leads the way to a more "energy efficient" world says pilot

The inspiring journey of the first fuel-free plane to circumnavigate the globe leads the way to a more "energy efficient" and sustainable world. That's the view of Captain Bertrand Piccard, co-pilot of the record-breaking plane, Solar Impulse. The team behind the solar-powered flight took 505 days to complete their extraordinary journey, landing in Abu Dhabi in late July. Captain Piccard is also a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador. Basma Baghall, asked the Swiss-born explorer what the main lesson was of their epic flight.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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