UN Global Perspective: focus on Team Refugees, indigenous peoples and nuclear weapons

Ban Ki-moon meets with members of the Refugee team. UN Photo/Mark Garten

#TeamRefugees symbol of hope for millions of displaced people

When the top athletes from more than 200 countries strode into the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the opening ceremony, one team in particular brought the world to its feet. For the first time ever, a Refugee Olympic Team is competing at the Games. Supported by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it represents the hopes of millions of people who have had their lives uprooted by conflict, or persecution. Dianne Penn reports.

Karla Jessen Williamson. UN Photo.

"Let's do things together" for education's sake, urges indigenous leader

When it comes to true educational equality for the world's indigenous peoples, nation states need to "work together" with local leaders and embrace their common heritage. That's the view of Karla Jessen Williamson, an Inuit from Greenland, who is the former Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America and currently an academic at the University of Saskatchewan, in Canada. She was at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, which this year focussed on the right to education. Ms Jessen Williamson told Matthew Wells how the peoples of her own region were dealing with educational inequalities.

Participants of the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, in Hiroshima, Japan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

"Devastating consequences" of nuclear weapons should never be forgotten

Recent ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) shows the need for more international dialogue on the nuclear issue. That's the opinion of the head of the UN organization working to make a global nuclear test-ban treaty reality. 6 August, marked 71 years since the world witnessed the destructive power of atomic weapons with the bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima during the Second World War. A second city, Nagasaki, was bombed three days later. Cristina Silveiro asked Lassina Zerbo, head of the Commission behind the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, for his key message in observance of Atomic Bomb Awareness Day.

Presenter: Laura Jarriel
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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