UN Global Perspective: focus on next UN chief, children and Paralympic Games

Mogens Lykketoft. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Selection of next UN chief "delicate process"

The selection process for the next UN Secretary-General has been a "delicate" and "game-changing process" according to the outgoing President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft. For the first time in the history of the organization, the candidates for the next UN chief presented their vision, in open meetings, for the future of the UN and answered questions from Member States. However, despite the new transparency it is the 15-member Security Council which will make the ultimate decision behind closed doors as to who will replace Ban Ki-moon the current SG, as the post is often referred to. Joshua Mmali sat down with President Lykketoft to ask him about this and other challenges the General Assembly has faced during the past 12 months.

A boy carrying his belongings in a large cloth bag over his shoulder is among people walking on railway tracks to cross from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into Serbia. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2203/Georgiev

50 million children "uprooted", says UNICEF

Some 50 million children worldwide have been uprooted from home, more than half by conflict, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, has said. In a new report on the global challenge of supporting children on the move, the agency highlights that they make up a growing proportion of those seeking shelter outside their countries of origin. UNICEF's Director of Programmes, Ted Raucher, describes the scale of the problem to Daniel Johnson.

The United Nations and the Olympic flags. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Paralympics "need to be mainstreamed" and not overlooked

All Olympic athletes, both able and disabled, deserve recognition and widespread media coverage. That’s according to Guozhong Zhang, formerly of the Chinese National Paralympic Committee and now with the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.The Paralympic Games have got underway in Rio de Janeiro, two weeks after the Olympic Games ended, but there has been a significant drop in funding for the event. As a result fewer countries are participating compared to previous years. Laura Jarriel began by asking Mr Zhang about the origin of the Paralympic games.

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

Filed under UN Global Perspective.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...




November 2017
« Oct