UN Global Perspective: focus on CTBTO, indigenous people and peace in Colombia

Licorne nuclear test, 1971, French Polynesia. Photo: The Official CTBTO Photostream

Eight countries holding the world "hostage" over nuclear testing ban

Eight countries which have so far failed to ratify a Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty are holding the international community "hostage". That's according to Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Speaking in a UN interview, he welcomed President Barack Obama's effort to secure a new Security Council resolution for an end to nuclear testing. The United States Congress is one of the legislatures that has yet to ratify the treaty. Jerome Bernard asked Mr Zerbo what had been achieved in the 20 years since the treaty was first adopted.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Human rights should be "priority" in conservation efforts

Everyone involved in efforts to conserve the environment must make the human rights of indigenous people a "priority." That's the message that a UN independent expert is taking to the World Conservation Congress which opens in Hawaii on Thursday. Communities around the world are increasing losing access to lands they have inhabited for centuries. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Daniel Dickinson began by asking her about the conflict between conservation and indigenous communities.

Displaced Colombian Hernando Becerra's family in the rented house. Photo: UN/UNifeed

Displaced Colombians building a new future

The conclusion of peace negotiations in Colombia has been welcomed by the United Nations. The Government and the main rebel group, FARC, signed a peace agreement in Cuba on Wednesday. Colombians will vote on whether to accept or reject the deal in a referendum set for October. More than 200,000 people died and nearly seven million were uprooted during a half-century of fighting in the South American country. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says reparation and support will be critical to rebuilding the lives of those displaced by the conflict. Dianne Penn reports.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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