UN Global Perspective: focus on General Assembly, Syria and heart disease

Jihadist extremists are "altogether outside" Islam: King of Jordan

King Abdullah of Jordan and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Jihadist extremists do not exist on the fringe of Islam but are "altogether outside" it. That's the emphatic view of King Abdullah of Jordan, who devoted his speech during the United Nations General Debate in New York to debunking misconceptions about his faith and the need for a "new mind-set and new partnerships" to fight terrorism. He said that for Muslims, the battle against radical outlaw groups was a "fight for our future." Matthew Wells reports.

Li Keqiang. UN Photo/Cia Pak

China calls for inclusive and balanced global economic growth

China is urging more action to reduce inequalities in global development. Premier Li Keqiang made the appeal in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. Charles Appel reports.

Warring parties urged to negotiate "a way out of hell" in Syria

Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The warring parties in Syria and the international community have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to negotiate "a way out of hell" for the people of the war-torn country. Over 300,000 Syrians have been killed and half the population uprooted during the more than five-year long civil conflict. A cessation of hostilities which was agreed a week ago has all but broken down after a humanitarian convoy was bombed on Monday night. Daniel Dickinson reports from New York on a special meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria.

Countries to "beat back" threat of heart disease

WHO/Christopher Black

A new initiative called "Global Hearts" has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) to beat back the global threat of heart disease. Heart attacks and strokes are the world's leading cause of death. These diseases kill more than 17 million people globally, rich and poor alike, the agency says. The project aims to scale up measures to reduce salt and tobacco use and strengthen health care services for dealing with cardiovascular disease. WHO Spokesperson Dr Etienne Krug explained to Mustafa Al Gamal that all countries are affected by this problem.

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

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