UN Global Perspective: focus on girls, torture and Habitat III conference

US$21 billion "dividend" to keep 10-year old girls in school

Developing countries around the world could reap a US$21 billion "dividend" if all 10-year old girls were able to finish secondary education. That's the finding of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in its State of the World Population Report for 2016. The report shows girls are less likely than boys to complete schooling and more likely to face forced marriage and child labour. UNFPA’s Richard Kollodge is the editor of the annual flagship report.  Daniel Dickinson asked him why it is so important to keep girls in school.

Juan Méndez. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Torture, ill-treatment "rife" during suspect interrogations: UN envoy

Torture, coercion and other forms of ill-treatment remain rife in some parts of the world when a crime suspect is interviewed a UN independent expert has said. Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, said that many law enforcement officials have been "conditioned to accept torture" as a necessary method to drive criminals to confess. Andita Listyarini has been speaking to Mr Méndez, who was a victim of torture during Argentina's military dictatorship.

UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson (far right in dark glasses).UN Photo/Matt Wells.

Development "used to break my heart" says GA chief on Quito walkabout

The rush to leave the countryside for cities used to leave the current President of the UN General Assembly feeling heartbroken. Speaking from personal experience, Peter Thomson said that rural development projects used to go to waste due to depopulation in poorer countries; he believes that has changed with the arrival of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. His passionate support for the SDGs came to the fore during a walkabout to visit some of the more imaginative new urban projects on display at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. Matthew Wells went along with Mr Thomson.

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

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