UN Global Perspective: focus on UN Secretary-General, disaster reduction and Haiti

António Guterres. UN Photo/Cia Pak

"Human dignity" to be the "core of our common work" says Guterres

The former Portuguese Prime Minister  António Guterres has been officially appointed Secretary-General-Designate of the United Nations and has promised to put "human dignity" at the core of his work. He told the General Assembly that he accepted the job with "gratitude and humility" and promised to put gender-equality at the centre of his five-year term in charge. Matthew Wells reports.

Ecuador. Photo: UNICEF/UN017164/Castellano. (file photo)

Earthquakes and tsunamis are "biggest killers" but mask climate threat

Of all the natural disasters that can befall nations, earthquakes and tsunamis are the biggest killers, the UN has said. But, in a new report, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) also warns that climate-related deaths linked to events such as storms and heatwaves are the next most dangerous threat. The findings coincide with the International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every year on October 13th.Daniel Dickinson reports.

Les Cayes, Haiti. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Extent of hurricane damage in Haiti "is massive": UNICEF

The extent of the damage due to a hurricane which struck Haiti in early October is "massive", according to UN staff who are working in the hardest hit areas. Najwa Mekki of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, said that it would likely take "years and years" for the affected populations of the Caribbean island to recover from Hurricane Matthew. An estimated 1.4 million Haitians need assistance May Yaacoub spoke to Ms Mekki who has been in Les Cayes, one of the devastated towns.

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