UN Global Perspective: focus on air pollution, journalists and UN Headquarters

Syrian children prepare a fire for cooking. Photo: UNICEF/ Al-Issa (file photo)

300 million children living in areas with worst air pollution

Approximately 300 million children, or one in seven youngsters globally, are living in areas of the world with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution, according to a report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Air pollution is linked to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases that can kill children or affect their development, with poor children being most affected. The report, Clear the Air for Children, has been released ahead of the latest UN climate change conference, known as COP22, to be held next month in Marrakech, Morocco. Basma Baghall has been speaking to the author, Nicholas Rees, a UNICEF Policy Specialist in the area of Climate and Economic Analysis.

A crowd of journalists in Kinshasa. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

“Systematic” increase in violence against journalists in past decade

Organised crime, ethnic and armed conflicts and a rise in demand for information from the public about corruption has resulted in more acts of violence against journalists. That’s according to Frank La Rue, from the UN cultural agency UNESCO. More than 800 journalists have been killed in the course of their work over the past decade. This year alone there have been over 70 assassinations. Priyanka Shankar has been speaking to Mr La Rue on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists which is marked annually on November 2.

A visitor browsing UN Mobile App. UN Photo/Andita ListyariniFree mobile app showcases art and architecture at UN Headquarters

A free mobile app which guides visitors around more than 65 art and architectural works on display at UN Headquarters has been launched. More than 1,000 visitors take a tour around UN Headquarters in New York every day. The app provides historical background on artworks donated by Member States, and the people who donated them. Andita Listyarini joined Vincenzo Pugliese from UN Visitors Services for a sneak preview of the new app, together with co-developer, Indra Wijaya.

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