UN Global Perspective: focus on Aleppo, world’s biodiversity and UN brings benefits to New York City

Jan Egeland. UN Photo/Daniel Johnson

Desperate appeals to evacuate injured from Aleppo

"Desperate appeals" are being made for humanitarian workers to evacuate the sick and injured from the embattled city of Aleppo in Syria, amid continued intense fighting, the UN has said. In a call for a pause in the violence, so that civilians can emerge from their shelters without being attacked, UN Special Adviser Jan Egeland said that aid teams still do not have access to the east of the city. Daniel Johnson has more

Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Photo: Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Reserva de la Biósfera

"Essential services" provided to mankind by biodiversity

Biodiversity, or the variety of life on Earth, provides “essential services” to mankind, according to the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Development and scientific experts gathered earlier this month on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, to discuss how to protect the world’s biodiversity. UNDP has been working with developing countries across the world to help manage these natural resources in line with their own priorities and needs. Pierre-Marc René met the UNDP chief, Helen Clark, in Mexico and began by asking her why biodiversity is so important.

United Nations expresses its gratitude to the City of New York for hosting the Millennium Summit. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

UN brings economic, cultural and educational benefits to New York City

The UN generates US$3.69 billion a year in total economic output to New York City, according to a new study by the Mayor’s Office. According to Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for International Affairs, the UN has generated thousands of jobs and revenues as a purchaser of local goods and services. Referencing the centrepiece of the American football season, she said hosting the UN is similar to "having seven Super Bowls every year". Andita Listyarini has been speaking to Ms Abeywardena.

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