UN Global Perspective: focus on conflict prevention, tobacco control and Yemen

António Guterres. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

UN chief calls for more global action on conflict prevention

New UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for more global action on conflict prevention. In his first address to the UN Security Council, Mr Guterres stated that prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority for saving lives, reducing suffering and giving hope to millions worldwide. Dianne Penn has this report.

Photo: WHO/S. Volkov

Tobacco deaths could rise to 8 million annually, unless checked

Deaths attributable to tobacco could rise to eight million annually unless efforts are made to curb its usage, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. People in developing countries are expected to be most at risk according to The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control report which looks at the economic, healthcare costs, and development challenges if more people smoke. Mark Goodchild, is from WHO's tobacco control economics unit. He's been speaking to Daniel Dickinson.

The resilience of Yemen's farmers and herders, especially women, needs to be boosted. Photo: FAO/Rawan Shaif

14 million people going hungry in Yemen

In Yemen, some 14 million people, or more than half of the population, are not getting enough to eat and many could die; that's the bleak assessment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Gulf state has endured more than 18-months of instability as government forces and rebels, continue to battle for control of the country. Agriculture, one of the mainstays of the economy, has been severely disrupted; but now the European Union has stepped in to provide funding to more than 150,000 people, to help them boost food production. Reem Abaza spoke on the line to Salah Hajj Hassan, the FAO Representative in Yemen.

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