UN Global Perspective: focus on global economic growth, Aleppo and bullying

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Lenni Montiel. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

"Modest" recovery in the global economic growth

The year 2017 will see a "modest" recovery in global economic growth, according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The World Economic Situation and Prospects Report, highlights some solutions to a "prolonged" economic slowdown, caused by weak investment and slower growth in global trade. Lenni Montiel is the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development at DESA. Jocelyne Sambira asked him about the report's key findings.

Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero (file photo)

War "won't prevent Aleppo from rising": UN aid coordinator

Years of war and destruction "won't prevent Aleppo from rising" once again, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, speaking from the rubble of the eastern part of the ancient city. Ali Al-Za'atari said that it "pains the heart" to witness the destruction first hand, but Aleppo's citizens have a resilience and "love for life" that would fully resurface. He said that after nearly six years of civil war, millions remain trapped in parts of Syria, including the city of Deir ez-Zor, which has now become, in his words, "double besieged". Reem Abaza asked Mr Al-Za'atari to describe what he had seen in Aleppo, which was fully recaptured by Syrian government forces in December.

Photo: UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

Bullying affects one in four schoolchildren, says UNESCO

Of the more than one billion children at school around the world, around one quarter face bullying, the UN said on Tuesday. That the worrying headline statistic from a new report published by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. It highlights that those most at risk are often poor or from ethnic, linguistic or cultural minorities. New types of bullying, such as online victimization, are also affecting children's lives, as the agency's Christopher Castle told Daniel Johnson.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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