UN Global Perspective: focus on Iraq, Syria and global peace

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Lise Grande. Photo: UNICEF/PHAZOU

Civilians in western Mosul at "much higher risk" during battle

Civilians living in the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul are at a "much higher risk" of being killed or injured as the offensive to fully liberate the city continues. That's according to Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, speaking 100 days on from the start of the military operation to retake Mosul. Iraq's second city was captured by ISIL, or Daesh, extremists in mid-2014, and eastern Mosul has now been secured. The western part of the city however, across the Tigris river, is still under Daesh control, with 750,000 civilians trapped there. Reem Abaza asked Ms Grande what immediate challenges lie ahead for the military and humanitarian effort.

 

Two Syrian refugees in Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Lucy Lyon

Syrian people's plight is worse than ever, say UN aid chiefs

More than US$ 8 billion worth of aid is needed to help millions of desperately vulnerable Syrians in 2017, accordingly to UN agency chiefs. Introducing the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan in Helsinki, Finland, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien said that their suffering continues "unabated". UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, meanwhile, added that even though far fewer Syrians were now arriving in Europe, their situation remains dire. Also present was Helen Clark, head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). She echoed the need to help neighbouring countries which had supported Syrians displaced by the nearly six years of brutal war. Daniel Johnson has more.

 

Civilians have borne the brunt of fighting in Wau and across South Sudan. File Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

"Inclusive and sustainable" development can help sustain peace

Investing in education, finding decent jobs for young people and promoting social cohesion are just some of things that can be done to make the world safer, more resilient and sustainable. That's what UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, told members of the General Assembly at a high-level meeting  on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, can help sustain global peace. The 2030 Agenda pledges to "leave no one behind" in its quest to eradicate poverty, hunger and boost security for all. Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

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