UN Global Perspective: focus on Disaster Risk Reduction, pollution and Women’s Day

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Robert Glasser (right) speaking to Matthew Wells. Photo: UNISDR

Progress on reducing disaster risk "but not nearly enough": UNISDR chief

There's been "enormous progress" in reducing the risks associated with disasters throughout the world "but not nearly enough". That's the passionate view of Robert Glasser, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the UN agency dedicated to the issue, UNISDR. He was speaking on the opening day of the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, which is taking place in Montreal, Canada. The UN is supporting hosts Canada, as around 1,000 delegates meet to come up with a Regional Action Plan to satisfy the targets of the Sendai Framework; a 2015 global agreement aiming to reduce the loss of life and damage caused by disasters by 2030. Mr Glasser told Matthew Wells the UN was playing a key role accelerating effective risk reduction strategies in the Americas and beyond.

 

Yenagoa, Nigeria: children pass in front of a flame fed by waste and rubber materials. File Photo: UNICEF/Tanya Bindra

 

Stop polluting the future, the World Health Organization urges

If you smoke, burn fossil fuels like coal or drive a vehicle, chances are, you're polluting the air and harming the health of those around you, the World Health Organization (WHO) is warning. Every year, according to the agency, 1.7 million children die from indoor and outdoor pollution because their developing organs and small bodies make them vulnerable to dirty air and water. But these deaths can be avoided, WHO public health director, Dr Maria Neira  told Basma Baghal.

 

 

 

Online fashion promoter Xenia Tchoumi (right) with the International Trade Centre's (ITC) Vanessa Erogbogbo. Photo: ITC / Laurena Arribat

Digital entrepreneur who's pushing for equality online

The internet could provide an “easy, accessible and cheap” way for millions of women to make a living and promote equality, one influential digital entrepreneur believes. Xenia Tchoumi promotes fashion online to more than seven million people; she says that if more women had access online, the impact could be “massive”. For International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8, she tells Daniel Johnson how she tries to make a difference on and offline, ahead of an event at the UN in Geneva  in support of the International Trade Centre's (ITCSheTrades initiative.

Presenter: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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