UN Global Perspective: focus on Syria refugees, nuclear disarmament and Slavery

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António Guterres with students at the Zaatari refugee camp. Photo: UN Photo/Stéphane Dujarric.

Syria refugee numbers hit 5 million: UNHCR

The number of Syrian refugees is now more than five million and their situation is getting worse, the UN said on Thursday. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, wants more countries to fulfil their pledges on resettling those fleeing the conflict in Syria, which is now in its seventh year. From neighbouring Jordan, UNHCR’s Scott Craig tells Daniel Johnson what life is like for those seeking shelter in the country – and the impact on Jordan, which is hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees alone.

An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1 November 1952. Photo: US Government

"Need for progress" on nuclear disarmament "rarely been as urgent": UN chief

The "need for progress" on creating a world free of nuclear weapons has "rarely been as urgent" according to the UN chief António Guterres. His message was delivered at the start of an historic conference that began at UN Headquarters on Monday in the General Assembly, to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.Here's Matthew Wells.

Lonnie Bunch. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Slavery last great "unmentionable" that shaped the world: historian

Slavery is the last great "unmentionable" that has profoundly shaped every corner of the world although it happened centuries ago, the Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture has said.Dr Lonnie Bunch III made the remarks ahead of a UN General Assembly event to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.People are uncomfortable with slavery, he said, and this day allows them to "look at all the dark corners of their past."Elizabeth Scaffidi began by asking Dr Bunch about his vision for the museum and how he plans to fight racism and prejudice through his partnership with the UN Remember Slavery Programme.

Presenter: Lucy Dean
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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