UN Global Perspective: focus on migration, tropical diseases and refugee assistance

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William Lacy Swing. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

World must agree a more responsible, humane way to manage migration

It's time for the international community to come together to "more responsibly and humanely manage the movement of people". That's the view of the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing. The agency has documented over 65,000 deaths of refugees and migrations attempting to cross the Sahara and Mediterranean into Europe. Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Mr Swing said that the 2016 Global Compact on Migration provided the "best chance" of achieving progress for people on the move.


Integrated school campaign for the detection, prevention and elimination of leprosy, ocular trachoma and schistosomiasis in Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. Photo: PAHO/WHO

Neglected Tropical Disease successes mask challenge of disease control

Huge advances have been made against many tropical diseases but growing urbanisation has created what UN health experts are calling a huge breeding ground for sickness. In its update on so-called Neglected Tropical Diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday that one billion people were treated for at least one such illness in 2015. But further gains depend on better water, sanitation and disease prevention as Dr Dirk Engels, WHO Director of the Department of Control of Neglected Diseases, told Daniel Johnson.


Fifteen year old Mohammad sits in front of the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Badran

Love and hope are what refugees need most: relief expert

In times of stress, people cling to their faith more than a child to their blanket, so faith-based organizations have a unique role to play in assisting refugees, a religious aid expert has said. Anwar Khan is the CEO of Islamic Relief USA. He participated in a discussion at UN Headquarters on the role of faith-based organizations in refugee assistance. Mr Khan spoke to Lucy Dean.

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

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