UN Global Perspective: focus on education, Iraq and sustainable energy

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Malala Yousafzai. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Children need to know they can change the world: UN Messenger of Peace Malala

The Pakistani teenager whose courageous defence of girls' education continues to inspire people worldwide has a message for young people everywhere: your voice matters. Malala Yousafzai, 19, was speaking on Monday after being appointed a UN Messenger of Peace; the youngest person to receive the distinction. The Nobel Peace Laureate first came to the world's attention in October 2012 after being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' right to go to school. Dianne Penn asked Malala about her new role.

Children carrying jars of cooking oil at an IDP camp on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq. (file) Photo: WFP/Mohammed Al Bahbahani

More than half of Iraqis at risk of food insecurity

Further conflict in Iraq and rising food prices, risk pushing more than half of the country's families into food insecurity, the UN said on Monday. In a report compiled together with the Iraqi government, the World Food Programme (WFP) warns that well over two-thirds of children under-15, are working to earn money for food rather than going to school. Since June 2014, more than three million Iraqis have been displaced and they are twice as likely to succumb to a food crisis, as WFP's Dina El-Kassaby explained to Daniel Johnson.

Geothermal energy is converted into electricity and used to heat the Gourmet Mokai glasshouse in New Zealand which grows tomatoes and peppers. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Sustainable energy "underpins" entire global development agenda: UNECE

Both the developing and the developed world have "a lot of work to do," to create a sustainable energy future, a UN energy expert has said. Scott Foster is the director of the Sustainable Energy Division at the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He was at UN Headquarters for a panel discussion on the role of energy in sustainable development. He warned that clean energy development needs to be "aggressive" and happen "fast" in order to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Following the discussion, Lucy Dean asked Mr Foster what role developed countries had in helping developing countries implement clean energy practices.

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

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