UN Global Perspective: focus on human rights, deforestation and UNHCR’s youngest ever goodwill ambassador

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Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN human rights chief outlines concerns and bright spots globally

When responding to violence committed by terrorist groups, governments must ensure that they're not violating international human rights standards. That was one of the key messages from UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, speaking to reporters in Geneva on Monday. Dianne Penn reports.

Eva Muller. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

"Alarmingly high" deforestation rate in Africa and Asia: FAO

The rate of deforestation in Africa and Asia is "alarmingly high" although many developed countries are increasing their forest cover. That's according to Eva Muller, forestry director at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who was at UN Headquarters in New York to attend the UN Forum on Forests. She said that agricultural demand accounts for around 80 per cent of deforestation worldwide. She told me that there needs to be a new "interlinked" approach to help protect forests, as enshrined in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Yusra Mardini. Photo: UN News/Daniel Johnson

Fresh challenge for UNHCR’s youngest Goodwill Ambassador

She pulled refugees to safety across the Mediterranean Sea and then swam in the Rio Olympics. For her next challenge, Syrian teenager Yusra Mardini says she wants to change people’s preconceptions about refugees. The 19-year-old was speaking in Geneva, where she was named Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the youngest appointee in the organization's history. Daniel Johnson has more.

Due to some restructuring at UN News, we won't be producing this programme in the future but our other weekly shows on Africa and gender, will be continuing.

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

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