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2010 – Haiti's fateful year

Haiti earthquake

The year 2010 has been a fateful one for the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. Following a devastating earthquake at the beginning of the year, the country has had to deal with the…

17 Dec 2010 /

The issue of human rights as it relates to HIV and AIDS


Every year on December 1, countries observe World AIDS Day. It is a chance to show solidarity with those…

19 Nov 2010 /

Advancing global health: NGOs put the world on notice

Advancing global health is a challenge for many developing countries. But the world’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs) believe it can…

17 Sep 2010 /

Preventing Violence against Girls

Fifteen years ago in Beijing world leaders promised to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls. Yet today,…

24 Aug 2010 /
Migrants and illegal migration – a hornet’s nest of controversy “What Would Martin Say?”– a look at racism 40 years after the death of the civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Remembrance and Beyond" — stories of survival Slow pace of efforts to combat climate change effects In search of a place called home — The Rohingyas in Bangladesh –
  • NEPAL AT THE CROSSROADS – a look at the peace process as the country approaches Constituent Assembly elections
  • As observance of the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights begins, this programme explores one Cambodian family’s first hand experience of human rights abuse living under the Pol Pot regime. The film produced by the youngest member, Socheata, which means “the lucky one,” shares the family’s exploration of the past, 25 years after leaving Cambodia. Socheata is anxious to find out more about the life the family has left behind in Cambodia and takes a trip with her parents and her brother to the killing fields where it all began. She finds out interesting things about her family and how Khmer Rouge regime has affected their lives.
  • “Towards an International Arms Trade Treaty” – we take a closer look at the devastation and destruction caused by small arms and light weapons and the campaign being waged by governments, civil society organizations, humanitarian and human rights activists, military experts and journalists to secure a legally binding international treaty to end the irresponsible trade in arms world wide. The figures are startling – there is one gun for every 10 people on the planet and a thousand people die each day from gun violence. In this edition, we hear the views of supporters of campaign to control all conventional arms worldwide including former UN force commanders, a war reporter, and a representative of one of the member States leading the international efforts to secure an international treaty.
  • For indigenous people around the world Thursday, 13 September, was an historic day. After 25 years of sometimes contentious negotiations, the General Assembly adopted a landmark declaration outlining the rights of the estimated 370 million indigenous people around the world and outlawing discrimination against them. Though the document is non-binding on Member States, indigenous people hope that recognizing the need for the indigenous to have the same rights as others to culture, identity, language, employment, health and education among others, that UN Member States will support the right of the indigenous to have their human rights respected. It was hoped that the Declaration would have been adopted by consensus, but this proved to be difficult. This edition of Perspective looks back at this significant decision, some of the problems that a few Member States still have with it, and the hopes that those in the indigenous community hold for a new chapter in their lives. “Civilizations and the Challenge for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities”
    A debate convened by the President of the General Assembly, explored some of the reasons behind the growing level of mistrust between people of different religions and cultures; and examined how and why cultural and religious differences increasingly fuel, or are used to justify, conflicts. A number of prominent commentators, academics and political figures participated over two days in four separate panel discussions and shared their ideas.
  • Each year the UN Office on Drugs and Crime [UNDOC] in Vienna publishes an annual report giving us insight into the state of the drug situation in the world. The annual report provides policy makers with the information they need to devise policies that would address identified problems. It also gives information to the general public about the state of the drug situation around the globe; what are some of the emerging problems, where there have been successes and what measure are being taken or need to be taken to bring the situation under control. The report this year shows significant and positive changes in the world’s drug markets. But the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes Antonio Maria Costa warns that while there are signs that both the supply and demand for drugs is stable, “we cannot take our foot off the brake.” Material for this programme was provided by Louise Potterton of our Vienna Office.
  • Darfur At The Crossroads: The situation in Darfur, Sudan, has stirred both the public interest and conscience. Last December when actor George Clooney calling on the UN to do more he posed the question: ” when it’s all sorted out and justice is handed down the question will then be asked where did the nations of the United nations stand on the right side of history or inaction
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