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UN News interviews a wide range of people from senior news-making officials at Headquarters in New York, to advocates and beneficiaries from across the world who have a stake in helping the UN go about its often life-saving work in the field.

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UN News interviews a wide range of people from senior news-making officials at Headquarters in New York, to advocates and beneficiaries from across the world who have a stake in helping the UN go about its often life-saving work in the field.

    Looking towards a future without landmines 

    Looking towards a future without landmines 

    A world without landmines is possible - and sooner than you think. 

    That’s the message from mine clearance experts helping to make communities safe with the UN Mine Action Service, or UNMAS. 

    In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, they explain that although contaminated land is being cleared in more than two dozen countries, this fulfils only a small part of their future development needs. 

    • 13 min
    Mobilizing countries to beat back ‘voracious’ Desert Locust threat in East Africa

    Mobilizing countries to beat back ‘voracious’ Desert Locust threat in East Africa

    Locust swarms of a magnitude not seen in decades are devastating crops and placing millions at risk of hunger in the Horn of Africa. 

    Keith Cressman, Senior Locust Forecasting Officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told Dianne Penn the agency is seeking $76 million to scale-up aerial spraying against the “voracious” locusts and protect livelihoods in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. 

    • 8 min
    Ignoring how children behave online is ‘sticking our heads in the sand’ 

    Ignoring how children behave online is ‘sticking our heads in the sand’ 

    The way children and teenagers behave online has profoundly changed, and if societies ignore the need to rethink child safety issues, then “we are sticking our heads in the sand”. 

    That’s according to Neil Walsh, Chief of the Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  

    Highlighting the role of parents and caregivers in understanding and explaining the risks involved in using the internet, Mr. Walsh told UN News’s Elena Vapnitchnaia that it’s essential to “empower the kids”, enabling them to talk about what they feel and see online.  

    • 11 min
    Commitment, not slogans, key to ending violence against children: UN expert 

    Commitment, not slogans, key to ending violence against children: UN expert 

    While the Internet has given children access to a world of information, including by providing a platform for their voices to be heard, it has also exposed them to cyberbullying, sexual exploitation, hate speech and other dangers. 

    That’s according to  Najat Maalla M’jid, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, who advocates for Governments, civil society and other stakeholders to put children at the heart of their policies.   

    • 6 min
    Ending FGM possible in ten years with youth support: UN reproductive health official

    Ending FGM possible in ten years with youth support: UN reproductive health official

    If young people can be mobilized worldwide to help stamp out the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, it can be ended within the next ten years.

    That’s according to UN reproductive health agency UNFPA’s joint programme coordinator on eliminating FGM, Nafissatou Diop, in an interview with Cristina Silveiro of UN News, just ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to end FGM.

    • 7 min
    Mediation, guidance and wisdom: the UN contribution to peace and security

    Mediation, guidance and wisdom: the UN contribution to peace and security

    Rosemary DiCarlo, a veteran diplomat, has been in charge of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) since 2018.

    She spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News about the role of the department, and her hopes for the future of global security.

    • 18 min

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