This flagship podcast series from UN News takes its name from the words that correspondents at UN Headquarters in New York hear each night, at the end of the working day. We highlight the in-depth human stories behind the UN’s work and the way that it touches and impacts ordinary lives around the world.
PODCAST: Durban +20 - forging a creative path in defense of human rights
Growing up in California’s Silicon Valley, African-American Derrick León Washington took note of the socio-economic disparity around him, and knew early on, there was something unjust about what he saw.
Given the opportunity to explore dance as a teenager, he saw most weren’t so lucky, leading him on a mission to explore how he could be of service to his community and beyond.
In this UN News Lid is On podcast hosted by Natalie Hutchison - part of our coverage marking the 20th anniversary of the milestone declaration against racism signed in Durban, South Africa - Derrick shares his trajectory from shy and curious youngster, to professional anthropologist, and his recent work as a senior human rights fellow here at the United Nations.
PODCAST: Tears, fears and fossil fuels
At times it seemed that a COP26 resolution was still hours or even days away but, on Saturday evening, a final document was finally adopted, despite the misgivings expressed by many countries at revised language regarding fossil fuels.
COP26 President, Alok Sharma, seemed close to tears at one point, betraying the enormous pressure felt by so many of those closely involved with the negotiations.
In the last episode of the Lid Is On from COP26, Conor Lennon and Laura Quiñones discuss the outcome of the conference, the Glasgow Climate Pact.
Music: 'Within the Earth' Ketsa
PODCAST: A turning point, or a disappointment? COP26 winds down, with a final declaration still unsigned
With negotiators still haggling over the details of the COP26 final declaration, Conor Lennon and Laura Quiñones look back over two extremely busy, sleep-deprived weeks of announcements, protests and hopeful pronouncements.
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PODCAST: COP26 negotiators ‘roll up their sleeves’ to get a deal
In theory it is the penultimate day of COP26, but this is dependent on negotiators reaching a final agreement, with many thorny details still to be ironed out.
Thursday was also Cities, Regions and Infrastructure day, and our team in Glasgow – Conor Lennon and Laura Quiñones – talk to mayors, activists, and a record-breaking explorer, to get a feel for the progress that is, and isn’t, being made to make cities more liveable and inclusive.
Music: "Within the Earth', Ketsa
PODCAST: Driving the transition to zero emission vehicles – transport day at COP26
It’s looking more and more likely that electric vehicles will dominate the roads of the most developed countries within the next few decades. But will the Global South become the world’s dumping ground for old, polluting cars?
In today’s episode of The Lid Is On from COP26, Conor Lennon and Laura Quiñones speak to some leading experts from the road, shipping and aviation sectors about sustainable fuels and electrifying transport, and get some of the reactions to the draft COP26 final text, released by the UK presidency on Wednesday morning.
Music: 'Within the Earth', Ketsa
PODCAST: The power and energy of women and girls – gender day at COP26
Little Amal, the giant puppet of a Syrian refugee girl was, literally, the biggest figure at COP26 on Tuesday, where the main theme was gender.
She took to the main stage today, alongside Samoan climate activist Brianna Freuan, who reminded delegates that women and girls bear the brunt of the climate crisis.
The day also focused on issues surrounding science and innovation so, in today’s episode of The Lid Is On from COP26 in Glasgow, Conor Lennon and Laura Quiñones explore how hard it can be to communicate scientific information, and the potential impact of low-cost, readily available technology including…the power of dance!
Music: Within the Earth, Ketsa