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UN CALLING ASIA: Afghanistan facing “intense moment”

24 Dec 2014

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Nicholas Haysom. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

This week, UN Radio is taking a look back on stories featured in 2014.

 We begin in Afghanistan, a country facing an “intense moment” as it transitions towards being politically stable and more prosperous. That’s according to a senior United Nations representative in Afghanistan. A national unity government was formed in September, after the country emerged from a protracted and disputed presidential election. Setyo Budi spoke with Nicholas Haysom, who is now the UN’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. He began by asking Mr Haysom about the current political situation.

Bollywood music video recognises rights of LGBT people

Transgender voters. Source: Screen capture from UNIFEED video

Human rights and gender equality remained top priority issues for the United Nations in 2014.

A Bollywood-style music video was launched last April, which presses for the recognition of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in India. Released by the UN human rights office, it is part of the global Free and Equal campaign to raise awareness of homophobic violence and discrimination. Daniel Dickinson reports.

Susan McDade. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Clean energy “made in China” has helped lift millions out of poverty

Climate change issues were also high on the UN’s 2014 agenda, culminating at a UN Climate Summit in September in New York, and at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru in December.

On the Asian continent, China has done more than any other country to lift millions of people out of poverty. That’s according to a team leader in the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative. Rural households in developing countries are using solar and wind energy made in China as a motor for development. However, Chinese companies have been criticized for not doing enough to preserve the environment in countries where they fund big projects, and for always bringing in their own labour force.

Susan McDade sat down with Jocelyne Sambira to discuss how the reduced price of renewable energy has impacted Africa.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10’00”