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On this week’s episode of The Lid Is On, we look at how the issue of the climate emergency has been raised during the opening session of the latest General Assembly session (UNGA77). This week, we've heard powerful speeches by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, star-studded events and gatherings at UN Headquarters, and hundreds of events taking place in New York, capitalizing on the global attention the city receives, when so many world leaders are in town. As well as Mr. Guterres, the episode features the voices of former New York mayor and climate envoy Michael Bloomberg, and the new head of the UN Climate (UNFCCC), Simon Stiell. Music: Within the Earth, Ketsa
War crimes have been committed in Ukraine conflict, finds top rights probe Half of Sudan’s most vulnerable children could die without aid Canada braces for Hurricane Fiona after a week of lashing wind and rain in Caribbean
Ethiopia: Civilians mired in intractable and deadly war, Human Rights Council hears Myanmar: If Security Council won't act, other nations should - rights expert UN announces $75 million target reached for salvage of Yemen tanker
Every two seconds someone is dying of a preventable disease: WHO  Famine looms in Somalia, but many ‘hunger hotspots’ are in deep trouble – FAO, WFP Ukraine crisis: UN refugee agency unveils digital refugee support hub
Pakistan floods update: 6 month wait for floods to recede, agencies say OHCHR alarmed at Iranian woman’s death after hijab arrest Rare Ebola outbreak declared in Uganda – WHO 
Multilateral diplomacy in spotlight ahead of UNGA77 Afghanistan: UN repeats call for Taliban to allow girls back to high school Top rights expert urges States to provide ‘humane’ reception facilities
This week we bring you a bonus episode of The Lid Is On: an exclusive interview with UN Secretary-General António Guterres. On the eve of High-Level Week, when leaders from around the world gather at UN Headquarters in New York, Nargiz Shekinskaya from UN News sat down with Mr. Guterres to discuss some of the key international issues on his agenda, including the climate crisis, the need to urgently transform education, and how to tackle the worrying rise in xenophobia and hate speech.
World leaders will soon be flying into New York, for High-Level Week at the UN General Assembly. On Friday, the Peace Bell at UN Headquarters was rung by the UN Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly, and hundreds of young students filled the Economic and Social Council chamber, to reflect on this year’s theme for International Day of Peace, End Racism, Build Peace. Conor Lennon from UN News went along to the commemorations, and met some of the young people, activists and celebrities taking part. This episode also contains a lookahead to some of the key events taking place during the busiest week of the year for most people working at Headquarters.
Ukraine: Rights office set to probe reports of 'mass graves'   UN humanitarians decry 'largest funding gap ever' States still selling arms to Myanmar junta, warns UN report 
Inflation threatens everyone’s right to development, Human Rights Council hears   Climate change ‘recovery’ fund call  Sri Lanka’s health care system close to collapse, warns UN Population Fund  
Palestinian opportunities dwindle, while Israeli settlements grow: UNCTAD Syria: Return to larger-scale fighting may beckon, warn rights experts Ukraine’s people need continuing international solidarity: IOM chief
Climate impacts ‘heading into uncharted territory’, warns UN chief Somalia: Famine expected 'within weeks' unless world acts Rights crisis in Nicaragua is worsening, Human Rights Council hears
Ukraine’s suffering continues – acting UN rights chief 50 million people live in modern slavery 6.3 million people in Sri Lanka face food insecurity
UN chief appeals for "massive" help for flooded Pakistan WFP in Pakistan scales up response for flood-hit communities Europe records its hottest summer in history, says WMO
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education are severe and will only be fully understood in the years to come, says Costa Rica’s former education minister, Leonardo Garnier. Mr. Garnier is the Special Advisor to the Transforming Education Summit, which takes place during the opening days of the 77th session of the General Assembly. On this week’s episode of The Lid Is On, Conor Lennon sits down with the Special Advisor to find out why the UN is putting such a focus on education, amid so many competing global issues and crises, and how lessons can be learned from a previous education crisis, in the 1980s. Music: Ketsa, Within the Earth
UNDP: ‘Back-to-back’ crises halt human development progress IOM: Migration trend in Africa WHO: Meningitis in Africa  
‘Cascading global crises’ threaten gender equality  Pollution and climate change upsurge the risk of ‘climate penalty’  Grave human rights violations in China  
“Unprecedented numbers” of children face the threat of famine in Somalia, warns UNICEF UNHCR rushes aid by air and road following Pakistan floods Air pollution knows no borders, so nations must work together: UN Secretary-General
Myanmar: OHCHR denounces arrest of former UK ambassador Food prices dip for fifth month in a row in August – FAO Pakistan floods: UNICEF warns many more children may die
Next Wednesday the UN marks the third International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. However, the skies are far from clear of air pollution. Only a month ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that practically all the air we breathe is polluted, and that it’s killing around seven million people every year. Ahead of the International Day, Conor Lennon from UN News spoke to Martina Otto and Nathan Borgford-Parnell from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which is hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). They discussed the evolving science surrounding the issue, the extent to which air pollution is improving – if at all – and why international collaboration is essential, if the number of annual deaths is to be addressed. Music: Ketsa, Within the Earth
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ava razavi

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Sep 19th


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Jul 25th

Sam Reid

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Apr 27th

Alex De Marco

Nobody should have to go through this including the millions of civilians NATO has killed since its inception. The hypocrisy is so blinding it make people wonder if anyone paying attention is over 20 years old.

Apr 16th

Luis Robertson

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Apr 15th

Elizabeth Burns

Slavery's legacy? You would think that slavery was no longer a part of the human present. Slavery is still widely practiced in the world at large. Its "legacy" is its resilience in the bloody present.

Apr 11th

Victoria Muchiri

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Aug 9th

Roger Williams

This was an amazing installment of UN News. It was deeply informative. Dr. Margaret Harris was amazing. Thank you!

Mar 28th

muffen jr

I don't believe the correct version of the episode was uploaded. this one seems to be the uncut version without additional audio added.

Jan 16th
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Sigler Jorge

is it something to celebrate the "use of wasted salmon"??? our ocean ecosystems are extremely exploited we need a moratorium not another company profiting from overfishing

Aug 19th
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we need more farmers create food, more food rescues in the communities saving food waste from food businesses who doesn't sell the packaged or vegetables the can reach out to food rescuers and local food pantries to donate what don't sell? more charities can reach out to help local food pantries too to donate possible thousands of pounds of food from local and etc food donors businesses/ etc please? thank you

Jul 20th

Gurpreet Pannu

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Jun 12th
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vishal singh

Very good podcast streaming and utterly informative

Sep 24th
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