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What does it take to be a United Nations worker in some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous locations? How are health workers, humanitarians and peacekeepers racing to protect the most vulnerable populations from the threat of the COVID-19 virus? Stationed in remote locations and far from family, how are they coping themselves? To find out, Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, meets them. Here you will discover extraordinary personal stories from peo ...
 
I'm Jack a politics and history buff who enjoys learning about the why, how, when, who, and what of our world. There is no theme, time limit, or other restrictions to this weekly show other than my own attention span and what I find interesting at that time. This means prior topics include: Presidential desks, submarine communication cables, the last emperor of China and Eurovision. I hope you choose to listen and if you want to get in touch twitter: @jackptaylor or e-mail: jackptaylor92@gma ...
 
"She Stands for Peace" is a podcast by the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), hosted by Dr Yemisi Akinbobola. She Stands for Peace explores the state of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa, through a series of conversations with key actors. From policymakers, to donors, and grassroots peacebuilders, each episode takes a deep dive to unpack the various insights and lived experiences of guests to explore the central question; "20 years after UNSCR 1325 was passed, h ...
 
Target Zero Hunger is a podcast that delves into the core issues of the UN Sustainable Develop Goals (SDGs). From eradicating poverty and hunger, to mitigating and adapting to climate change, rethinking food and agriculture production is critical to feeding a growing population and achieving these goals.
 
"A Way Home Together: Stories of the Human Journey" tells stories of people on the move from different cultures and countries. In our first two episodes, host Ahmed Badr, a refugee from Iraq speaks to his parents and 14-year-old sister about his family's journey. Other early episodes feature young refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa, who now live in North America. Their voices, laughter and emotional honesty are examples of how "A Way Home Together" can help build a new nar ...
 
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“Not just tolerance. I don't like the word tolerance. Tolerance means I am superior than you are. I don't want to be tolerated. I don't want to be a second-class citizen. I want respect. Mutual respect and mutual understanding.” Rabbi Arthur Schneier is a Holocaust survivor and a human rights activist. He shares harrowing memories of his childhood …
 
President Biden has nominated Sarah Margon as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. This is the top American global human rights watchdog and the most important human rights position in the US foreign policy bureaucracy. In 2015, Sarah Margon came on the podcast for a long conversation about her life and career in huma…
 
Pramila Patten is the Special Representation of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. In this episode, we discuss sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women in conflict and post-conflict settings. SRSG Patten also speaks to the plight of refugees in conflict areas and offers her insights and expertise on how the internati…
 
Digital repression is on the rise. Governments around the world have used tools like mass surveillance, internet blocking and disinformation to stay in power. This includes both autocratic governments and weak or illiberal democracies. New research from my guest today Steve Feldstein offers some novel insights into the kinds of digital tools govern…
 
Teresa Whitfield is Director of Policy and Mediation Division, at the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). In this episode we talk about conflict prevention, and the incorporation of a gender perspective and the participation of women in preventing the emergence, spread, and re-emergence of violent conflict.…
 
Hana Meihan Davis comes from a long line of democracy activists in Hong Kong. Today, they are all either in exile, facing arrest, or somewhere in between. Hana Meihan Davis is the author of the new book For The Love of Hong Kong: A Memoir From My City Under Siege, which tells the story of Hana's family and friends who have been on the frontlines of…
 
On Sunday May 23rd a Belarusian fighter jet intercepted a civilian Ryan Air flight and forced it land in Minsk, Belarus. Authorities promptly arrested a dissident journalist onboard and his girlfriend. Often described as "Europe's Last Dictator," this incident was an audacious example of the lengths that the regime of Belarus President Alexander Lu…
 
Nicholas Haysom is Special Representation of the Secretary General to South Sudan, and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. In this episode, we discuss the roles peacekeepers play in the protection of women's rights. From being Chief Legal and Constitutional Adviser to Late President Nelson Mandela, with whom he worked again during th…
 
As the world turns towards greener economies there will be a surge in demand for natural resources that enable a less carbon intensive future. This includes the mineral cobalt, which is key component of batteries. Most of the world's supply of Cobalt is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This raises the prospect that increasing demand for Cob…
 
Elected in 2019 as a 37 year old third party candidate, the president of El Salvador Nayib Bukele is a political phenom. He has a hipster's disposition, but an authoritarian's proclivities. a On the line to explain the rise of Nayib Bukele and the demise of democratic checks and balances in El Salvador is Frida Ghitis, She is a world affairs analys…
 
Mr. Andre Mundal is the Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair. In this episode, we discuss the commitment of member states to the WPS agenda. Mr. Mundal has a background in both the military and diplomacy and brings insights on the effective operationalizing of National Action Plans of UNS…
 
Conflict in Israel and Palestine is escalating in ways we have seen before: an Israeli military assault on Gaza as rockets fly from Gaza to Israel. But what distinguishes this latest iteration of the Arab-Israeli conflict is that violence is spreading within Israel. Over the last several days there have been multiple incidents of mob attacks betwee…
 
“What we're seeing is the desperation out there in the hospitals. We're seeing desperation in the communities. We're seeing even among our team being affected directly by it. At the same time, you know, we've seen communities come together.” Yasmin Ali Haque has worked for the UN’s Children’s Fund, UNICEF for almost 25 years and is now the Country …
 
The last time World Food Program Chief Economist Arif Husain came on the show to discuss global trends in food security was 15 months ago. Needless to say, since January 2020 and the onset of the pandemic food insecurity and hunger around the world have gotten much worse. We kick off this conversation discussing a new report on global hunger and fo…
 
Hajer Sharief is the cofounder and project manager of 'Together We Build It' organisation in Libya, and Karabo Mokgonyana is the African Youth Ambassador for Peace at the African Union. In this episode, we explore their journey as young women peacebuilders, and discuss youth participation, participation of young women in peacebuilding, and social m…
 
It was a combination of imperial ambition and white supremacy that inspired the advent of the field of global health in the 19th century and that colonialist legacy can still be seen in the practice of global health today. Guest: Dr. Ashti Doobay-Persaud is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University where sh…
 
The longtime ruler of Chad, Idriss Deby, died from wounds sustained while visiting troops on the battlefield. Deby had been the president of Chad for over 30 years and was considered a stalwart ally of the United States and France, who viewed him as the lynchpin of regional counter-terrorism efforts. On the line to discuss what the death of Chad pr…
 
In episode one of season two of the She Stands for Peace podcast, Dr Yemisi Akinbobola interviews Bintou Keita, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). SRSG Keita speaks on the importance of localising peace processes.…
 
When COVID-19 forced countries to impose widespread lockdowns last year, there was a concurrent surge in gender based violence and domestic abuse. The United Nations has called this a "shadow pandemic" in which lockdowns everywhere lead to a sharp increase in gender based violence. This includes Poland, where even before the pandemic levels of gend…
 
“I returned from Bangladesh...and sent all of my dresses for dry cleaning. I have not worn these dresses again. I can't wear them. There's too much pain...because I came out and I was wet with all the women crying. I like to open the wardrobe and remind myself of the survivors at all times. They are my moral compass and I have to keep fighting for …
 
India is currently in the midst the single worst spike in COVID cases experienced anywhere in the world since the start of the pandemic. On the line with me to explain how and why the COVID crisis got so bad so quickly in India is Michael Kugelman, Asia Program Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center. We kic…
 
On April 22 and 23rd, the White House hosted the Climate Leaders Summit which featured more than 40 world leaders. Joe Biden kicked off the summit with a major announcement that the United States has set a target to reduce by 50% its carbon emissions by the year 2030 On the line with me to discuss the significance of the White House announcement an…
 
“[There are] two iconic images of the 20th century: Diana walking through the minefield in body armour and then with a little girl who lost a leg to a mine. I was proud to...highlight the incredible work that's been done by deminers around the world by hosting that visit.” Paul Heslop is the Head of the UN Mine Action Team in Afghanistan and has be…
 
The American foreign policy tradition has been recently dominated by just a few ideologies: neoconservatism of the Regan and George W. Bush eras and the liberal internationalism of the Clinton and Obama administrations. Robert Wright, has helped to introduce and popularize a new kind of intellectual tradition to the public square called "Progressiv…
 
On April 14th President Biden announced that American Troops will be leaving Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, formally ending US military engagement after twenty years of war. What contributed to this decision? What impact will it have on internal dynamics in Afghanistan and does this mean the Taliban will gain control? On the line with me to dis…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest iteration of what Charles Kenny calls an unending war between humanity and infectious disease. His new book "The Plague Cycle" documents and describes how the course of human history has been shaped by infectious disease from thousands of years ago to early 2021. Guest: Charles Kenny, senior fellow with the …
 
For the last several months Niger has experienced a surge in attacks against civilians by violent extremists. This region of West Africa, the Sahel, has experienced profound and growing security challenges in recent years. What distinguishes this new upsurge in violence in Niger is that civilians are being targeted -- and on the basis of their ethn…
 
“As long as they are treated in hospital, you see them communicating. And as soon as they get out of the hospital, they are pointing a gun at each other.” Aboubacar Kampo is UNICEF’s Director of Health Programmes but he has also worked as a physician and surgeon in some of the world’s most complex emergency zones, from Afghanistan to the Democratic…
 
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