UN Global Perspective: focus on climate change, wastewater and Yemen

Action must be taken "soon" to mitigate climate change: WMO

Governments need to "act soon" to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement and keep global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius, according to the World Meteorological Organization , WMO. New figures from the UN agency show that 2016 made history with a record global temperature high. While 2017 is unlikely to match those records, climate change will still see unusually warm temperatures worldwide. Lucy Dean spoke to Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the WMO about the figures and what they mean for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Wastewater offers huge potential despite "yuck factor": UN report

Water that has been used in agriculture, industry or the home is an untapped resource that can help address growing water scarcity. That's the premise of the latest World Water Development Report launched this Wednesday in Durban, South Africa. It looks at how wastewater, including water used for washing dishes or even to flush the toilet, can be recycled or processed to extract nutrients that can be used as fertilizer, or to generate energy. Stefan Uhlenbrook is coordinator and director at the World Water Assessment Programme, the UN body that publishes the annual study. He spoke to Dianne Penn about the "huge potential" wastewater offers, and the need to overcome what he described as the "yuck factor" surrounding it.

Think before making the dangerous crossing to Yemen, musicians urge

During 2016 more than 117,000 refugees arrived in war-stricken Yemen despite the escalating conflict there, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. Many were lured by smugglers to take a perilous boat journey from Africa, across the Gulf of Aden, or the Red Sea, in search of a better future. UN figures released last week show that an estimated 17 million people in Yemen are going hungry and more than 2 million have been displaced. UNHCR recently launched a major campaign called "Dangerous Crossings" to highlight the horrendous conditions and rising risks of trying to reach Yemen. The campaign enlisted the support of musicians from across the region, led by the renowned singer and former refugee herself, Maryam Mursal. Ana Carmo has more.

Source: United Nations Radio