UN Global Perspective: focus on Yemen, child protection in conflict and Ukraine

"Mass starvation" in Yemen likely without $US2.1 billion in aid

"Mass starvation" for millions across Yemen is likely without a massive emergency aid package totalling US$2.1 billion, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. Speaking on the day that the UN emergency relief agency OCHA and partners launched their biggest ever aid appeal for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick said nearly 19 million people were in need of humanitarian help. "People are having to make life and death decisions," he said. Reem Abaza asked Mr McGoldrick where the money was most needed.

Child protection "part and parcel" of UN peacekeeping operations

More than 5,000 child recruits were freed from armed groups last year thanks to the efforts of UN peacekeeping missions, a senior official with the world body has reported. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping El-Ghassim Wane said child protection is now "part and parcel" of mission mandates due to two decades of international efforts to protect children caught in conflict situations. The UN has just commemorated the 20th anniversary of a General Assembly resolution that addresses this issue. May Yaacoub asked Mr Wane what his main message was for the commemoration.

"Signs of normality" returning for some children on frontline in Ukraine

There are some "signs of normality" returning for children living on the frontline between Ukrainian government forces and separatist rebels, after an escalation in fighting. That's according to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative in Ukraine, Giovanna Barberis, who said on Wednesday, 675 children had been able to return to the classroom in the town of Avdiivka, where power and water supplies have been disrupted by shelling. Around 17,000 Ukrainians overall living in the Donetsk region close to the Russian border have been forced to live in freezing conditions under the threat of bombardment. Ludmilla Blagonravova asked Ms Barberis how many children had been caught up in the latest crisis.

Source: United Nations Radio