September 24, 2021

UN Global Perspective: focus on Yemen, indigenous peoples and education in conflict zones

Yemen conference "about hard cash and resources": UN Coordinator

The donor conference on Tuesday which raised US$1.1 billion to bring Yemen back from the brink of famine was about "hard cash and resources" not "pledges and promises". That's according to the UN Resident Coordinator for the war-torn country, Jamie McGoldrick, who said humanitarians needed the money "to start flowing" as soon as possible to meet the "gargantuan" needs of Yemen's people. Close to seven million are on the edge of famine, with 19 million in need of assistance; a humanitarian crisis that's grown out of years of grinding war between government and rebel forces. The first-ever pledging conference in Geneva on Tuesday was hailed as a "remarkable success" by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Mr McGoldrick told Reem Abaza the population was desperate for relief, and outlined where the funds were most needed on the ground.

Indigenous peoples have "come a long way" in past decade: Cree chief

Indigenous peoples have "come a long way" since signing the UN Declaration on their rights a decade ago and need to celebrate their achievements, a chief of the Cree nation in Canada has said. The Cree are one the largest groups of First Nations in North America. Willie Littlechild helped draft the Declaration, a statement emphasizing the rights of indigenous peoples to maintain and strengthen their own institutions and to pursue their own development, at its early stages. He and other indigenous leaders are in New York for the 16th Session of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples. Recalling a time when indigenous peoples were not even welcome in rooms where issues affecting them were being debated, Mr Littlechild shared with Jocelyne Sambira his views on the progress made.

"Malala of Syria" highlights impact of conflict on education in Chad

A 19-year-old refugee and activist, dubbed the "Malala of Syria", has been hearing for herself how Boko Haram terrorists in Chad have disrupted education for a whole generation of young students. Muzoon Almellehan, whose escape from horrific violence in her homeland has led many to compare her with the UN Messenger of Peace, Malala Yousafzai, has been visiting Chad with UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. On Monday, UNICEF announced that 25 million children between six and 15-years-old are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 different countries. Ms Almellehan explained to May Yaacoub why she had gone to Chad.

Source: United Nations Radio