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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva
The week’s top news stories, interviews and insight from the United Nations in a 15-minute podcast. With UN Geneva and UN News teams Available every Friday.
2 days ago
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Climate warning, Afghanistan, Burundi, Yemen
In this week’s show, an appeal for support for Afghanistan’s people from António Guterres, who also warns that we’re at a “tipping point” for climate action; we also hear from the fifth and final Commission of Inquiry report on Burundi – it’s still talking of crimes against humanity…. And an interview with UN-appointed independent human rights expert Dr Ardi Imseis, on Yemen’s unrelenting conflict and its impact on the country’s most vulnerable people.
Sep 8, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Afghanistan, DR Congo, Tigray and Yemen
In this week’s show, aid to Afghanistan in the international spotlight, a deadly bacterial meningitis alert in northeastern DR Congo, Yemen’s “unbearable” war drags on, and alarming developments in northern Ethiopia, where the “hungry season” has started, as conflict escalates across Tigray’s borders.
Sep 2, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Afghanistan update, global dementia alert, COVID in Africa
In this week's show, an appeal for Afghanistan’s neighbours to keep their borders open after the Taliban takeover; an interview with a migration expert from UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, on the Afghan boys and girls risking everything to flee the country, and an alert over far-too-low COVID-19 vaccination rates across Africa.
Aug 19, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Afghanistan emergency, Haiti quake solidarity
In today’s show, urgent humanitarian needs in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, the devastating aftermath in quake-hit Haiti, and how the UN health agency is helping to snub out potentially deadly Marburg virus in Guinea, with insight from World Health Organization’s representative in the country Dr. Georges Ki-Zerbo.
Aug 12, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Mental health counselling for displaced kids in Tigray
In this week's show, efforts to reassure thousands of children traumatised by fighting in Tigray, Ethiopia; the UN health agency WHO announces new drug trials to fight COVID, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) investigates a potential heat spike in Sicily, and unsettling updates from Afghanistan amid the lightning Taliban advance. Plus, a sneak preview of our new UN climate action podcast, No Denying It.
Aug 5, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Ultrarunner Fernanda Maciel talks World Humanitarian Day
In this week’s show, an inspiring encounter with an ultrarunner who’s moving mountains to save the climate – or at least running up and down them; a report on rights abuses in Central African Republic during the country’s elections, latest data on global refugee resettlement numbers, a good news update on coronavirus vaccine shipments bound for Africa, and a call for accountability for the people of Lebanon.
Jul 29, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Deal to end plastic waste, COVID vaccines in Africa, sustainable food call
In this week’s show, a global deal to help get rid of plastic waste that’s been signed by 180 countries; a call for a “COVID ceasefire” in Myanmar, how more efficient food production could help solve a global hunger crisis and positive coronavirus vaccine developments in Africa.
Jul 22, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Child labour in Cambodia, Tokyo Games and COVID-19 latest in Africa
In today’s show, solutions to child labour in Cambodia where one teenager has a dream; over in Tokyo, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wishes the Olympic Games well but reminds us COVID-19 is racing ahead, particularly in Africa; also in the news, the High Commissioner for Human Rights issues an alert about the apparently widespread use of spy software.
Jul 15, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Refugee vaccination, tackling systemic racism and Tigray
In this week’s show, if you’re a refugee, how do you get a COVID vaccine? We hear about the challenges and what’s being done to overcome them. Also, the UN rights chief leads a call for an end to systemic racism at the Human Rights Council, as the forum also pushes for urgent action on the worsening situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray, where humanitarians are pleading for quicker aid access. These stories and more, in this week’s UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva podcast, with Daniel Johnson, and Solange Behoteguy Cortes. Thanks for listening.
Jul 1, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Climate change scare for business, COVID’s $2.4 trillion tourism hit and Tigray alert
In this week’s show, the worrying rise of internet blackouts to stifle dissent and why going green is a matter of survival for small firms. Also, the pandemic’s $2.4 trillion hit to global tourism, what new migrant worker numbers tell us about the world economy - and an alert over the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. That’s all coming up in this week’s UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva.
Jun 24, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Drought in Bolivia, COVID in Africa, & why climate resilience matters to shopkeepers
In this week’s show: a chilling warning that climate change could cause a pandemic-scale economic shock to small businesses once a decade; we follow the fast-growing COVID-19 spike across Africa and hear welcome news about how some countries have included refugees in their pandemic vaccination programmes. We’ll also be learning about why drought “could be the next pandemic” from the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official, in this week’s interview. With your host Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, who explains how the indigenous Aymara people came up with their own solution, to a lack of rainfall.
Jun 17, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – ‘Smart’ killer drones, drought and domestic workers’ worsening plight
In this week’s 15-minute podcast, we enter the murky world of so-called intelligent drone strike technology and concerns about their proliferation in an interview with the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Also, an alert over Africa’s third COVID wave, a new UN report likening drought to a new pandemic and a warning over the plight of millions of domestic workers, from the UN labour agency ILO. Also, we’ll have closing comments from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy Cortes.
Jun 10, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Animals in lockdown, Tigray and COVID vaccine alert for Africa
In this week’s UN Catch-Up, we’re getting in touch with the natural world – a photo contest showing what animals make of COVID lockdowns…Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, including likely famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray and alarming coronavirus vaccine shortfalls in nearly all African nations. I’m your host in Geneva, Daniel Johnson, and regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes is with us too for closing comments. Thanks for listening.
Jun 3, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – DR Congo volcano aid operation
In this week’s 15-minute UN Catch-Up podcast, we hear from the UN aid team that’s been caught up in the terrifying volcanic eruption in DR Congo’s Goma city. Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, covering Ethiopia’s Tigray, COVID in Africa and a global biodiversity regeneration call. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes. Thanks for listening.
May 28, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - New expo shakes up aid preconceptions, plus a roundup of the week's news
In this week’s 15-minute podcast we hear about a bold new exhibition at the Red Cross Museum in Geneva that’s looking to shake up preconceptions about what humanitarians do and should be doing, plus coverage of the week’s top stories, including the latest on the Mount Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in eastern DR Congo, a new warning about global warming, and the Human Rights Council’s vote to launch a high-level inquiry into ‘systematic’ abuses in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, from the Information Service at UN Geneva.
May 19, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Middle East crisis, Rohingya appeal, GM bugs to beat malaria
In this week’s UN Catch-Up podcast, we hear about the pressures facing aid workers and people on the front line in Gaza, an appeal for help for almost 900,000 Rohingya refugees, an alert that Mozambicans fleeing violence to Tanzania have been forcibly returned, and guidance from the WHO on genetically modified mosquitoes to overcome deadly malaria. As ever, there’ll be insight from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes.
May 12, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Back to Mogadishu: one Somali doctor’s good news story
In this week’s UN Catch-Up: would you return to your war-shattered country to help rebuild it? That’s exactly what one Somali doctor did - she tells us her inspiring story. We’ll have news on the serious escalation in Middle East and the Myanmar crisis – it’s passed the 100-day mark – a call for International Criminal Court proceedings for genocide against Iraq’s Yazidis, and former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appeal for bold WHO reforms, to prevent another devastating pandemic from happening again. With comment from regular guest Solange Behoteguy Cortes from UN Geneva.
May 6, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Madagascar crisis, Africa COVID alert, US lifts vaccine protections, South Sudan schools reopen
In this week’s UN Catch-Up: a veteran aid worker’s take on the distressing scale of the humanitarian crisis in Southern Madagascar – it’s on the “periphery of famine”, he tells us, and not for the first time. There’s an alert too from WHO on Africa where a “third wave “of coronavirus infections is feared, along with some good news – and some not so good - from South Sudan, where schools have reopened after lockdown, and positive news from the United States, which has decided to lift patent restrictions on COVID vaccines. Last but not least, dramatic insight – and poetic justice - from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, on the theme of global food insecurity.
Apr 29, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Cyprus talks, shipwrecks, Central African Republic alert, UNFPA funding cuts
UN Catch-Up takes us from talks over the divided eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, to the deadly stretch of water that separates North Africa from Europe, scene of a particularly disturbing migrant shipwreck this week. We’ll also hear an alert from UNICEF in the Central African Republic over ongoing violence that’s leaving youngsters vulnerable to exploitation – and a warning from the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health, over the devastating consequences for women, girls and their families from the UK’s $180 million funding cut. We’ll have stimulating insight from regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, and Katy Dartford has a summary of the week’s main news.
Apr 22, 2021
UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Tigray conflict latest, climate ‘abyss’ and Syria gets COVID jabs
In this week’s UN Catch-Up, first-hand information on the continuing humanitarian and security crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray – from the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF; an alert from the Central African Republic where fighting between Government forces and rebels in the north of the country has forced thousands to flee. And, a warning from UN Secretary-General that the world is on the edge of an abyss from climate change, at the White House’s Climate Leaders’ Summit – as UNHCR unveils new data showing that climate shocks has displaced twice as many people as conflict in the last decade. As ever, we have closing comments from regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, thanks for listening.
Apr 15, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Tackling ‘kissing bug’, Mosul’s Al-Nouri mosque rebirth
In this week’s UN Catch-Up, a chilling warning from the UN rights chief who’s likened the spiralling violence in Myanmar to Syria at the start of its decade-long war - and some welcome news about the rebuilding of Mosul’s great Al-Nouri Mosque, that suffered such terrible damage in the fight to clear ISIL extremists from the Iraqi city… Also we’ll be finding out about a UN-partnered plan to tackle the “kissing bug” – a neglected tropical disease which you definitely don’t want to embrace; it’s something that our regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes remembers all too well from her childhood growing up in Bolivia…tune in to hear her story.
Apr 8, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – COVID & AZ, vaccine passports, Iran, gadgets and robots
In this week’s UN Catch-Up, we’re checking in with the World Health Organization for the latest key COVID-19 developments, including an equitable vaccine distribution milestone. Also – we hear from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and an alert about increasingly vulnerable Afghan refugees who need lifesaving medical care. And before our 15 minutes’ studio time is up, we’ll be finding out how the latest gadgets and robots can help more of us – thanks to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – and we’ll have closing comments from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes…Thanks for listening.
Apr 1, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Suez ship fallout, Sahel unrest, Myanmar shelter call and Mozambique attacks
In this week’s UN Catch-Up from Geneva, we’ll find out why we should all be concerned about the container ship that’s been making waves in the Suez Canal. Also – the Sahel attack on civilians that’s prompted a protection call from the UN refugee agency…the latest on the Myanmar crisis and help for child victims of the insurgency in northern Mozambique. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes from UN Geneva.
Mar 25, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Beating polio in India, Tigray probe, Myanmar crisis
In this week’s show, we’re celebrating seven years without polio in India and finding out how it was done. Could the lessons learned help to overcome COVID vaccine hesitancy? Also - the UN’s human rights office OHCHR announces a probe into grave rights abuses in Ethiopia’s Tigray region; a call for solidarity for the tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who’ve lost everything in a huge camp fire in Bangladesh; a call for an emergency summit to stop the violence in Myanmar and the latest global COVID data from the UN World Health Organization. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes from UN Geneva.
Mar 18, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – COVID jab ‘clotting’ concerns, Myanmar deaths
In this week’s show, we’re getting the latest expert advice from the UN health agency on what to make of clotting concerns surrounding COVID vaccines. We’ll also hear about a mounting death toll among protesters in Myanmar and a good news story from Cambodia, thanks to UNAIDS, where the agency has had to innovate to respond to the challenges facing people with HIV during the pandemic. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, from UN Geneva.
Mar 11, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – DPRK, COVID & war photographer Giles Clarke
In this week’s show, we’re covering the disastrous impact of COVID-19 in DPR Korea (widely known as North Korea) as told to the Human Rights Council; violence in South Sudan that’s the worst since the onset of the civil war in December 2013 – and, we’ll hear about war photographer Giles Clarke’s moving portrait campaign showing some of Yemen’s displaced millions, in partnership with OCHA, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. With Daniel Johnson, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo from UN Geneva.
Mar 4, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Myanmar crisis, 10 years of war in Syria
In this week’s show, we’re covering UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s appeal for an end to violence in Myanmar, a call by the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization to boost the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to developing countries, and a new tragedy involving human traffickers and migrants sailing from Djibouti to Yemen. And we’ll be hearing about the plight of detainees in Syria’s prisons and detention centres 10 years since the civil war began - and international efforts to get them out, in an interview with UN-appointed independent rights investigator Hanny Megally. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes from UN Geneva.
Feb 25, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Belarus, Eritrea and the U.S. at the Human Rights Council, Nigeria school attacks
In this week’s show we’re covering: Belarus, Eritrea and the US at the Human Rights Council, during the first week of its month-long new session in Geneva. And after gunmen abducted around 40 students and teachers from a boarding school in rural Nigeria, an interview with UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) country representative Peter Hawkins; such attacks are a way of life, he tells us... not forgetting closing comments from regular guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo.
Feb 18, 2021
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – COVID and despair in Syria’s camps
This week we cover the top stories from across the UN, including: an update on COVID-19 variants from the World Health Organization (WHO), an alert over a new Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a the first-ever woman chief of the World Trade Organization (WTO) who hails from Africa – another groundbreaker. Stay with us too for an interview with top rights expert Fionnuala Ni Alouain, who throws light on the miserable situation for thousands of mainly women and children with links to ISIL extremists who are stuck in camps in Syria’s northeast ... and not forgetting a very welcome appearance from regular guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo.
Feb 12, 2021
Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - COVID and cancer, Myanmar crisis latest
In this week’s show, the week’s top stories from the UN covering new coronavirus developments and Myanmar at the Human Rights Council - we also hear how COVID-19 has had a “profound” impact on cancer care everywhere from a World Health Organization (WHO) expert, who explains what that has meant for sufferers - and doctors grappling with a “treatment trade-off” and questions over vaccination… And, not forgetting piercing insight from regular guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo. Thanks for listening.
Feb 5, 2021
Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Stopping human traffickers in the Sahel
In this week’s 15-minute catch-up, we hear from the UN Refugee Agency on efforts to stop human traffickers from exploiting vulnerable people who’ve lost their jobs because of COVID-19, plus the week’s top stories from the UN and comments from regular guests Alpha Diallo and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes – with poetry to boot from Uruguayan scribe Eduardo Galeano. Enjoy the show!
Jan 29, 2021
Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 7
Featuring the week’s main top stories from the UN – including an interview with ILO’s Dorothea Schmidt-Klau on how COVID-19 has created the greatest crisis faced by the world of work since the Great Depression. We have the latest on fighting Yemen, and the rusting supertanker Safer, off the Hudaydah coast, plus an appeal from UN-appointed independent rights experts over the cremation of coronavirus victims in Sri Lanka. Host Daniel Johnson will be joined by regular guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo.
Jan 22, 2021
Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 6
In addition to the week’s main news headlines focusing on President Biden’s potentially massive boost to global cooperation, we’ll be hearing from Myanmar, where the UN is helping to tackle child labour. Plus, insight from guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo…thanks for listening!
Jan 15, 2021
Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 5
This week’s show features the week’s news headlines, an interview with the World Food Programme (WFP) on the poorest of the poor in Madagascar, some of whom are eating mud and leaves to survive, and insight from regular guests from the UN Geneva team, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo.
Jan 8, 2021
Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Episode 4
This week’s show features the week’s news headlines, an interview on the first post-COVID global survey on people’s priorities with UN75 chief Fabrizio Hochschild, and a rendition of one of the longest words in the indigenous Aymara language from Latin America – tune in to find out more…
Dec 18, 2020
PODCAST: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – episode 3
In this week’s show, comedian AK Dans explains how he’s on a mission to challenge stereotypes about his fellow refugees. We’ll have news headlines and insight on migration in Latin America and West and Central Africa, from regular guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, and Alpha Diallo, of the Information Service at UN Geneva.
Dec 11, 2020
PODCAST: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - episode 2
This week’s show hears from Liz Corbin from public service broadcaster the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) she gives us all sorts of insight into the difficulties of getting “life or death” news out to people everywhere in the age of COVID. Plus, a quick round-up of the week’s other stories: A heart-wrenching plea from the head of the UN’s World Food Programme as the agency formally accepted its Nobel Peace Prize, a fresh warning over looming famine in wartorn Yemen and deep concern over gender-based violence and impunity in Afghanistan… Plus insight on press freedom in Mexico and on the African continent from regular guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo at the Information Service at UN Geneva.
Dec 7, 2020
NEW PODCAST: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva
The first show spotlights the work of Radio Okapi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the voice of UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO in the African nation. To help understand how the radio network's tackling the problem of rumours and misinformation – and how it’s going online more and more to keep people listening - Daniel Johnson caught up with the station’s head of Strategic Communication & Public Information, Christophe Boulierac. Plus, a look back at other stories: UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet updates Member States on the situation in Belarus; efforts to get aid into Ethiopia’s Tigray region and – for the world’s workers - a warning from the International Labour Organization that COVID-19’s impact on wages is only just getting started…