UN CALLING ASIA: “Dignified shelters” for Syrian refugees in Iraq

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The IKEA Foundation is funding the development of durable and easy-to-assemble shelters for refugees. (video capture)

Syrian refugees at a camp in northern Iraq are enjoying what have been described as “dignified shelters.” The white, solid, rectangular shelters are replacing the fabric tents that are typically found in refugee camps across the world. They’ve been developed by the Swedish retail giant, IKEA, in collaboration with the UN refugee Agency. As Warda Al Jawahiry reports from northern Iraq the shelters are already improving people’s lives, helping in one case a sick newborn child to survive.

Men in the Philippines stand up against gender-based violence

Libran N. Cabactulan. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Men in the Philippines are actively engaged in their communities to tackle gender-based violence, according to the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN. Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan was referring to MOVE, a leading men’s group involved in gender advocacy since 2006. At a UN event to encourage people to help end sexual violence in conflict, he shared with Jocelyne Sambira his country’s efforts to advance gender equality through the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

UN helps young Cambodians to take part in local democracy

Chhin Sothea, Loy9 Drama Director (video capture)

Young people in Cambodia are being encouraged to get involved with the running of their neighbourhoods by engaging with their Commune Council. The Council is at the heart of local government, but many youths do not know how to work with it to further their needs and the needs of the locality in which they live. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cambodia is helping those people to understand the importance of the council in the democratic process. It has backed a video called Loy9 about a group of young football players. Directed by Chhin Sothea it shows how the players convince the Commune Council to support their sporting activities. Eoin Ryan reports.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10’00”