12 Feb 2015
Japan has said it will stand alongside the international community as it faces up to battling terrorism in the Middle East. It follows the execution in Syria in January of two Japanese nationals by the militant terrorist group Islamic State, also known as ISIL. Daniel Dickinson has more details.
Over 9 million Afghan children in rural, conflict-prone areas attend school
Over 9 million children in rural Afghanistan have access to education because of the introduction of community-based schools the UN says. An estimated 3.6 million of them are girls. These alternatives schools were built by the Government with the help of the UN Children’s Fund to help students in hard-to-reach and volatile areas. Parents used to hesitate to send their kids to school because of the extremely long commutes and unsafe travel conditions. Setyo Budi of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reports from the capital, Kabul.
Developing countries engage in a “win-win” partnership
The promotion of development around the world is no longer based solely on developed countries helping developing ones, according to a senior official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Increasingly, low- and middle-income countries are helping each other and coming up with solutions in what is known as south-south cooperation. However, Festus Akinnifesi, Chief of the South-South Cooperation Team of FAO says that this cooperation does not replace collaboration between developed and developing countries. Rocio Franco discussed this issue with Mr Akinnifesi who first described the concept of countries from the global south working together.
Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira