A deed bid connected clime action, the play of COP26, and stories from Vanuatu to Brooklyn. Here are immoderate of our favourite audio stories from the past 12 months.
No Denying It
UN News/Laura Quiñones
COP26 is being held astatine the Scottish Event Campus, a Green Tourism Award-winning lawsuit abstraction successful the bosom of Glasgow.
With involvement successful the clime situation ramping up this twelvemonth – partially successful anticipation of COP26, the astir important UN clime league since 2015 – we launched a brand-new series, No Denying It.
Star names specified arsenic Michelle Yeoh and Ed Norton lent their voices to the series, and young clime changemakers from crossed our warming satellite – activists, engineers, and entrepreneurs – showed however it is imaginable to marque changes successful our communities, which tin constituent the mode towards making a large modulation successful the mode we interact with the environment.
One peculiar item was the archetypal episode, featuring histrion Ezra Miller and Canadian First Nation person Dana Tizya-Tramm. Mr. Tizya-Tramm’s distant assemblage has, for galore years, relied connected lipid being flown successful to powerfulness its generators, but a caller star installation task volition let the assemblage to halt burning astir 200,000 litres of diesel substance annually.
Tears, fears, and fossil fuels
Conor Lennon/ UN News
Protesters extracurricular the COP26 league tract
COP26 came astir successful November, 1 twelvemonth aboriginal than scheduled owed to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our squad was successful Glasgow for 12 regular podcasts, afloat of emotion and intrigue.
They witnessed the immense clime demonstrations (including the aggravated denunciations of younker activistic Greta Thunberg), a flurry of announcements promising monolithic reforestation, important cuts successful fossil-fuelled vigor production, and the vexation of ‘frontline States’, facing rising oversea waters which could spot them submerged and wiped retired successful conscionable a fewer years.
20 years connected from Durban
UN Photo/Loey Felipe
Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur connected Contemporary forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, briefs journalists astatine UN Headquarters successful New York. (October 2019)
Twenty years ago, the UN adopted a landmark declaration to antagonistic racism, astatine a league successful the South African metropolis of Durban.
To people the anniversary, UN News published a bid of features, videos and podcasts, showing the galore ways successful which racism is inactive contiguous astir the world, and however it tin beryllium overcome.
We heard from Derrick Léon Washington, an African-American dancer connected a ngo to service his assemblage and beyond, and Tendayi Achiume, the UN autarkic adept connected modern racism and intolerance, who leads a worldwide effort to combat quality rights violations and tackle systemic racism.
Inspiring women successful Vanuatu
Georgiilla Worwor, a instrumentality pupil and assemblage activistic from Vanuatu.
In February, we took our listeners connected a virtual travel to the land State of Vanautu, with Island Voices, a three-part podcast bid describing immoderate of the ways that women successful the state are attempting to interruption down barriers.
We met Risma, an elite-level young surfer, who has faced galore of the challenges that travel with being a pistillate pioneer successful a male-dominated sport, ambitious young politician Georgilla Worwor, and Sergeant Bianca Simeon, who was the archetypal pistillate enlistee successful the Vanuata Police Maritime wing, erstwhile she joined up 11 years ago.
Burning rubber, not fossil fuels
Formula E car astatine the 2021 New York contention successful Red Hook, Brookyln.
The Formula E motorsports title came to New York successful Summer, and we were determination to seizure the sights, sounds, but not the odor of burning substance often associated with racing.
The afloat electrical title has been astir for little than a decade, but large manufacturers are queuing up to beryllium progressive successful the series, which is increasing successful popularity, conscionable similar the electrical cars it has been designed to promote.
We spoke to immoderate of the large players involved, to find retired what the sport, and the industry, are doing to advancing sustainable development, and combat the clime crisis.
Improving the mode we assistance the world’s astir hopeless people
© UNHCR/Will Swanson
Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock with a radical of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar successful Kutapalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh connected 26 April 2019.
Mark Lowcock saw with his ain eyes the plight of the world’s astir hopeless radical during his clip starring the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
After 4 years successful charge, helium stepped down successful June, and spoke successful depth of his clip successful the station with UN News. Mr. Lowcock pointed retired the rising numbers of radical requiring humanitarian assistance is unprecedented, and volition proceed unless countries collaborate amended to combat conflict, clime alteration and disease.
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Remembering Auschwitz: facing the aftermath
US Holocaust Memorial Museum/Yad Vashem
Jews from Subcarpathian Rus are subjected to a enactment process connected a ramp astatine Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland.
Just a mates of weeks aft a convulsive mob stormed the US Capitol, the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau attraction campy provided different important reminder of the fragility of democracy, and the consequences of allowing authoritarian regimes to instrumentality control.
In this podcast, we tin perceive the voices of survivors, on with the poignant publication of German leader, Angela Merkel, and starring UN officials, speaking retired against intolerance and racism, with neo-Nazism seemingly connected the rise.
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