Slowing the surge: UN says basic income could protect billions
The United Nations Development Programme has launched an appeal for a temporary basic income to slow the spread of the coronavirus and support the world's most vulnerable populations. Kate Moody speaks to George Gray Molina, its chief economist. Also in this week's show: is a pandemic the ideal moment to start a new business? French entrepreneurs are jumping into a rapidly changing landscape. Plus, our reporters in Beirut got a rare inside look at Lebanon's black market for foreign currency.
UN Charter: After 75 years, a stress test for global ideals
When delegates from 50 states signed the founding charter of the United Nations, the world was still grappling with the ravages of WWII. Today, the ideals they signed up to are undergoing an unprecedented stress test.
Norway's PM calls for 'stronger multilateral cooperation' amid Covid-19 crisis
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg discussed the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in her country. She also called for "stronger multilateral cooperation" and urged more countries to contribute to a multi-donor fund Norway has created at the United Nations to help developing nations deal with the consequences of the global health crisis.
UN criticizes Iran's use of death penalty against minors
The United Nations expert for monitoring human rights in Iran criticized the Tehran government for its use of the death penalty against minors. Two people aged under 18 have been executed by the state so far this year.
'Fallacy' to say Amazon is the heritage of humankind: Bolsonaro
Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has come under attack for wildfires that are raging in the Amazon, tells the United Nations that the rainforest is his country's sovereign territory. "It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a misconception confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world," he says.
World Humanitarian Day: UN, others honour aid workers across the world
The United Nations and other agencies in Nigeria involved in humanitarian work marked the humanitarian day in honour of aid workers all over the world. The day was also specifically dedicated to aid workers who died in the course of duty.
Iceland holds ceremony for first glacier lost to climate change
Iceland has been commemorating the loss of Okjokull with the prime minister and guests from international universities and the United Nations. A ceremony at the site highlighted the urgency of climate protection.
Kelly Craft confirmed as US ambassador to the UN
The US Senate has backed Kelly Craft as President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations. Critics say she's far too inexperienced for the key diplomatic post, which was vacated by Nikki Haley at the end of last year.
More than 70 million people displaced worldwide - UNHCR
Developing countries, not rich Western nations, are bearing the brunt of the world's refugee crisis and are hosting most of the record 70.8 million displaced people who have fled war and persecution, the United Nations and Norwegian Refugee Council said on Wednesday.