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This edition: 70th Anniversary of the United Nations

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Episode Details

First aired: October 1, 2015.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, this special edition of “21st Century” features segments on “Human Rights: Supporting the Displaced”; “Peace Operations: The Path Out of Violence in the Central African Republic”; guest presenter James Bays talks with Ian Martin of Security Council Report; and “Development: The United Nations Spearheads New Set of Development Goals.”

Human Rights - Supporting the Displaced
Founded after World War II the UN’s remit is to make the world a better place by promoting peace and security, defending human rights and fostering development. Near the top of the Organization's agenda this year is a massive human rights crisis: the highest number of refugees in the history of the planet. Our first story is of people in flight - and nowhere are the numbers more overwhelming than in the Middle East where wars are raging in Syria and Iraq.

Development - The United Nations Spearheads New Set of Development Goals
At the turn of the millennium world leaders set a number of targets to make the planet a better place by 2015. The results have been mixed – extraordinary progress alongside some significant failures. And now the United Nations is looking at new ways to make sure no-one is left behind.