UN CALLING ASIA: Family pressure biggest issue in Taiwan for LGBTI community

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Jennifer Lu – UN Photo

Women in Taiwan are being forced into marrying men, even if they are from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex or LGBTI community. That’s according to an activist from a Taiwanese LGBTI support group. Jennifer Lu says that many women are forced into heterosexual marriage due to pressure from their families. Stephanie Castro asked Ms Lu about the challenges she faces, as an openly gay woman, in Taiwan.

Opium production remains high in Myanmar and Laos

Poppies. UN Photo/J Sailas

Opium poppy cultivation continues at high levels in Myanmar and Laos, according to a UN report out on Monday. The report, by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows that Myanmar remains South-East Asia’s top opium producer and the world’s second largest after Afghanistan. Opium poppy crops are used to produce heroin, a highly addictive drug that affects the lives of millions of people around the world. To find out more about what the report says Derrick Mbatha spoke on the line to Bangkok, Thailand, with Jeremy Douglas UNODC Regional Representative for South Asia and the Pacific.

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Papua New Guinea faces up to challenge of “resource curse”

Papua New Guinea faces the challenge of a so-called “resource curse” as it focuses on boosting the well-being of its citizens according to the United Nations’ senior representative in the country. Just under half of all people on the island nation live on less a dollar a day despite the fact that the country has significant natural resources. The UN recently released a National Development Report which warns that Papua New Guinea is at a “critical juncture” in its development . Roy Trivedy is the Resident Coordinator for the United Nations in Papua New Guinea. Daniel Dickinson began by asking him about what is meant by the resource curse.

Presenter: Stephanie Castro

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10’00”