Diplomatic Avenue: The humanitarian work in the danger zone
Friday, 31 August 2018
Al Arabiya’s New York Bureau Chief Talal al-Haj interviews Elpida Rouka, one of the senior political advisers Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura. He discusses with her the sacrifices of humanitarian workers in areas of armed conflict. Rocca narrowly escaped the suicide attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on August 19, 2003, killing twenty-two UN staff, including the head of the UN mission, veteran Brazilian diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello.
Al-Haj discusses, also, with Saskia Blume, a policy specialist on migration and displacement at UNICEF, how human trafficking is still a major global issue, and how the UN is tackling it.
Diplomatic Avenue is beamed live every month from Al Arabiya’s studios in the United Nations. Presented by Talal al-Haj, the show features interviews with high-level diplomats and decision makers, with video reports focusing on recent diplomatic developments and pressing issues. The program casts a critical eye over the work of the U.N. and its agencies, not only on the political front, but also on the humanitarian, cultural and scientific levels. The show gives its audience an insight into what goes on within the halls and corridors of the U.N., with a special emphasis on issues that matter to the Arab and Islamic worlds.