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Episode 45: Conversation - Dr. Filippa Lentzos on biological threats in the 21st century

Episode 45: Conversation - Dr. Filippa Lentzos on biological threats in the 21st century

February 19, 2021

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Last year, 2020, marked the 45th anniversary of the Biological Weapons Convention that was negotiated at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. It was the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. It prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling and use of biological and toxin weapons. Last year also saw the outbreak of a major pandemic that humanity is grappling to bring under control.

In episode 45, we meet with Dr. Filippa Lentzos, who holds a joint appointment as Senior Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies and the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London, and who is also a regular participant as NGO Coordinator at meetings of the Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva. Dr. Lentzos explains more about her work and her book Biological Threats in the 21st Century, sharing her thoughts on multilateralism for security in this field, providing insights on how to prepare for and respond to outbreaks of disease, and giving us glimpses of emerging technologies. Underlying the conversation is the theme of the importance of moral frameworks. 

Resources 

Learn more about Dr. Lentzos and her work: http://www.filippalentzos.com/

Biological Threats in the 21st Century (Book): https://bit.ly/3uhhiw2

United Nations Biological Weapons Convention: https://www.un.org/disarmament/biological-weapons 

Access the episode transcript here: https://bit.ly/3qtdsxn

Content 

Speakers: Dr. Filippa Lentzos and Amy Smith

Host: Amy Smith & Karen Lee 

Editor/Producer: Karen Lee 

Images: Dr. Filippa Lentzos

Graphics, social media designs and transcript: Karen Lee 

Recorded & produced by the UN Library & Archives Geneva 

Episode 44: Knowledge Rising Series - Kris Monteith on activating youth voice

Episode 44: Knowledge Rising Series - Kris Monteith on activating youth voice

February 5, 2021

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Today, we continue with our series Knowledge Rising dedicated to listening to young changemakers. In episode 44, we are joined by Kristeena Monteith.

Kris is the creative producer at Talk Up Yout, a suite of multi-media platforms, and executive producer of Talk Up Radio that gives Jamaican Youth a voice and focuses on tackling issues affecting young people. It’s also led, produced and driven by young people and after almost a decade of existence the platform is firmly identified with youth upliftment and empowerment. Not surprisingly, with her dynamism and as a leading activist, Kris was also chosen to be a class of 2018 UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals. 

As a young person herself, Kris speaks on the importance and necessity of activating youth voice and shares the many ways she is using the Talk Up Yout platform to not only encourage young people to speak, but others to listen.

Resources 

Access the episode transcript here: https://bit.ly/3qb7XCR

Learn more about Kris and her work: https://www.kristeenamonteith.com/ 

Learn more about Talk Up Yout and Talk Up Radio: https://www.talkupyout.com/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TalkUpYout 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talkupyout/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/talkupyout 

A special mention to Talk Up Radio’s other superstar co-producer, Andrica Rigg! 

Youth and Organizations Mentioned 

Kevaughn Ellis - Inner-city Development Youth Association (IDYA): https://www.instagram.com/innercitydya/ 

Chelsea Wright - Girls Who Know: https://www.instagram.com/girlswhoknowja/ 

Dainalyn Swaby - Global Yaadie: https://www.instagram.com/globalyaadie/ 

Najeeb "Jeeby Lyricist" Spence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2TarEMxFfk 

Not mentioned: 

Isheba Cornwall - Empower Youth Tees: https://www.instagram.com/empower_youth_tees/ 

Content 

Speakers: Kris Monteith and Natalie Alexander 

Host: Amy Smith 

Editor/Producer: Karen Lee 

Images: Kris Monteith 

Graphics, social media designs and transcript: Karen Lee 

Recorded & produced by the UN Library & Archives Geneva 

 

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