Together Far Apart

Together Far Apart is a new podcast series by the UN Office for the Most Vulnerable States (UN-OHRLLS) about the shared challenges of communities that may be far apart on the globe but are united in their hopes and ambitions for a brighter future.

Each episode whisks the listener to a different island community and explores their particular set of challenges through interviews and analysis but also celebrating their lives through sound and music.

The first season of Together Far Apart focuses on Island Voices; a series of episodes from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which delve into issues ranging from seagrass conservation in Seychelles to renewable energy in Mauritius and culinary heritage in Barbados.

Together Far Apart is available wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.


 

Episode 5: Esmeralda's Story - Seychelles

This episode is narrated by Esmeralda – the oldest Aldabra tortoise in Seychelles.  Thought to be around 170 years old, he (yes, despite the name he is a male) weighs over 304kg (670 pounds) and is considered the world’s biggest free-roaming tortoise. He tells the story of his life living on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, how his species has been taken to the brink of extinction and what is being done in Seychelles to ensure they live on.

Learn more about how the UN works with Seychelles to achieve the country’s development priorities. 

Handles:
@FionaWin
@Seycreative
@iotaseychelles

 

Episode 4: The Sweet Taste of Green Energy - Mauritius

Sugar is King on the island of Mauritius. The development of this island nation has been intimately tied to the sugar industry, which is over 380 years old.

Sugar remains relevant in modern-day Mauritius and is now playing a central role in the fight against climate change. In 2021, Mauritius committed to producing 60 percent of its energy needs from green sources by 2030. The bagasse, which is a byproduct of the sugar cane, is a renewable source of energy that is greenhouse gas neutral.

In this episode of Together Far Apart, business reporter Kamlesh Bhuckory explains how the bagasse is now a game changer in this Indian Ocean Island quest for new sources of clean energy. Government officials and private sector representatives tell us how a favourable pricing policy for the bagasse has served as an incentive to drive investments towards green energy sources. Mauritians also emphasize the connection that exists between slavery and the sugar industry, and the meaning of these new policies for sugar cane planters, farmers and local producers.

Hashtags
#TogetherFarApart
#IslandVoices
#UNOHRLLS
#Mauritius

Accounts/handles
@UNOHRLLS
@KB2803 (Kamlesh Bhuckory)

  • Kamlesh Bhuckory
    Twitter: @KB2803
    Facebook: Kamlesh Bhuckory
    Instagram: kamlesh.bhuckory
     
  • Manisha Dookhony
    Twitter: @dookhony
    Facebook: Manisha Dookhony
    Instagram: Dookhony

 
Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture
Facebook: Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture
 
Terra Mauricia (owner of Terragen)
Facebook: Terra, Terragen
 
Maluti Communications
Instagram: maluticommunications
Facebook: Maluti Communications
Twitter: @MalutiComm

Radio Plus and Defi Media Group
Twitter: defimedia.info
Instagram: defimedia.info and radioplus.mu

Learn more about how the UN works with Mauritius to achieve the country’s development priorities.

Episode 3: Hope Rides a Bike in Santo Domingo

Dominicans who live in the capital Santo Domingo experience urban congestion on a daily basis. This affects their mental health and is bad for the environment. Cars that burn fossil fuels contribute to air pollution and global warming.

Luckily, some local residents are taking matters into their own hands and promoting a change of lifestyle through a simple and affordable means of transport: the bicycle! In this episode of Together Far Apart, Mario Sosa, City Counsellor and a cyclist himself, reflects on the root causes of urban congestion in his city and what can be done about it. The owners of Zona Bici, one of the first bicycle rental companies in Santo Domingo, share their passion for sustainable life choices and what led them to launch their small business. We also hear from a representative of a grassroots collective that promotes biking as a means of transport. Whether you are a cyclist yourself or not, you will zip through this episode in no time and enjoy a glimpse of a city that is gradually shifting to a more sustainable form of transport.

Accounts/handles
@UNOHRLLS
@enmanuelpelaez
@launcastellanos
@GenteBravaRD
@MarioSosaTorres
@SDEnBici
@ArisauraSP
 
Music credits:
Yasser Tejeda
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Yassertejeda
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yassertejeda/
 
Instagram accounts: @unohrlls, @zonabicird @laurabogrt @palizanavarro

Learn more about how the UN works with the Dominican Republic to achieve the country’s development priorities.

 

 

Episode 2: Hungry for Flying Fish - Barbados

Barbados may have something to celebrate when it comes to being the world’s newest republic, but beneath the surface, the country is battling to hold on to its unique culinary heritage in light of the disappearance of the flying fish. This gravity-defying marine species, which is also depicted on the Bajan currency, is threatened by climate change and the impact of cruise boats that anchor near coral reefs. 

In this episode of Together Far Apart, island native Nichole Murray Broome takes us on a journey to better understand how important the flying fish is to Barbados and what local people are doing to bring it back to the sea, and on their plates. Nichole introduces us to a chef, a fish vendor, and a glass-bottom boat owner. Through their colourful stories we learn about a fish that represents much more than a local dish and is the heart and soul of this Caribbean island nation.

Featured in this episode:

Nichole Murray Broome, Presenter
IG: @officialnaturalbajan
Tiktok: @naturallybajan
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/glorycaribbean

Chef Michael Harrison
Instagram: https://instagram.com/chefmichaeloharrison

Chef Adrian Cumberbatch
@cookcaribbeaninc
On Facebook, Instagram and TitTok

Marvin Sobers
https://m.facebook.com/MarvinsMarvelous1/

Music by Sean Apache Carter
@apache246music on Instagram, Facebook, Apple Music and Spotify
https://linktr.ee/apachemusic

Learn more about how the UN works with Barbados to achieve the country’s development priorities.

 

Episode 1: Let’s hear it for seagrass - Seychelles

In this episode we hear from Stacey and Zoe, two Seychelloise business students, who are passionate about climate change and the sustainability of their island nation.

Through their interviews with a policy maker, a marine biologist, and the leader of an environmental conservation organization, we learn about the challenges associated with a more acidic ocean, as well as a promising local solution that is being rolled out: why investing in seagrass can make a big difference. This episode also features a national campaign that successfully engaged young people in the fight against climate change and added a brand new word to the Seychellois Creole dictionary. 

 

Learn more about how the UN works with Seychelles to achieve the country’s development priorities.