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Global foreign direct investment hit eight-year high in 2015 – new UN report

20 January 2016 – Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows rose by 36 per cent in 2015, reaching their highest levels since the financial crisis, according to a report out today from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which pegged the increase to a wave of cross-border mergers and acquisitions.


Global unemployment projected to rise over next two years, UN labour agency warns

19 January 2016 – Despite falling unemployment in some developed economies, the global jobs crisis is likely to continue for at least the next two years, especially in emerging economies, topping 200 million by 2017, the United Nations labour agency warned today, calling for urgent steps to boost jobs.


UN rights experts welcome Iran prisoner releases, call for freeing of all unlawfully-held detainees

19 January 2016 – United Nations human rights experts today welcomed Iran’s weekend release of four Iranian-Americans in an apparent prisoner swap with the United States, and called on Tehran to pave the way for the freeing of all remaining unlawfully detained prisoners.


Long-term funding crucial to monitoring nuclear agreement with Iran, UN atomic chief warns

19 January 2016 – The head of the United Nations nuclear agency today called for long-term predictable funding to monitor Iran’s agreement with the international community to never seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons.


Counter-terrorism measures threaten remittances sent to Somali diaspora – UN rights experts

18 January 2016 – Expressing concern over the impact on vital remittances from diaspora countries into Somalia caused by “necessary but less considered counter-terrorism regulations,” United Nations rights experts today warned the measures may “severely affect the human rights” of Somali people, while urging regulation-setting governments to guarantee the flow of such funds.


International tourism hits record 1.2 billion in 2015, UN reports

18 January 2016 – International tourism grew by 4.4 per cent last year to a record 1.184 billion as calculated by overnight visitors to international destinations, 50 million more than in 2014, and the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported today.


UN Security Council removes Iranian bank from sanctions list

17 January 2016 – The United Nations Security Council announced today that it has removed Iranian Bank Sepah and its international subsidiary from a sanctions list, following yesterday's announcement of a UN report confirming that Iran has completed necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of a plan of action aiming to resolve the nuclear issue.


UN welcomes report on Iran completing required nuclear measures, calling it 'significant milestone'

16 January 2016 – Following the release of a report confirming that Iran has completed necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of a plan of action aiming to resolve the nuclear issue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the achievement of having reached “Implementation Day.”


Reviving domestic demand key to robust and sustainable growth in Asia-Pacific – UN report

14 January 2016 – Against the backdrop of a global economic slowdown, reinvigorating domestic and intra-regional demand plays a crucial role in reviving economies in Asia and the Pacific, according to a newly released-United Nations report, which also recommends a proactive fiscal policy emphasising productivity and addressing inequalities in the region.


Donor support helps UN agency continue Humanitarian Air Service across Sudan

13 January 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed significant contributions from donors towards the operation in Sudan last year of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), which serves as a vital aid link in the country.