News by topic: Economic Development

Afghanistan: Improving means of resolving water-rights disputes key to economic growth, avoiding conflict – new UN report

23 October – The demand for water to support agricultural development in conflict-plagued Afghanistan often results in high-stakes water-right disputes, according to a new United Nations report release today, which underscores the need for more effective and transparent means of resolving the differences.

UN report reveals stark gap between urban and rural employment in Latin America and the Caribbean

20 October – A new United Nations labour report has revealed that more than half of the 52 million workers in rural areas of the Latin American and Caribbean region are in a state of vulnerable employment, characterized by lower wages, lower social protections and the prevalence to poverty.

UN, African Union partnership to foster job opportunities for African rural youth

19 October – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has partnered with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to generate job and business opportunities for young people in rural Benin, Cameroon, Malawi, and Niger, thanks to a $4 million grant from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund.

INTERVIEW: 'If we don’t act now, the future will not be in our hands' – UN rural development agency chief

17 October – As the world marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, one man who has spent many years working to end poverty among the world’s poorest populations is calling for action now, by investing more in the rural poor.

Eradicating 'all forms' of poverty means ending humiliation and exclusion people living in poverty face – UN

17 October – Poverty is both a cause and consequence of marginalization and social exclusion, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing that to fulfil the promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind, “we must address the humiliation and exclusion of people living in poverty.”

HABITAT III: 'Take strong ownership' of vital new agenda to create cities of the future, Ban urges world's mayors

16 October – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Mayors across the world to “take strong ownership” of a new global agenda for sustainable development in the towns and cities they represent.

Rising inequality, precarious jobs threaten progress in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – UN

12 October – One third of the Eastern European and Central Asian workforce performs precarious jobs that include informal and vulnerable jobs, while approximately $65 billion in illicit cash leaves the region annually, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Opening ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Ban highlights importance of partnerships with and for the continent

10 October – Noting the socio-economic progress made by African countries and their centrality in major sustainable development discourses, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for continued support to the continent, particularly for strengthening good governance and for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ban announces launch of new partnership platform to support financing for Sustainable Development Goals

10 October – Announcing the launch today of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the initiative can help in identifying and piloting innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support well thought-out SDG interventions.

New UN manual gives more say to indigenous peoples in development projects that affect them

10 October – The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled a new manual that seeks to ensure that indigenous peoples, custodians of more than 80 per cent of global biodiversity, are able to freely give or deny their consent in development interventions that affect their natural resources or their way of life.