News by topic: Economic Development


In Cannes, Ban pitches ad agencies on Global Goals, announces ‘Common Ground’ partnership

24 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on advertising and creative communication professionals to wage “the biggest-ever campaign for humanity” by supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 15-year anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan, adopted by 193 Member States last year.


Latin American labour market policies must be reoriented to address output gaps – UN report

23 June – Countries in the Latin America region should carry out a strategic reorientation of their labour market policies in order to increase productivity and address rising unemployment resulting from an economic slowdown, a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged today.


UN summit jump-starts global drive for responsible business actions on Sustainable Development Goals

22 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today rallied corporate leaders and entrepreneurs gathered for a summit in New York to focus on key areas required to reach a new era of sustainability, including responsible practices, transformative partnerships, breakthrough innovation and targeted investment.


State-owned enterprises must be ‘role model’ in respecting human rights – UN report

17 June – A United Nations expert group today said that State-owned enterprises must lead by example in respecting human rights, noting that Governments often ask private businesses to respect human rights, but forget to mind their own business.


In Russia, Ban spotlights leadership and shared input in advancing global commitments

16 June – Participating in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of translating the various landmark agreements made by the international community during the past year into action as soon as possible.


In Brussels, Ban urges EU Member States to meet development assistance targets

15 June – On the second day of his visit to Brussels, Belgium, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.


New UN study identifies small fish with 'big role' to play feeding Africa's drylands

14 June – Small, fast growing wild fish could be crucial allies in the race to end hunger in some of the world's most chronically poor and underfed regions, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on fisheries in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa.


UN tool will map 'science of cities' as rapid urbanization emerges as force in sustainable development

9 June – With the urban growth boom driving trends that will affect all aspects of sustainable development, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) is set to release today details of a new scientific tool that measures the rate of global urbanization, its characteristics, and the potential effect of urban sprawl on the quality of life for city dwellers.


Benefits of technology and innovation must be shared ‘with those who stand to gain most’ – Ban

6 June – Speaking at the first multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to share their benefits with those who stand to gain most.


Michelle Yeoh and UN development agency enlist panda cubs to help promote Global Goals

1 June – Award-winning movie star Michelle Yeoh and two baby pandas have kicked off the Pandas for the Global Goals campaign, which urges the public to get involved in the fun of naming the cubs, as well as in the serious work of realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last year by the United Nations Member States.