News by topic: Economic Development


UN forum aims to ensure 'promises made are promises kept' on financing for development

22 May – Promises made for financing the implementation of sustainable development goals must be promises kept, speakers said today at the opening of a United Nations forum.


Peru: UN agency supports recovery of some 7,000 farmers from El Niño floods, landslides

19 May – In the wake of the heavy rains, floods and landslides that hit Peru earlier this year, the United Nations agriculture agency said today that it is working with the Government to assist some 7,000 mostly small-scale farmers to restore their capacity to produce crops and feed their families.


UN agency micro-loan helps Palestine refugee’s small business thrive amid rubble of Syrian war

19 May – Hidden literally under the rubble of the Syrian war is the economic success story of a widow who, refusing to submit to despair, founded a thriving micro-enterprise venture with assistance from a United Nations agency loan.


Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world's development challenges

17 May – From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood, the latest technological advances are converging to make the “unthinkable happen,” said global innovators and heads of tech companies invited to the United Nations today to discuss how to emerging technologies can boost achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Big data can have a 'big impact' on achievement of Global Goals, UN says on IT Day

17 May – Mastering and measuring 'big data' – to map poverty from space or use mobile phones to track food security – could boost evidence-based decision-making at local and global levels and drive the implementation of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations telecommunications agency said today.


Anaemic economic growth in some regions hampers progress on Global Goals, UN report finds

16 May – Over the last six months, global economic progress has predictably picked up, but low-level growth in some regions has tempered efforts to meet globally agreed development goals, according to a new United Nations report launched today in New York.


Annual UN Asia-Pacific policy forum session spotlights poverty eradication, sustainable energy

15 May – Asian and Pacific countries are discussing economic cooperation and integration this week at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, whose annual session focuses on how regional countries can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


At China's Belt and Road Forum, UN chief Guterres stresses shared development goals

14 May – Speaking at a major international conference in Beijing, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today drew comparisons between China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals, saying both are rooted in a shared vision for global development.


'World's most powerful job creators,' small enterprises vital to achieving Global Goals – UN official

11 May – By leveraging their ingenuity and creativity to harness new market opportunities, micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises can lead the way towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a senior United Nations official said today in remarks to a high-level meeting on the issue.


UN agriculture agency and World Bank reinforce partnership to end hunger and poverty

11 May – The United Nations agriculture agency and the World Bank have opened a new chapter in their longstanding partnership by further strengthening their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels.