News by topic: Economic Development


UN expo to highlight vital role of South-South cooperation in achieving Global Goals

24 November – A United Nations expo next week in Turkey is set to highlight the critical role of South-South cooperation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in light of the vast array of knowledge, skills, expertise and resources that is, and can further be, shared among developing countries.


At UN, over $2 billion pledged to help hurricane-affected Caribbean nations ‘build back better’

22 November – The international community mobilized over $1.3 billion in pledges and more than $1 billion in loans and debt relief to help Caribbean nations recover from the strong hurricanes that pummelled the region a few months ago, during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday.


‘New and better deal’ needed for climate resilience in Caribbean, UN chief tells donor conference

21 November – Caribbean countries need “a new and better deal” – one that includes access to concessional finance and adequate insurance – if they are to build climate resilience, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday at an international conference to mobilize support for the reconstruction of communities devastated by a series of powerful hurricanes.


Lack of quality opportunities stalling young people's quest for decent work – UN report

21 November – Overall economic growth remains disconnected from employment generation, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned, noting that young people continue to suffer from persistent unemployment and lack of quality job opportunities.


Branding and other intangibles account for 30 per cent of product value – UN report

20 November – Intangible capital, such as branding, design and technology, is increasingly determining success in the marketplace, as nearly one third of the value of manufactured products comes from such capital, a study conducted by the United Nations intellectual property agency has revealed.


UN chief stresses 'mutually supportive' nature of Africa's free trade and industrialization

20 November – Africa's industrial development and proposed continental free trade would complement each other, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday, marking the UN-proclaimed day for Africa's industrialization.


UN to spotlight synergies and trade-offs on Global Goals in the Arab region

17 November – Interactions between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be a core focus of a regional meeting organized by the United Nations office in Beirut, Lebanon on Monday, 20 November.


In Manila, UN chief tells South-east Asian summit cooperation is vital to address shared challenges

13 November – Addressing the ninth Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United Nations Summit in Manila, the Philippines, Secretary-General António Guterres called for collective global and regional action to combat the challenges facing the world, in particular, those related to climate change.


Global food import bill rising despite robust output in 2017 – UN

9 November – The cost of importing food is rising in 2017, driven by increased international demand for most food stuffs, as well as higher freight charges, the United Nations agriculture agency said Thursday.


UN agriculture agency launches handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector

8 November – The United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador launched Wednesday a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value – to promote healthier and safer work conditions.