News by topic: Economic Development


Europe, Central Asia 'transitioning' to new nutrition challenges, cautions UN agency

14 March – Warning that new consumption patterns in Europe and Central Asian countries are leading to complex health challenges, the United Nations food security agency today called for policies tailored to the income and nutrition profile of these developed countries to prevent them from “transitioning” to new forms of food and nutrition insecurity.


Americas region adopts 'historic' disaster risk reduction plan at UN-backed forum in Montreal

9 March – Around 50 countries and territories of the Americas at a United Nations-supported conference in Montreal, Canada, agreed a Regional Action Plan today to better protect their citizens from the destruction caused by natural and man-made disasters.


UN calls for support to recovery plan as Haiti loses $2.7 billion in Hurricane Matthew

6 March – The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment that shows the country lost $2.7 billion, or 32 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as a result of Hurricane Matthew six months ago.


At first ‘playable’ UN conference, tech experts, gamers drive new thinking on global development

3 March – Hands-free gardening for a greener future, video gamers using their skills to help achieve the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – these were just a few of the innovative and forward-looking ideas in the spotlight at the world body’s first ever ‘playable’ policy conference, held in the German city of Bonn.


‘Communicating SDGs’ key to achieving global development targets – senior UN official

2 March – Bringing together a diverse array of partners to communicate the Sustainable Development Goals was a key focus on day two of the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, a ‘playable’ United Nations conference under way in Bonn, Germany, that aims to chart new ways of thinking on addressing some of the world’s most complex development challenges.


Innovation imperative to make Global Goals a reality – UN official, on day one of ideas fest

1 March – The first ‘playable’ United Nations conference on sustainable development kicked-off today in Germany’s city of Bonn, aiming to chart a new way of thinking on addressing some of the world’s most complex development challenges.


Sustainable Development Goals critical for better future for all – deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed

28 February – Delivering her first address as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed underlined that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.


With virtual and augmented reality, UN ‘ideas forum’ to explore collaboration on Global Goals

28 February – Policy makers, activists and private sector representatives from over 80 countries will join gaming experts and simulators tomorrow in Bonn, Germany, at the start of the first “playable” sustainable development conference organized by the United Nations and partners.


Next gen, 'lightning' fast global communication network on track for 2020 entry – UN agency

23 February – A working group of the United Nations agency which coordinates telecommunication services throughout the world completed today a cycle of studies on key performance requirements of the next generation mobile networks (5G) for the International Mobile Telecommunications-2020 systems.


Teleworking may seem easier, but it could disrupt your work-life balance – UN reports

15 February – Using smartphones, laptops and other technology to work from home can be a blessing – it does away with rush hour traffic, for example – but it also diminishes personal space and contact with colleagues, according to a new study released today by the United Nations labour agency and a private sector partner, which recommends how to address these work-life disparities.