News by topic: Economic Development


UN Assembly adopts resolution proclaiming Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa

25 July – Underlining the need for the sustainable industrialization of Africa, the United Nations General Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming the period 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa.


UN body agrees framework to make globalization and trade work for billions across global south

22 July – The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today wrapped up its fourteenth quadrennial conference, with delegations in Nairobi, Kenya reaching agreement on a framework that will guide the body's work over the next four years, largely focused on ensuring broad achievement of the new UN Sustainable Development Agenda.


Partnerships and coherence vital to development cooperation, UN deputy chief tells Forum

21 July – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the importance of partnerships and coherent policy and action in tackling global challenges, including inequalities, conflicts, terrorism and climate change, and achieving the new international development goals.


UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

19 July – Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together.


Ban welcomes African Union’s fund for peace and security operations on the continent

19 July – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a decision by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) that sets out steps towards self-reliance, particularly in relation to the regional body’s peace and security budget.


UN: Strong donor support for Lebanon positively impacts food, children and infrastructure

18 July – High donor commitments continued to help Lebanon in mitigating the impact of the Syrian crisis by bolstering food assistance, education, water and sanitation, according to a United Nations mid-year update on donor support to the country.


UN officials spotlight need to move from commitments to results on Global Goals

18 July – Every country must accelerate the implementation pace of the 'ambitious and transformative' development agenda adopted by United Nations Member States nearly one year ago, by boosting efforts to overcome persistent challenges, new obstacles and unforeseen setbacks in today's turbulent world, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today declared.


Increasing number of labour provisions in trade agreements don't hamper business: UN study

18 July – Trade-related labour provisions, such as ones that address labour relations or minimum working conditions for employees, do not harm business or make trade provisions less popular, according to a study released today by the United Nations labour agency.


In Kenya, Ban calls for broader partnerships, sustainable investments to drive global development

17 July – At a United Nations intergovernmental forum opening in Nairobi, Kenya, today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged participants to focus on strong collaboration, equality and inclusion in trade, finance and investment in order to better align action with agreed-upon sustainable development targets and help restore trust in the global economy.


UN agency urges implementation of accord to tackle illegal fishing

12 July – An international agreement aimed at tackling illegal fishing “marks the dawn of a new era,” but rapid action is needed to ensure that its implementation is effective, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.