Category: Economic Development

Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries

  The hydraulic extraction of natural gas, commonly known as fracking, produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it is not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, UN development experts said on Thursday. A new report by UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, describes natural gas as a […]

UN development official urges greater international support for Zimbabwe

  With a new administration in place and plans to hold free and fair general elections later this year, authorities in Zimbabwe are hoping to see greater international investment in their country, according to the top United Nations official there. Bishow Parajuli, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said […]

New health board aims to break ‘cycle of panic and neglect’ on pandemics

  A group of international experts has been tasked with helping the planet to better prepare for outbreaks, pandemics and other emergencies that have an impact on health. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) brings together political leaders, heads of United Nations agencies and health experts to strengthen global health security through stringent independent monitoring […]

Economic growth ‘exceeds expectations’ but trade tensions are rising: UN report

UNCTAD/Adam Kane | Tanzania has experienced high economic growth rates but inequality especially among women has remained highGlobal economic growth is exceeding expectations this year but heightened geopolitical tension and uncertainty over international trade could thwart progress, according to a new United Nations report. The global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is due to expand by more than 3 per […]

Jobs in the green economy will ‘more than offset’ losses in traditional industry by 2030 – UN labour agency

Action to combat climate change could create millions of new job opportunities and “more than” offset losses in traditional industries, the UN labour agency said on Monday. The International Labour Organization (ILO) made the announcement at the launch of its annual flagship report on the state of the global job market. Its forecast that 24 million new […]