Category: Economic Development

Rising inequality affecting more than two-thirds of the globe, but it’s not inevitable: new UN report

World Bank/Sarah Farhat Students attend class at Zanaki primary school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development. But the rise is far from inevitable and can be tackled at a national and international […]

Nearly half a billion people can’t find decent work; unemployment set to rise: new UN labour report

ILO/Marcel Crozet A construction worker builds a cylindrical metal structure in Yangon, Myanmar. Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by […]

UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

UN Photo/Sophia Paris Rescuers search through a United Nations building destroyed by the earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January, 2010. On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, […]

Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world and ‘must be fought by all, for all’

UNDP Ukraine In developing countries, the United Nations Development Programme says that funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance. As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is “essential…to deliver […]

From landlocked to land-linked: how the UN is helping some of the world’s poorest countries

UN Photo/Gill Fickling A panoramic view outside Kathmandu, Nepal. How can the international community turn some of the world’s poorest, landlocked countries, into thriving, land-linked nations? On Thursday, at UN Headquarters, Member States will renew commitments they have made, to lift the 32 countries designated as Landlocked Developing Countries, or LLDCs, out of poverty. The […]