Category: Economic Development

Urgently address ‘defining challenges of our time’, to empower youth worldwide, top UN official tells forum

Young people require “skills, values, jobs and livelihoods that empower them” so they can help forge a more sustainable world, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Monday, kicking off its eighth Annual Youth Forum. President of ECOSOC, Inga Rhonda King (centre), addresses the ECOSOC Youth Forum, 8 April 2019., by UN Photo/Evan […]

‘New tech’ business model threatens decent work conditions, warns UN

  Unemployment is down globally but workers’ conditions have not improved, the UN said on Wednesday, warning that some businesses driven by new technology “threaten to undermine” hard-won social gains of recent decades. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), most of the 3.3 billion people employed worldwide in 2018 did not enjoy adequate levels of economic security, […]

FROM THE FIELD: Rwanda’s Green Villages benefit poorest

An innovative approach to supporting the poorest and most vulnerable in Rwanda, is helping to address environmental problems and achieve ambitious development goals there, according to the UN Development Programme, UNDP. The “Green Village” concept, a Rwandan government initiative which is supported by UNDP, aims to tackle the African country’s growing natural resource challenges – […]

Promoting decent work ‘daily challenge’ in fragile countries, UN Labour Summit told

The Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the United Nations labour agency to provide special assistance to the conflict-torn nation and make it a “pilot-country” for the implementation of a programme to build peace and resilience through job creation. “Creating income- and wealth-generating jobs is essential in order to consolidate peace and reinforce resilience” […]