General News

Overcoming the natural resource curse

Historically, countries that are rich in mineral and commodity resources, like oil, copper or coffee, for example, have had lower rates of growth compared to nations which don’t enjoy those advantages.

It’s a phenomenon dubbed the “natural resource curse.”

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There is concern about use of internships in developed countries: ILO

Internships give young people a chance to gain work experience and find a job.

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Abolition of slave trade observed on 23 August

Every year on the 23rd of August, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

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UN Deputy chief stresses importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts

Jan Eliasson, the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, always carries the Charter of the United Nations in his pocket.

The veteran Swedish diplomat says his favourite parts of the Charter are two chapters.

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South Sudan assisted by IOM and Japan to manage borders

The new nation of South Sudan is getting assistance to better manage its borders.

This week the government of Japan signed an agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for a $5.4 million project.

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The UN says investing in women in Cambodia is smart economics

Investing in women’s entrepreneurial leadership and the empowerment of women is smart economics says the head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (

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Efforts continue to control Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

Efforts are continuing to control the outbreak of Ebola in a remote area in the north-eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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South Sudan and UN agree to transform police

One of the challenges that the newly independent nation of South Sudan is facing is building an efficient police force.

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WMO calls for stronger national drought policies

Because of climate change, the frequency, intensity and duration of droughts are expected to increase, according to the World Meteorological Organization, (WMO.

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Making labour migration safer for Laotian workers

Relocating to a foreign country can offer many opportunities, but without job skills and good connections, migrants run the risk of being exploited.

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