Economic Development

With hidden lives vital to our own, 'seafarers matter,' says UN on International Day

Highlighting the challenges faced by seafarers – women and men sailing and working aboard ships – the United Nations International Maritime Organization has called on everyone around the world to show appreciation for their vital contributions.

Country-level action 'new frontier' for tackling soil pollution – UN agriculture agency

Nitrogen and metals, like lead and mercury, can strain farmable land by polluting soil, and damaging plants, and ultimately, posing risks to food security, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.

Rising shipping costs set to lift global food import bill to more than $1.3 trillion – UN agency

Despite balanced global food commodity markets, shipping costs and import volumes will lift worldwide import costs to over $1.3 trillion this year, according to the latest report from the United Nations agriculture agency.