Economic Development

Youths key to strengthening agricultural sector in Africa – UN agency

Getting more African youths involved in agriculture and investing in the continent’s vulnerable small family farmers will be pivotal to improving nutritional and economic well-being in the years to come, a sensor United Nations official said today, citing water scarcity and conflict as some of the biggest challenges to achieve food security in the region by 2025.

UN agency seeks further funding for Madagascar locust control plan

A locust control programme launched in Madagascar is making progress against an invasion of the voracious insects that is threatening rice and maize crops but requires an additional $17 million for the next two phases, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Global economy improving but greater policy coordination needed, UN reports

The global economy is expected to continue to grow over the next two years, the United Nations today reported, but stronger international policy coordination is needed to steady the remaining fragility in the banking system and geopolitics which could hamper financial stability.

UN and Madagascar launch locust control campaign to avert food crisis

A locust control campaign has been launched by the United Nations and the Government of Madagascar to treat over 2 million hectares of infested areas in a bid to avert a food crisis that could affect some 13 million people in the island nation.

UN agency appeals for urgent funds to control locust plague threatening Madagascar

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today urgently appealed for $22 million to tackle the locust plague that has already infested over half of Madagascar’s cultivated land and pastures and threatens to trigger a severe food crisis in the island nation.

In Mozambique, Ban calls for push to achieve Millennium Development Goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the importance of countries stepping up their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before their 2015 deadline and stressed developing countries like Mozambique have the most to benefit from accelerated action.

FEATURE: The UN General Assembly’s Second Committee – economic and financial issues

Established in 1945, at the end stages of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly serves as the world body's principal policy-making and deliberative organ, providing a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter.

UN provides entrepreneurship training for young people in the Philippines

The United Nations is providing training for young people to become entrepreneurs in the Philippines as a way to reduce poverty and stop the labour force from migrating to other countries.

UN labour chief: world economy should focus more on needs of society

The head of the United Nations labour agency today told a major work forum that the world economy has focussed too much on finance and too little on the needs of society.

Impact of jobs crisis on youth among issues on agenda of UN labour conference

Nearly 5,000 delegates today kicked off a United Nations forum in Geneva focusing on the global jobs crisis and its impact on youth, as well as social protection and rights at work.