development

Top UN official in Mauritania dispels misconceptions over slavery, women’s rights

Supporting Mauritania’s efforts to protect its eastern border from jihadists and other destabilizing elements is just one aspect of the UN’s work in this “quiet” corner of North Africa.

That’s according to UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritania, Anthony Ohemeng-Boamah, who spoke to Dianne Penn about UN assistance there, and the need to “clear the air” over negative reports about slavery and gender equality.

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, Sahel crisis, Iran protests, reconciliation for peace, World Toilet Day

A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UN ‘regret’ over US settlements reversal; Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’;  live ammunition reportedly used against Iranian protesters; reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, promote peace; call for poorest countries to take leading role in their own development agendas; and World Toilet Day.

News in Brief 18 November 2019

  • Negotiating a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East
  • Aid-dependent countries must direct national development priorities
  • UN, African Union make significant joint commitment to global health
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Neither side stands to benefit in US-China trade spat, UN says

The tit-for-tat trade dispute between China and the United States may do little to protect domestic producers in either country and could have “massive” implications on the global economy unless it is resolved, United Nations experts said on Monday.

Toxic combination of economic woes hangs over global growth: UN expert

“A global economic downturn and a lack of political leadership are a combination that could end very badly for the world’s economy”, a leading UN financial expert has warned.  In an interview with Daniel Johnson of UN News, Richard Kozul-Wright, a globalization expert and Director with the Trade and Development agency UNCTAD, gives his assessment of the “entrenched” economic factors dragging down growth.

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News in Brief 06 November 2018

  • Mass graves uncovered in former ISIL-held areas of Iraq
  • Access granted to free child soldiers in South Sudan, says UN Special Representative Gamba
  • China announces human rights progress amid detention camp concerns
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22-year gap in life expectancy between Norway and Niger, new UN development report reveals

There is a 22-year difference in life-expectancy between the people of Norway, and those of the impoverished nation of Niger in Africa, according to new data revealed on Friday in the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI).  Selim Jahan, of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), who directs t he office which compiled the report, spoke to UN News's Fatima E. Mendez.

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‘There is optimism’ for North Korea, but humanitarian funding is urgently needed: UN official

Diplomatic solutions on the Korean Peninsula will hopefully give way to a surge in humanitarian support for the most needy and vulnerable in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in the country, told UN News, on the heels of the historic summit held in June between the Governments of the DPRK and the United States.

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‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa: UN Secretary-General

Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday.

Poverty ‘obvious’ driver of radicalization in Lake Chad region: AU envoy

It is not impossible to address the challenges of the Lake Chad region if local people can find ways to make a sustainable living, said Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, adding that the linkage between poverty and radicalization was “obvious”. Daniel Dickinson asked her how big the development challenges were in the area.

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