Economic development

New President of top UN economic and social body to push for development financing, fundamental freedoms ‘for all’

In her inaugural speech as President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Mona Juul, of Norway, underscored that the body’s mandate today remains “as relevant and compelling” as it did back in 1945 when it was tasked with “fostering international cooperation on economic, social, and cultural issues”.

Asia-Pacific ‘regional parliament’ underway to advance equality, empowerment, for more than four billion citizens

The top United Nations body in the Asia-Pacific region opened its annual session this week, calling for greater empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized groups if the region is to achieve the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and fulfill its promise to leave no one behind.

‘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.

Upswing in global growth won’t last forever; IMF says world must prepare now for leaner times ahead

While the world economy continues to show broad-based momentum, a new report released Tuesday by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is warning that there may be choppy seas ahead, caused by increasing protectionism or tit-for-tat trade wars.

Ban urges financing Africa's 'engines of development' to realize continent's potential

In his message on Africa Industrialization Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on African countries to adopt policies that encourage growth of the private sector and foster entrepreneurship in order to advance economic competitiveness and prosperity in the continent.

On margin of G20 Summit, UN chief meets with world leaders to discuss pressing issues

On the margins of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with senior European officials as well as Turkey's Prime Minister to discuss the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the Ebola outbreak, climate change, and combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

G-20 countries have political responsibility to tackle world's greatest challenges Ban

With the planet and its people facing serious security, developmental and environmental challenges, G-20 countries possess not only the political power to set us on a better course, but a political responsibility to do so, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Brisbane, Australia.

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 agency reports jump in foreign investment in developing, transition economies

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today reported that foreign investment in developing and transition economies rose to $745 billion in the first half of 2013, up some 4 per cent over the same period last year.

With major expansion, UN now has world’s largest collection of trademark records

The United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has made it easier for anyone, anywhere to search for information on trademarks and brand-related information, thanks to a major expansion of its public database.