global economy

World Youth Skills Day: Fighting child labour in Cambodia

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has joined forces with the Cambodian Government using the power of education to help end child labour, during the economic slump brought on by COVID-19.

As the world marks World Youth Skills Day, where education is seen as a vital tool of youth empowerment, FAO’s Charlotta Lomas, has this special report.

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News in Brief 30 June 2021

  • Rights expert calls for global 'pandemic protection fund'
  • Tourism braces for $2.4 trillion hit to global economy
  • Migrant worker numbers rise globally by five million: ILO
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News in Brief 21 June 2021

  • Tigray: Bachelet higlights 'serious violations of international law'
  • Human Rights Council urged to support 'new social contract'
  • COVID's rolled back sustainable development across weak economies
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News in Brief 16 June 2021

  • Remittances key for needy families during pandemic
  • DR Congo leaders urged to avoid ethnic hate-speech: UN's Keita
  • Reversing desertification, key to well-being of millions: Guterres
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Turning to sustainable global business: 5 things to know about the circular economy

Due to the ever-increasing demands of the global economy, the resources of the planet are being used up at an alarming rate and waste and pollution are growing fast. The idea of a more sustainable “circular economy” is gaining traction, but what does this concept mean, and can it help save the planet?

Global economic crisis from COVID shows scale of rebuilding

The world will recover from the economic shock of the COVID pandemic, the International Labour Organization (or ILO) said on Wednesday in a new report, but only if poorer nations receive some financial assistance to get back on their feet.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, ILO chief Guy Ryder, explains that unlike the last global financial crisis in 2008-9, that affected mainly wealthier countries, the current downturn has hit developing nations hardest.

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News in Brief 2 June 2021

  • COVID crisis pushing unemployment past 200 million: ILO
  • Staggering health needs emerge in Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Mali coup leaders urged to release president, prime minister
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COVID crisis to push global unemployment over 200 million mark in 2022

The economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic is expected to contribute to global unemployment of more than 200 million people next year, with women and youth workers worst-hit, UN labour experts said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 19 May 2021

  • UNRWA launches $38 million appeal for Palestinians as violence continues
  • Genetically-modified mosquitos, potential anti-malaria asset
  • Global trade back in the back for 1st Quarter of 2021: UNCTAD
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Global trade soars in first quarter, but services still in doldrums

Global trade bounced back to a record high early this year, although service industries are still a shadow of their pre-pandemic selves, UN economists UNCTAD said on Tuesday.