poverty reduction

Arrested development and poverty take a $57 billion economic toll in Palestine

Following Israeli closures, restrictions and military operations, the West Bank has suffered two decades of arrested development and poverty, according to a report published on Wednesday by the UN trade and development body, UNCTAD.

‘New dynamic’ needed to overcome negative impacts of COVID-19 worldwide 

The dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, have laid bare “weaknesses in our systems and societies”, a top official told the UN’s key international forum on sustainable development which began on Tuesday, warning that “a new dynamic” is needed to overcome the negative shocks. 

News in Brief 7 July 2020

  • New evidence of likely war crimes in Syria
  • DR Congo villagers flee violence to Uganda
  • Expert concerned over 'greatly exaggerated' poverty eradication figures
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Saudi women’s access to workforce a “human rights issue”

Barriers to women’s full workplace participation persist in Saudi Arabia, despite UN data showing that economic growth improves with a more diverse workforce.

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