trade and development

Migrant countries should do more to sustain livelihoods in source nations: UNCTAD

Migration “is a force for good” for host nations, but Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, tells UN News what Ethiopia and Rwanda have done to offer migrants economic opportunities closer to home. The UNCTAD chief also reflects on the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whom he describes as an inspiration for his moral leadership.

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News in Brief 26 September 2018

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Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries

The hydraulic extraction of natural gas — or "fracking" — produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it’s not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, says a new UNCTAD report, which describes natural gas as a “bridge fuel” for States aiming to move to renewable energy sources. Janvier Nkurunziza, UNCTAD’s Chief of Commodity Research and Analysis, talked to Daniel Johnson about the report’s findings.

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News in Brief 15 May 2018

  • Gaza’s medical staff ‘struggling to cope with influx of wounded’
  • Call for restraint amid escalating violence against civilians in Myanmar
  • ‘Frontier technologies’ hold promise to end poverty, claims UNCTAD
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‘Gender-sensitive’ trade policies help empower East African women

Trade and employment laws which give women greater access to the economy across East Africa, can pave the way for more inclusive development and prosperity, according to a new report from the United Nations trade body.