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News in Brief 12 April 2023

  • Lost decade looms for debt-ridden developing countries: UNCTAD
  • UN rights chief appoints expert on Haiti
  • Inspections resume at Black Sea Grain Initiative Joint Coordination Centre
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News in Brief 4 October 2021

  • Climate change message of solidarity, as UN chief addresses UNCTAD15
  • Libya: War crimes likely committed since 2016, UN probe finds
  • Yemen: Children killed in Marib city flare-up
UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) meets Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados.
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In Barbados, Guterres highlights power of ‘youth voices’ ahead of key trade and development conference

The UN Secretary-General on Sunday said he was committed to ensuring that the Organisation is a place where “youth voices are heard, and their ideas lead”, as he spent the day in Barbados which tomorrow hosts a major UN conference on trade and development, focused on the need to build a global green economy and recover equitably from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism in Zanzibar's  Stone Town has come to a standstill.
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‘Rapid deterioration’ in global investment flows as Coronavirus spreads: UN trade body

Foreign direct investment flows are liable to drop by 30 to 40 per cent during 2020, into next year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting a far more severe economic blow that initially projected, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Thursday in its latest Investment Trends Monitor report.


New agreement aims to streamline global trade

A new global agreement that makes trade cheaper, easier and faster has been welcomed by the UN trade body, UNCTAD.

The Trade Facilitation Agreement could reduce costs by as much as 23 per cent, resulting in export gains of between US$750 billion and US$1trillion.

The deal, which came into force on Wednesday, aims to streamline procedures that will increase international trade, reduce corruption and boost development.