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‘Digital divide’ will worsen inequalities, without better global cooperation

Inequality will worsen unless the so-called “digital divide” – the gap between under-connected and highly digitalized countries – is not addressed, warns a new report released on Wednesday by the UN trade body, UNCTAD.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: mental health, conflict prevention, Ebola in Uganda, Sudan protests, child labour

This Wednesday’s top stories are: one-in-five conflict-affected people suffer from a mental illness; the Security Council holds a special session on conflict prevention; 5-year-old Congolese boy is first to die from Ebola in Uganda; Sudanese protestors' rights baffled; the decline of foreign investment; and tackling child labour.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: #NoTobacco Day, China’s economy, family farming, #ClimateAction

This Wednesday, we cover: the dangers of smoking for World No Tobacco Day; China’s creative economy; sustainability through family farming, floating cities and #ClimateAction.

News in Brief 4 February 2019

  • Confidence-building measures continue in new Yemen prisoner-swap talks
  • Trade wars unlikely to benefit domestic Chinese/US manufacturing: UN report
  • UN Geneva’s Celestial Sphere set for a moving, sparkling restoration
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Toxic combination of economic woes hangs over global growth: UN expert

“A global economic downturn and a lack of political leadership are a combination that could end very badly for the world’s economy”, a leading UN financial expert has warned.  In an interview with Daniel Johnson of UN News, Richard Kozul-Wright, a globalization expert and Director with the Trade and Development agency UNCTAD, gives his assessment of the “entrenched” economic factors dragging down growth.

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How blockchain technology could help developing countries’ creative sector

With growth of 14 per cent per year in China alone, so-called creative industries could be a “gamechanger” for emerging economies, a new report by  UNCTAD suggests. In an interview with UN News, the agency’s Pamela Coke-Hamilton, explains that these countries need to put sufficient digital safeguards in place to reap the full benefits.

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News in Brief 15 October 2018

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Overseas investment down globally, warns UN trade and development agency UNCTAD

According to a new report by UNCTAD, Foreign direct investment (FDI) has fallen more than 40 per cent in the first half of 2018, compared with the same period last year, with developing economies escaping the worst of the downturn.  Overall, the global financial picture is “gloomy”, James Zhan, UNCTAD Director of Investment and Enterprise, told Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

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Africa migration: good for the continent and ‘good for the world’

Migration in Africa is good for the continent and “good for the world” as a catalyst for job and wealth creation, a UN expert economist said on Thursday.

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Countries are unprepared for the digital economy – but the UN can help

The digital economy is worth a staggering $27 trillion, but most countries are ill-prepared to take advantage of it, the UN’s trade and development agency (UNCTAD) w

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