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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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News In Brief 05 February 2018

  • Further proof of chemical weapons use in Syria should be met with “meaningful response”: UN Disarmament Affairs chief
  • “Human cost” of prolonged crisis in Libya highlighted in $313 million appeal
  • World’s poorest countries need faster growth to reach SDGs: UNCTAD
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Poorer states look to power ahead through innovation

Energy is key to global development but the world’s poorest nations fare up to six times worse than their more industrialised counterparts when it comes to accessing the vital resource, the UN warned on Wednesday.

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News in Brief 17 November 2017 - Geneva (AM)

Famine may be happening “right now” in Yemen, warns UN aid agency

Famine may be happening “right now” in Yemen, the UN said on Friday, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels there enters its 12th day.

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