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State of Our World: Elliott Harris, Marta Roig and Dawn Holland in conversation

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently released two major reports on the global economy and inequality.
Hear the UN Chief Economist Elliott Harris and lead authors Marta Roig and Dawn Holland discuss the solutions to get us back on the right track.

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Rising inequality affecting more than two-thirds of the globe, but it’s not inevitable: new UN report

Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development. But the rise is far from inevitable and can be tackled at a national and international level, says a flagship study released by the UN on Tuesday.

Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’

The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of the 2020 World Economic Situation Report (WESP).

Amidst high trade tensions and policy uncertainty, UN cuts economic growth forecast

Against a backdrop of unresolved trade tensions, high international policy uncertainty and softening business confidence, the UN on Tuesday announced a broad-based slowdown in the global economy and cut its growth predictions. 

UN highlights profound implication of population trends on sustainable development

The United Nations is highlighting the important role that population trends play in promoting sustainable development, during the annual Commission on Population and Development, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.

‘Huge data gaps’ hampering ‘evidence-based’ national migration policies

There are still “huge gaps at country level,” to be overcome in order to develop an effective global migration data programme, said the head of the Demographic and Social Statistics Branch of UN Statistics, on Monday.

News in Brief 21 January 2019

  • UN official says trade report shows eradication of poverty “unlikely”
  • Urgent need for disarmament in current climate
  • UN agency dispels refugees disease-spreading myth
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UN launches guide for countries to improve location-based data management to better inform decision-making

The UN Statistics Division and the World Bank launched  a new guide on Wednesday to help nations worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries, better manage data that contains geographical information – known officially as geospatial data.

Consuming and producing sustainably, a ‘cornerstone’ for reaching 2030 Global Goals, UN Forum stresses

A reckoning on the importance of maximising the world’s resources is taking place across the world, and achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 depends heavily on reeling in our global consumption and production patterns, a key United Nations forum heard on Thursday.

Countries outline progress made in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals at key UN forum

It’s like a mini UN General Assembly for sustainable development.  Starting this week, nearly 50 countries are voluntarily briefing the world about what they’ve done to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, and looking for ideas on what more they could do. 

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