Toxic gases from indoor solid-fuel cooking fires put families at risk – UN

Families in the world's poorest countries can contract fatal pulmonary diseases from burning solid fuels that give off toxic gases in their poorly ventilated kitchens, two United Nations agencies said today, estimating the risk to be the equivalent of each resident smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.

UNDP strikes deal to support better governance in Liberia

Hoping to promote transparent and accountable government in Liberia as it recovers from the ravages of a 15-year civil war, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is giving the country’s Governance Reform Commission $500,000 over the next two years.

UN development official calls for expanding credit ratings in Africa to boost investment

A senior United Nations development official today called for greater inclusion of African nations in international financial markets through the continued expansion in the continent of sovereign risk ratings – which place countries on the investor map and allow them access to international capital markets.