Joblessness plagues better educated youth in Latin America – UN report

Even though young people aged 15 to 29 in the so-called Mercosur countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay are better educated than ever before they are more likely to be unemployed, while a Latin American youth is 30 times more likely to be murdered than one in Europe, according to a United Nations report released today.

Former Costa Rican vice-president chosen to fill senior UN post

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of former Costa Rican Vice-President Rebeca Grynspan to be second-in-command at the United Nations agency tasked with providing countries with the knowledge, experience and resources that aid economic growth.

New policy centre and trust fund in Seoul mark shift in UN-Korean relations

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Republic of Korea signed plans today for a new policy centre and trust fund, marking a shift in their 40-year partnership to reflect the country’s status as an emerging donor to development.

UN must help poor nations meet looming development, climate deadlines – official

The United Nations development system must quickly build the capacity of national partners to meet the multiple challenges facing them, from achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to fighting climate change, as a host of deadlines loom on these issues, a top UN official said today.

UN urges donors to boost aid to poor countries despite economic crisis

Facing possible shortfalls in funding due to the global economic crisis, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on donors to “continue, and ideally boost, their current commitments” to help the agency pull the world’s developing countries out of poverty.

UN-backed scheme boosts income, nutrition of poor Ecuadorian farmers

Poor families in central Ecuador have received a boost in their income and food security thanks to an innovative initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in which they farm guinea pigs, a centuries-old delicacy for the people of the Andes.

Top UN official surveys UN-supported voter registration in DR Congo

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) continued her inaugural visit to Africa with a stop at a voter registration centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a meeting with the country’s leader, the agency said today.

Continuing African tour, UN development chief heads to DR Congo

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with connecting developing countries to the knowledge, experience and resources to build a stronger nation travelled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today on the latest leg of her African tour.

Top UN official calls for development ‘new deal’

The current global economic crisis – the deepest in decades – has underscored the need for a “new deal” for development that addresses both climate change and poverty, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today.

UN’s new development chief aims to cut poverty despite crises

The new administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) vowed today to sharpen her agency’s focus on cutting poverty despite the multiple crises currently facing the world.