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Amid fears of worst recession in decades, urgent calls for solidarity, a united economic front

With multilateral cooperation under strain, senior UN officials, Nobel laureates and eminent academic experts, gathered virtually on Wednesday for the launch of a new report recommending “an adjusted approach” to economic development, and a policy dialogue exploring how countries can recover from COVID-19, in ways that lead to real structural transformation.


Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

Secretary-General Participates in Global Launch of MDG Progress Report, 637238The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history and will serve as the jumping-off point for the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted this year, according to the final MDG report launched today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 found Continue reading

14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will take place from 20 April to 1 May in New York. More than 1,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world are expected to take part in the two-week session.The opening session is on Monday, 20 April at 11:00 hrs in the General Assembly with a traditional welcome ceremony.  The Deputy Secretary-General will be in attendance along with the President of the General Assembly, the Vice President of ECOSOC and the Under-Secretary-General for DESA. Continue reading

World Population Day

As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment. Continue reading

DESA Report: World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014

The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014 reports that the global economy is improving but remains vulnerable to new and old headwinds. Global economic growth is forecast to accelerate from a sluggish 2.1 per cent in 2013 to 3.0 per cent in 2014 and 3.3 per cent in 2015. The report warns of the risks associated with the upcoming unwinding of quantitative easing programs in major developed economies.

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World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014

Global economic growth should increase over the next two years with continuing signs of improvement, according to the United Nations Report World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014.

The global economy is expected to grow at a pace of 3.0 per cent in 2014 and 3.3 per cent in 2015, compared with an estimated growth of 2.1 per cent for 2013. Continue reading

232 million international migrants living abroad worldwide

Bela Hovy, Chief of the Migration Section, Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), addresses a press conference on the latest international migration statistics from his office. The new figures show that 232 million people, or 3.2 per cent of the world’s population, live abroad worldwide, compared with 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990. 11 September 2013 United Nations, New York Photo # 560568There are as many international migrants born in the South living in other countries in the South as in countries in the North, reflecting changing patterns of Asian migration, but globally the United States remains the most popular destination, according to new data presented by the United Nations today. Continue reading