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New ECOSOC President aims to maximize ‘reach, relevance and impact’

23. Juli 2021 - 19:05
The role of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in promoting development has become “even more critical” as a way of guiding and informing the COVID-19 pandemic response worldwide, Collen Vixen Kelapile said on Friday, speaking for the first time as the UN body’s president. 
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Liverpool’s historic waterfront removed from World Heritage List

21. Juli 2021 - 16:06
Historic docklands and buildings in the UK city of Liverpool have been removed from the UN cultural body UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, it announced on Wednesday.
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Fewer women than men will regain work during COVID-19 recovery: ILO 

19. Juli 2021 - 17:56
Fewer women will regain jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic during the recovery period, than men, according to a new study released on Monday by the UN’s labour agency.  
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‘Deeply negative impact’ of COVID pandemic, reverses SDG progress

16. Juli 2021 - 0:06
Closing a key international development forum on Thursday, the deputy UN chief observed that a year of “immense challenges” has reversed progress on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
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Sustainable development report shows devastating impact of COVID, ahead of ‘critical’ new phase

6. Juli 2021 - 20:15
The world was not on track to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before COVID-19 struck, and now the challenge has been magnified many times over, according to a new flagship UN report that indicates countries must take ‘critical’ steps on the road out of the pandemic, during the next 18 months.
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First Person: ‘Syrians still have ambition and hope’

3. Juli 2021 - 6:40
As a witness to the impacts of Syria’s internal conflict over the last decade, Bassel Al-Madani, a young engineer and former volunteer with the UN, was inspired to set up Entrepioneers 2030, a group that rallies youth to get involved in shaping the future of their country. 
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Turning crisis into opportunity: World leaders meet at UN to help drive pandemic recovery

2. Juli 2021 - 6:30
Leading figures from government, business and civil society are preparing to take part in this year’s High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), where they will discuss ways to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and turn the deadly crisis into an opportunity for a major shift towards a more sustainable global economy.
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COVID-19 impact on tourism could deal $4 trillion blow to global economy: UN report

30. Juni 2021 - 7:10
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism could result in a more than $4 trillion loss to the global economy, UN trade and development body UNCTAD said on Wednesday in a report issued jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). 
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Small businesses unprepared for pandemic-sized climate shock ‘every decade’

23. Juni 2021 - 16:33
  Small businesses which make up more than half of the global workforce were 2.5 times more likely to go under than larger firms in the first months of COVID-19, the International Trade Centre (ITC) said on Wednesday, warning that the impact of climate change could cause pandemic-scale disruption “every decade”.
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Pandemic ‘rolled back’ sustainable development funding for weak economies: UNCTAD

21. Juni 2021 - 18:01
Financial assistance to the world’s 83 weakest economies fell by 15 per cent in 2020, to $35 billion as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on Monday.
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Sustainability solution or climate calamity? The dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology

20. Juni 2021 - 6:20
The negative environmental impact of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has been widely covered in the press in recent weeks and months, and their volatility has also been flagged as a cause for concern. Nevertheless, the UN believes that blockchain, the technology lying behind these online currencies, could be of great benefit to those fighting the climate crisis, and help bring about a more sustainable global economy.
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UN chief urges debt relief extension for middle-income countries

17. Juni 2021 - 18:54
Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday. 
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Domestic workers among hardest hit by COVID crisis, says UN labour agency

15. Juni 2021 - 15:26
Domestic workers globally have been among the hardest hit by the COVID crisis, losing more jobs and working hours than other sectors, the UN labour agency ILO said on Tuesday.
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Turning to sustainable global business: 5 things to know about the circular economy

13. Juni 2021 - 6:35
Due to the ever-increasing demands of the global economy, the resources of the planet are being used up at an alarming rate and waste and pollution are growing fast. The idea of a more sustainable “circular economy” is gaining traction, but what does this concept mean, and can it help save the planet?
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First Person: Raising a glass to ‘Mama Cheers’

6. Juni 2021 - 4:15
A Ugandan woman entrepreneur who was left with just a wheelbarrow and a red dress, when a business partner ran off with all her money has been recognized with an award by the UN trade agency (UNCTAD) after she grew her company into a nationwide enterprise with five million customers.
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COVID crisis to push global unemployment over 200 million mark in 2022

2. Juni 2021 - 16:20
The economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic is expected to contribute to global unemployment of more than 200 million people next year, with women and youth workers worst-hit, UN labour experts said on Wednesday.
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Amidst COVID surge, Asia-Pacific region needs ‘immediate and stronger support’ 

1. Juni 2021 - 22:25
With the coronavirus still raging in many parts of the world, the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, warned on Tuesday of vaccine shortages, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, and urged “immediate and stronger support” for the global COVAX initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, “including for refugees and asylum-seekers”. 
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First Person: Learning a recipe for freedom in Nigeria

31. Mai 2021 - 14:00
When Nigerian Blessing Ojukwu became pregnant after she was raped, her family disowned her. She was forced to live with her abuser, who continued to attack her. Now, a UN-backed initiative is giving her, and others in similar situations, a chance to become financially independent, and start new lives. 
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Use Africa’s rich heritage as ‘catalyst’ for transformation, urges Guterres 

26. Mai 2021 - 22:08
A call to use Africa’s rich cultural and natural heritage as a catalyst for growth and transformation is “the right appeal at the right time”, the UN chief told a three-day forum on the continent’s future held online on Wednesday. 
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Share gains from extracting precious raw materials more equitably, guard against pitfalls, cautions Guterres

25. Mai 2021 - 17:52
Extracting minerals, metals and other valuable raw materials from the earth, represents a “crucial juncture” between resources, ecosystems and people, all of which have an essential role to play in advancing sustainability and equity, the UN chief said on Tuesday. 
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