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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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