Peacebuilding must be rooted in ‘bedrock of inclusive, sustainable development’ — Global Issues

“People’s sense of safety and security is at a low in almost every country, with six in seven worldwide, plagued by feelings of insecurity”, she stated. The world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts since the Second World War she said, with a quarter of humanity live in…

Economic slowdown may force workers into ‘lower quality’ jobs — Global Issues

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), global employment is set to grow by just one per cent in 2023, which is less than half last year’s level. The number of people unemployed around the world is also expected to rise slightly, to 208 million. This corresponds to a global…

Water’s a ‘dealmaker’ for multilateral cooperation and the SDGs — Global Issues

The upcoming summit “will be an occasion to unite the global community to take action and address the broad challenges surrounding water,” said Li Junhua, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and the Secretary-General of the UN 2023 Water Conference, during a press conference at UN Headquarters. He noted that the Conference, taking…

UN report calls for re-thinking social protection as the world ages — Global Issues

The World Social Report 2023 calls for concrete measures to support the greying global population, amidst escalating pension and healthcare costs.  Population ageing is a defining global trend of our time, according to the study, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).   Countries can reap…

Food prices decline in December following ‘two very volatile years’: FAO — Global Issues

The UN agency has published its latest Food Price Index (FFPI) which tracks the monthly international prices of cereals, vegetable oil, dairy, meat and sugar.  The FFPI averaged 132.4 points last month, which is one per cent lower than the previous December.    However, it averaged 143.7 points last year…

Arab region registers world’s highest unemployment rate, UN survey finds — Global Issues

However, the Survey of Economic and Social Developments in the Arab Region, published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) projects post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts to prompt a very slight decrease next year – to 11.7 per cent. Mounting poverty Meanwhile, poverty measured against national lines…

UN chief issues global ‘wake-up call’ on Day of Epidemic Preparedness — Global Issues

“The costs have been catastrophic”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement marking the day. Since the pandemic struck, he pointed out that millions of lives have been lost, as hundreds of millions fallen ill. And economies have been shattered, health systems stretched, and trillions of dollars lost. Moreover, progress…

Step up investment to ensure water and sanitation access for all — Global Issues

Although 45 per cent of countries are on track to achieve drinking water targets by the end of the decade, only a quarter are likely to meet sanitation targets.  The findings come in a report published by WHO and UN-Water, which brings together UN agencies and other organizations working on…

UN Forum tackles ‘digital poverty’ facing 2.7 billion people — Global Issues

“With the right policies in place, digital technology can give an unprecedented boost to sustainable development, particularly for the poorest countries,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a press release. “This calls for more connectivity; and less digital fragmentation. More bridges across digital divides; and fewer barriers. Greater autonomy for ordinary people;…

Ports, shipping need to go green to resist future global crises: UNCTAD — Global Issues

“Ships carry over 80 per cent of the goods traded globally, with the percentage even higher for most developing countries; hence the urgent need to boost resilience to shocks that disrupt supply chains, fuel inflation and affect the poorest the most,” the UN agency said in a new report on maritime transport. Between…