COVID-19 likely to shrink global GDP by almost one per cent in 2020

1 mes 4 semanas ago

Bold and urgent policy measures needed to protect the most vulnerable and promote sustainability The global economy could shrink by almost one percent this year—0.9 percent—due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and world output could contract further if imposed restrictions on economic activities extend to the third quarter of the year and if fiscal responses fail… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

New UN DESA portal launched on response to COVID-19

2 meses ago

The COVID-19 pandemic is on track to become one of the most earth-shattering and disruptive health disasters in the history of humankind, causing grave illness and death to millions of people and exerting a heavy toll on the global economy. To showcase the department’s response to this global health crisis, UN DESA has launched a… Read more ›
Predrag Vasic

Turn around deforestation in 2020, the ‘Nature Super Year’, says Guterres

2 meses 1 semana ago

On the International Day of Forests, which falls on Saturday, UN chief António Guterres is calling for 2020, which has been referred to as a “nature super year”, to be the year that the world turns the tide on deforestation and forestry loss. This year’s International Day highlights the connections between forests and biodiversity, following… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Together, we will help the world rise stronger

2 meses 1 semana ago

As the COVID-19 pandemic carves its dark entry into the history of humankind, causing serious illness and death, and upending daily life as we know it, UN DESA is supporting the world to contain the calamity and emerge from it more resilient and united. “UN DESA stands in solidarity with the World Health Organization and… Read more ›
Helen Daun Rosengren

COVID-19: UN ‘remains open for business’, determined to deliver for the people we serve, says UN chief

2 meses 2 semanas ago

In light of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the UN has stepped up measures to safeguard staff and all those using its offices around the world, while at the same time ensuring that the critical work of the Organization continues to deliver on key mandates, and provide lifesaving support to those in need. In… Read more ›
Predrag Vasic

Forests – a lifeline for people and planet

2 meses 2 semanas ago

We all rely on forests. They generate the oxygen we breathe, provide water to quench our thirst and livelihoods to some 1.6 billion people worldwide. They play a critical role for a healthy climate, and ultimately, for our survival. Yet, they continue to be under threat. Ahead of this year’s International Day of Forests, we… Read more ›
Predrag Vasic

Are you #GenerationEquality?

2 meses 3 semanas ago

Imagine a world where all people have equal rights and opportunities. Women and girls are not afraid of walking home late at night, and men and boys are not trapped in oppressive masculinities. In this world, gender equality is the norm. Men and women get paid equally for work of equal value and share the… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Turning the tide to safeguard ocean life

2 meses 3 semanas ago

Humans depend on nature—including the ocean—for all of our needs: from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the energy we use. However, unsustainable human activities and overexploitation of the species and natural resources that make up the habitats and ecosystems of all wildlife are imperiling the world’s biodiversity. Ensuring healthy marine… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

When everyone is counted, everyone counts

2 meses 4 semanas ago

Since ancient times, governments around the world have counted their populations. By counting everyone, communities can determine the needs of their people; where to build homes, schools, hospitals and where to invest in food supply, jobs and transportation. In this way, societies can progress. During the 2020 round of censuses, the majority of countries carry… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

More countries could leave the ‘least developed’ category, but better support needed

3 meses 1 semana ago

Five Asian countries – Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor-Leste – could be leaving the least developed countries (LDC) category as soon as 2024, joining Angola, Bhutan, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands and Sao Tome and Principe, which are already set to graduate in the coming years. At its annual plenary meeting, from… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Urbanization: expanding opportunities, but deeper divides

3 meses 1 semana ago

Whether the process of urbanization is harnessed and managed, or allowed to fuel growing divides, will largely determine the future of inequality, says UN DESA’s World Social Report 2020. For the first time in history, more people now live in urban than in rural areas. And over the next three decades, global population growth is… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid

Working together to end homelessness

3 meses 2 semanas ago

“We want everyone to be involved and make change happen!” says Amine Lamrabat, Information Officer in UN DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development. Ahead of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) this month, which for the first time in its history will address homelessness, he shares how we can all work together to end homelessness… Read more ›
Fatima Elmjid
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