United Nations Secretary-General launches plan to address the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of COVID-19

Establishes global fund to support low- and middle-income countries NEW YORK, 31 MARCH 2020—The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is attacking societies at their core,claiming lives and people’s livelihoods. The potential longer-term effects on the global economy and those of individual countries are dire.In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts […]

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Rural Latin American and Caribbean areas need targeted agricultural policies, investments – UN

30 September 2016 – Economic growth is not enough to eliminate poverty in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, and governments need targeted policies and investments for agricultural development and correct historic inequality experienced by millions of people across the region, says a United Nations report released today. “With the region’s poorest people […]

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Secretary-General’s remarks at the African Union Summit 2020

Your Excellency Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa,  President of South Africa and  Chairperson of the African Union, Your Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki  Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU  Commission, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I congratulate incoming chairperson, President Ramaphosa, and I commend President Al-Sisi for his service as chairperson over the past year for the achievemtns for the African Union The United […]

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We Must Move Towards a New Vision of Development that is More Innovative, Diversified and Inclusive: ECLAC

2 March 2020 – The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, urged the region’s countries to think about development in a different way to move towards a more innovative, diversified and inclusive vision, during a high-level event held today in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ECLAC’s highest authority […]

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Ensuring a credible and peaceful election is central to Guyana’s future development – UN Resident Coordinator

27 February 2020 – Guyana has a unique opportunity to establish a more prosperous and sustainable development path for all its citizens. Ensuring a credible and peaceful election is central to the country’s future development. This is the time for all stakeholders to demonstrate commitment to democratic principles, processes and institutions and not lose sight of the […]

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World Economic Situation, Prospects – Key messages

Amid prolonged trade dispute and wide‐ranging policy uncertainties, the world economy has suffered a significant and broad‐based deterioration, threatening setbacks to development goals. Rising tariffs and rapid shifts in trade policies have pushed global trade growth down to 0.3 per cent—its lowest level since 2009—and significantly curtailed investment. Bilateral trade between the United States and […]

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Guyana assumes Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China: UN Secretary-General’s remarks at the handover ceremony

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, all protocol observed, I want to start by deeply thanking the State of Palestine for its skillful efforts in guiding the work of the Group of 77 and China over the past 12 months. At the handover ceremony last year, President Abbas stated that Palestine assumes the position with “humility, commitment, dedication […]

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UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, collapsed. Some 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million become homeless during the 35-second-long tremor. Marking the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy, Secretary General António Guterres renewed the […]

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