UN Secretary-General Outlines “The Future We Want”

In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities […]

World Must Wake Up To The Coming Crisis In The Sahel

If forecasters could draw isobars outlining human suffering, then the high pressure zone of human pain would surely be in the failed, and failing states, along the Sahel, and across to Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, says Professor Malcolm Potts. This […]

Work Launched On Ministerial Decision To Improve Accession Guidelines For LDCs

The Sub-Committee on Least Developed Countries, on 20 January, agreed to start work on developing recommendations to “further strengthen, streamline and operationalize” current guidelines on the accession process of LDCs, as called for in a decision by the Eighth WTO […]

Meeting To Consider How Developing Countries Can Enhance Benefits From Exports Of Farm Goods, Natural Resources

A two-day meeting in Geneva will focus on how poor countries can gain more lasting value from their exports of agricultural products and natural resources. The third annual UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum will attract government ministers, academics, development economists and […]

WTO Policies Harming Small-scale Farmers In LDCs

  The current international trade regime backed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) is harming small-scale farmers in the least developing countries (LDCs), significantly increasing their risk of food insecurity and reliance on large-scale producers, an independent United Nations human […]