UNCTAD in the Media
​Fracking transformed US energy production, but Europe and the rest of the world will struggle to repeat the trick, finds global report

​GENEVA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Technologies on the frontier of what is possible can boost the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help find 21st-century global solutions for economic social and environmental challenges, says a UN report published Tuesday.

Donald Trump is playing with fire. That thought permeated last week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington. The president’s rejection of multilateralism is risky but our 70-year-old rule-based system is far from perfect [...] as Richard Kozul-Wright, the chief economist at UNCTAD pointed out, the multilateral system operating in 2018 is by no means the one envisaged by its original architects in the 1940s.

With Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg under U.S. Congress pressure and greater regulation on data privacy looking likely, ''there is no time to waste'' in ensuring the technological revolution nurtures more inclusive development, a senior UN development official said Friday.

The scandal over data privacy that is causing a headache for Facebook Inc shows just one aspect of the huge task of preparing the world for e-commerce, the United Nations trade and development agency UNCTAD said on Wednesday.

​In response to the current US government's trade tensions with China, Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD, said that he believes that this move by the United States is ultimately due to fear that China is moving into areas that were previously seen as the preserve of the advance countries themselves.

​Les dirigeants de 27 pays de l’Union africaine ont signé mercredi un accord-cadre supprimant les droits de douane sur 90 % des biens et libéralisant les services dans 55 pays

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports will take a toll on poorer countries and could trigger takeovers in their mining industries, the head of the U.N. trade and development agency UNCTAD said on Thursday.

U.N. Sees U.S. Tax Cut Offering a Limited Boost to Foreign Firms
The Wall Street Journal (US)
05 February 2018
​Report also says other countries will respond to U.S. by lowering their tax rates to retain investment—and jobs. The U.S. tax overhaul may bring trillions of dollars in accumulated profits back home from overseas financial centers, but will likely deliver a smaller boost to U.S. investment by foreign businesses, according to an analysis by the United Nations.

​EU exporters are overpaying on trade costs because they are failing to take full advantage of the lower tariffs on offer thanks to the blocs’ trade agreements, new research has revealed.

​GENEVA (Reuters) - Global foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 16 percent in 2017 to an estimated $1.52 trillion, a surprise downturn led by steep reversals in Britain and the United States, United Nations data showed on Monday.

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday.

​INFOGRAPHIE - Jusqu'à 40 milliards de dollars par an sont nécessaires pour électrifier les 47 États les plus démunis, selon l'ONU.

​BANGKOK (AP) — The world’s least developed countries need access to electricity if they are to break out of poverty, according to a U.N. report that urges wealthy nations to do more to honor their aid commitments to help bridge the energy gap.

Le commerce régional comme clé face au changement climatique
swissinfo.ch (Switzerland)
13 November 2017
''Il faut arrêter de penser seulement aux chaînes de valeur globales'', dit dans un entretien accordé à l'ats la secrétaire générale adjointe de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le commerce et le développement (CNUCED) Isabelle Durant. Elle souhaite une politique de paliers pour les pays en développement.

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