Governments, oil workers focus on impact of economic crisis at UN forum

11 May 2009 – Representatives of governments, oil companies and workers today began a week-long meeting hosted in Geneva by the United Nations labour agency to discuss the impact of the global economic downturn on employment in the oil and gas sector.

The meeting will focus on a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) which forecasts a deficit of more than 6,000 skilled workers in the oil industry by 2010.


UN expands presence in Afghanistan with new office in the north

9 May 2009 – The United Nations opened its 20th office in the northern Sar-i-Pul province of Afghanistan on Saturday, continuing the world body's drive to promote development across the strife-torn nation.


Suffering in Gaza continues

John Holmes - United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Opinion piece


Falling foreign investment to developing nations to worsen, warns UN official

UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi

4 May 2009 – Last year’s slump in companies investing in businesses abroad is likely to fall further before recovering in two years, hitting developing countries particularly hard in the meantime, the chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) warned today.


UN considering raising global pandemic alert level due to swine flu spread

WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1).

27 April 2009 – With swine flu infections now confirmed in four different countries, the United Nations health agency said today that it may raise the international pandemic alert, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the world body is working rapidly to control the outbreak.