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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.


No society is immune against racism

Opinion piece
Durban anti-racism conference outcome
By Navanethem Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights



Child soldiers to be released amid crisis in volatile eastern DR Congo – UN envoy

Child Soldier - Children In Armed Conflict

21 April 2009 – Plans are under way to release more child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a UN envoy said today at the end of a one-week visit, urging an end to ongoing violations against children in a humanitarian crisis engulfing the country’s east.


Divisiveness perpetuates racism, Secretary-General warns

South African dancer performing during opening ceremony of the Durban Review Conference