On 4 February, Microsoft Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed SatyaNadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directorseffective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.
Having natural resources does not have to be a curse, it can be a blessing if the countries ensure proper management of revenues from natural resources, invest earnings in building up physical and human capital, and improve institutions, says the World Bank’s newly-released report “Diversified Development: Making the Most of Natural Resources in Eurasia”.
Raising the alarm against deepening income disparities in countries around the world, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) called for a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms.
On 17 January 2014, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for action to address underlying threats in world hotspots, promote development and to protect the planet, in his first address of the year to the entire United Nations membership, in which he also expressed grave concern at the ‘immoral and irresponsible actions’ of some global leaders.
Despite a delay in eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons material, the United Nations Security Council expects that there will be no delay beyond the end-of-June deadline for the total removal of all such materials, the head of the group charged with the effort said after briefing the 15-member body on 8 January 2014.
UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the “No Lost Generation” strategy, which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.
On Monday, 6 January, over 6.2 tonnes of elephant ivory and products from them were destroyed in Guangzhou, southern China. The ivory was seized during attempt to smuggle in China.
An asteroid 2014 AA entered to atmosphere to the Earth over Atlantic Ocean and burnt in atmosphere on 2 January morning, the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) said.
An explosion hit a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday morning, local mass media reported.
The General Assembly wrapped up its work for the main part of the 68th session by approving a budget of $5.5 billion for the United Nations to carry out its vital work over the next two years on 27 December.