Access to broadband could be the universal catalyst that lifts developing countries out of poverty and puts access to health care, education and basic social services within reach of all, according to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which met in Dublin this weekend.
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services says that while Kazakhstan’s recent local currency devaluation will not generally destabilize the economy, it will place additional pressure on the local banking sector. This is according to a report titled “Ripples From The Tenge Devaluation Will Add To Already High Credit Risks In Kazakhstan’s Banking Sector In 2014,” published on RatingsDirect.
The amount of global debt has soared more than 40% or US$30 trillion to $100 trillion in six years, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
The world loses or wastes one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the latest issue of the World Bank’s quarterly Food Price Watch citing FAO and World Resources Institute estimates.
The booming world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but countries must help small-scale fishers and fish farmers benefit too, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today.
Facebook has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately US$16 billion, including US$4 billion in cash and approximately US$12 billion worth of Facebook shares.
The water, sanitation and sustainable energy crises are the among the world’s pre-eminent development challenges, senior United Nations officials warned on 18 February, urging Member States to adopt coherent integrated policies and innovative strategies to tackle these issues, which take a tragic toll on the lives of millions of poor people, especially women and young girls.
World imports of information and communication technology (ICT) goods stood at almost US$2 trillion in 2012, according to the latest data released by UNCTAD, up from US$1.8 trillion in 2011.
The United Nations and its partners are celebrating Safer Internet Day today with a special focus on education strategies to promote greater online safety for children and young people.