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.
National Bank of Kazakhstan announced about devaluation of national currency – tenge – by 20% on Tuesday, 11 February 2013.
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.