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  • US-China face-off is “Game of Thrones” —Pres. Jokowi

    US-China face-off is “Game of Thrones” —Pres. Jokowi

    Indonesia’s President and host of the Plenary Session of the IMF/World Bank, Joko Widodo, yesterday drew a burst of guffaws from a packed audience of delegates including visiting leaders of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) a few minutes into his short but moving welcome ...
  • Inclusive growth through digital tech

    Inclusive growth through digital tech

    Governments around the world have been admonished to pursue policies that would enable their citizens to take advantage of the emerging digital economy and achieve inclusive financial growth. This could be done by investing in their people from their early years through life time to enable them ...
  • Like Indonesia, global economy is resilient —Kim, Lagarde

    Like Indonesia, global economy is resilient —Kim, Lagarde

    The global economy, like Indonesia, the host of this year’s largest financial-cum-economic talkfest, is “resilient and determined” to move forward. The world’s 4th most populous country (population: 262million) after China, India and USA, is dealing with the challenge of an unfortunate, ...
  • UN’s new strategy for youths ‘to lead’

    UN’s new strategy for youths ‘to lead’

    As part of efforts of the United Nations to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and pave way for a more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous world, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched a new strategy for young people to lead at the ongoing 73rd session of the UN ...
  • Promoting Mandela’s legacy in peace building

    Promoting Mandela’s legacy in peace building

    THE United Nations General Assembly honoured Nelson Mandela, the former South African President and anti-apartheid campaigner with a pledge to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and to revive the values for which he stood. At the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, held as one of the ...
  • Africa’s school feeding progress

    Africa’s school feeding progress

    Since March 2016 when African leaders celebrated the first Africa Day of School Feeding, several successes have been recorded in improving the nutritional component of early childhood development. Many countries have initiated school feeding programmes as part of their policies to improve ...
  • Putting faith in data to tackle global hunger

    Putting faith in data to tackle global hunger

    As part of efforts to boost agricultural productivity and tackle the rise in global hunger, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Data has launched an unprecedented drive to collect data from 500 million smallholder farmers in 50 developing countries. The programme, unveiled at the Data to End ...
  • Making Progress with Climate Change

    Making Progress with Climate Change

    From happenings around the world, it is now clear that one of the most significant threats facing humanity today is climate change. According to the American Meteorological Society, there is a 90 percent probability that global temperatures will rise by 3.5 to 7.4 degrees Celsius (6.3 to 13.3 ...
  • All’s not well with the United Nations

    All’s not well with the United Nations

    The United Nations, 73, is showing signs of its age and the turbulent times it has been enduring in the past couple of decades. It is lethargic, with its component parts out of tune with one another, betrayed by the very people, the authorities and powers that gave it life. Regrettably, as ...
  • Gender Equality: Using Data to Drive Change

    Gender Equality: Using Data to Drive Change

    PROGRESS towards achieving gender parity could be made faster if policy makers work to provide vital statistics that measure gender inequality, according to panellists that discussed the issue at the launch of the Equal Measure 2030 SDG Gender Index, a data hub for advocates that tracks gender ...
  • Global Economy Feeling the Weight of Trade War

    Global Economy Feeling the Weight of Trade War

    As the ongoing tit-for-tat trade skirmishes initiated by President Donald Trump intensify, world leaders have called on contending parties to tread with caution, worried that the trade conflict could snowball into a total trade war. US’ tariff on steel and aluminium from China and traditional ...
  • Risks to Global Growth Surge

    Risks to Global Growth Surge

    Ten years after the spectacular failure of the investment bank, Lehman Brothers which sparked the global financial crisis, global economic recovery is yet to return to pre-crisis level just as risks to global growth have risen in the past six months, according to the IMF latest assessment ...
  • Global financial system stable, in spite of risks

    Global financial system stable, in spite of risks

    It’s not all gloom and doom in the world’s financial system, in spite of worries over growth prospects. The foundation of the global financial system is stronger than it was a decade ago when the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers, caused a spectacular crash that reverberated all ...
  • Global trade in peril

    Global trade in peril

    It seems everyone but US President Donald Trump believes that the raging tit-for-tat trade brawl between the United States and China is an ill wind that blows no one any good. Experts and delegates at the 2018 Bali Meetings of the IMF/World Bank are unanimous that the global economy cannot ...
  • Trump, Buhari, Macron, others kick-off debate at 73 UNGA

    Trump, Buhari, Macron, others kick-off debate at 73 UNGA

    The jury is still out on whether the speakers at the first day of the Great General Debate, in which world leaders speak in turns, kept to this year’s theme of “Making the United Nations relevant to all people”. Predictably, US President Donald Trump who was the second to address the Assembly ...
  • Global poverty progress under threat

    Global poverty progress under threat

    Rapid population growth in developing countries, especially Africa, could reverse the hard-won gains of extreme poverty reduction, according to the latest edition of the GoalKeepers Data Report issued by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Though, the report, GoalKeepers: The Stories Behind ...
  • China Not to Blame for Africa’s Debt

    China Not to Blame for Africa’s Debt

    African and Chinese officials have rejected criticism of Beijing’s debt-laden overseas development projects as nervous are being cast in the direction of China’s overseas development aid in Africa. President Xi Jinping hosted leaders from across Africa at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ...
  • AfDB’s poor financial performance worries shareholders

    AfDB’s poor financial performance worries shareholders

    All is not well with the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the leadership of incumbent President Dr Akinwumi Adesina. Three years into the current dispensation at Africa’s multilateral institution, there are indications that the poor financial performance of the Bank has become a source of ...
  • Can World Leaders Tame Migration?

    Can World Leaders Tame Migration?

    Ever since the disturbing image of the lifeless body of 3-year old Syrian boy, Aylan Kordi on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea seared the world’s collective conscience, similar pictures of hapless, desperate migrants fleeing various forms of terror in their countries have lost the power to ...
  • World Leaders call attention to Global Goals

    World Leaders call attention to Global Goals

    The 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly is starting out in style. It is kicking off with H.E. Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés in the driving seat as President. For gender activists, it is a triumph worth celebrating. Ms Espinosa Garcés, former Foreign Minister of Ecuador, is ...
Human Capital Index debuts