Ghanaian troops join UN mission in Chad, Central African Republic

14 May 2009 – Over 100 Ghanaian soldiers have joined the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the war-ravaged nations of Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), it was announced today.

In a move welcomed by the mission, known as MINURCAT, 131 Ghanaian troops are in transit and will replace departing forces in the Farchana area of eastern Chad.

They will join 71 Ghanaian blue helmets deployed to MINURCAT last March, and at full strength, the mission will include 800 peacekeepers from Ghana.

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Governments, oil workers focus on impact of economic crisis at UN forum

11 May 2009 – Representatives of governments, oil companies and workers today began a week-long meeting hosted in Geneva by the United Nations labour agency to discuss the impact of the global economic downturn on employment in the oil and gas sector.

The meeting will focus on a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) which forecasts a deficit of more than 6,000 skilled workers in the oil industry by 2010.

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UN expands presence in Afghanistan with new office in the north

9 May 2009 – The United Nations opened its 20th office in the northern Sar-i-Pul province of Afghanistan on Saturday, continuing the world body's drive to promote development across the strife-torn nation.

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Suffering in Gaza continues

John Holmes - United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Opinion piece

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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.

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