The United Nations Trade and Development Conference (UNCTAD) in its latest Trade and Development Report Update warns that developing countries are facing years of difficulty as the global economy slows down amid heightened financial turbulence.

This UNCTAD SDG Pulse comes at a crucial moment in the history of both multilateralism and trade and development. Since 2020, the world has been in a constant state of cascading crises that overlap and compound each other.

The fragility of the Himalayan ecosystem was recently highlighted by incidents of land sinking in Joshimath, a small hill town in India’s Uttarakhand.

Wide wage inequalities have been identified as one of the key demotivation factors hampering Ghana's development, according to an official report. The Ghana Earnings Inequality in the Public Sector Report launched by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) said the phenomenon hampered output in the public sector, impacting development negatively.

This report assesses social protection measures in Asia, shows how they help tackle crises such COVID-19 and climate change, and outlines the need for more inclusive, shock-responsive policies to cut poverty and spur equitable development.

Industrialization is central to Africa’s development prospects. With its young labour force, abundant natural resources and fast-growing internal markets. Africa has the potential to become the next global frontier for industrial development.

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) issued a report introducing a new global index that measures shortfalls in achievements in three areas: quality-adjusted human development; environmental sustainability; and good governance.

The Government of Goa on 13th October 2022, has notified the Goa Industrial Growth and Investment Promotion Policy, 2022, in order to create an environment of Trust and Collaboration between the State and Industry by bringing in transparency and predictability to achieve the shared goals of prosperity and sustainable development for all.

The Trade and Development Report 2022 warns that monetary and fiscal policy moves in advanced economies risk pushing the world towards global recession and prolonged stagnation, inflicting worse damage than the financial crisis in 2008 and the COVID-19 shock in 2020.

Continuing the thread of the 2019 and 2020 HDRs, 2021/22 HDR carries forward a conversation centered on inequalities while integrating other important themes related to uncertainties in the Anthropocene: societal-level transformations, mental health impacts, political polarization, but also, crucially, opportunity.