Despite falling unemployment in some developed economies, the global jobs crisis is likely to continue for at least the next two years, especially in emerging economies, topping 200 million by 2017, the United Nations labour agency has warned, calling for urgent steps to boost jobs.
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have invited Lutheran churches and Catholic bishops’ conferences across the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017.
As politicians and business leaders prepare to gather in Davos next week (20-23 January) for the World Economic Forum, Christian Aid questions whether Switzerland’s role as a haven for “dirty” money from poor countries makes it an appropriate host country.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the launch of a new report on finding solutions to the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.
The arrest of Samar Badawi, a prominent human rights defender and sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, is the latest example of Saudi Arabia’s utter contempt for its human rights obligations, says Amnesty International.
A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces.
Following the recent nuclear test conducted by North Korea, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling on all parties involved in the current situation on the Korean peninsula to invest in initiatives to reduce tensions and for peaceful co-existence on the Korean peninsula.