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The EU must do more to counter persecution based on religion, say MEPs in a resolution on the state of human rights worldwide in 2016, voted on Wednesday.

At the One Planet Summit in Paris today, Canada and the World Bank Group announced a partnership to support effective climate action in developing countries in support of the Paris Agreement. 

A three per cent upturn in the global economy has paved the way to readjust policy towards longer-term issues, such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to a new United Nations report on global economic prospects.

Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge.

The Government of Myanmar announced today the passage of the Myanmar Companies Act, one of key reforms to improve the country’s business environment supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

An OSCE-supported international conference on modern anti-corruption standards and international co-operation took place on 8 December 2017 in Astana.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $750,000 to Indonesia to provide knowledge support and technical assistance to study the impact of disruptive technologies on the Indonesia economy.

The United Nations on Sunday kicked off in Paris, France, a year-long campaign to honor the foundational human rights document, which next year marks its 70th anniversary.

H.E. Ms. Eliza Jean Reid, First Lady of Iceland has been nominated as Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The appointment took place at the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, being held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on 11 and 12 December. 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the holding of the two-phased State and Federal elections in Nepal and congratulated its people for the peaceful conduct of the polls.

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