Every year on 21 September, the United Nations calls on all nations and people to put down their weapons and reaffirm their commitment to living in harmony with one another.  Today, as we mark the 100-day countdown to the next International Day of Peace, I invite global reflection on this year’s timely theme.

The World Bank has published another forecast for the development of the world economy - for the period up to 2021. Experts expect a moderate growth, but fear that negative factors may violate these forecasts. Ekaterina Vashakmadze, chief economist at the Global Bank's Prospects Department, told Anton Uspensky about what to expect in the post-Soviet countries.
Experts of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) warn about the growth of e-waste, which pose a serious danger to the environment and human health. At the same time, with the proper processing of e-junk, you can get economic benefits. profit. A new portal has appeared on the ITU website; information on electronic waste can be found by region and country, including per capita.


In a message to mark World Environment Day, celebrated on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has emphasized the link between worsening levels of air pollution and the climate crisis.

Over the past decade, it has been possible to significantly expand access of HIV-infected people to antiretroviral drugs and condoms. The number of deaths from AIDS-related diseases has nearly halved, and the number of new infections among adults has decreased by 19 percent. However, this success has not affected everyone: in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, during the same period, the number of new HIV infections increased by 30 percent.
Some forms of child abuse are a social norm in Ukraine. This is reported in the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Thus, according to the Foundation, about 42 percent of Ukrainian parents believe that emotional violence against children is permissible for educational purposes, 14 percent support the use of physical force.


On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will visit St. Petersburg, where he will take part in the International Economic Forum on Thursday. The program of the visit of the head of the UN to Russia also includes a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

Only 27 percent of all countries in the world have advanced hydro-meteorological technologies and can provide high-quality and accurate weather forecasts. How to help them take advantage of technical progress - this and other issues will be discussed by the participants of the World Meteorological Congress, which will be held from 3 to 14 June in Geneva.