UN Calling Asia: focus on development assistance, Yoga day and businesses in Asia

Photo:World Bank/Lakshman Nadaraja

No "surrender of dignity" to receive development assistance

Countries in Asia wanting to implement new development goals do not have to surrender their dignity by receiving financial assistance, according to a senior official of the Philippines government. The international community is currently working on new targets called the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which are due to be adopted at the UN in September. Florencio Barsana Abad is the Budget and Management Secretary for the Philippines Government. He was recently in Washington, DC, for meetings with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Jocelyn Frank asked him if the Philippines would be able to finance its own development targets.

Asoke Mukerji.Un Photo/Kim Haughton

"Destressing" benefit of Yoga underlined on international day

The ability to relieve stress through the exercise of yoga is being underlined on the first ever UN day dedicated to the ancient Indian practice. The UN General Assembly recognized its universal appeal by proclaiming 21 June as International Yoga Day. Yoga is now practiced across the world by millions of people. Carla Garcia has been speaking to India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Asoke Mukerji. She began by asking him about the benefits of Yoga.

João Ribeiro. Photo: UNCITRAL

Laws needed to support businesses in Asia and the Pacific developing countries

As cross border trading in the Asia and the Pacific region grows, laws need to be put into place to give businesses in developing countries better access to justice, for services such as international commercial arbitration. That's according to the Head of the Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). João Ribeiro made the comments during a visit to Canberra, the capital of Australia. Christopher Woodthorpe met with him and began by asking what UNCITRAL's role will be as the global community moves forward with new development goals currently being negotiated.

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