Corporate giving can play an important role in advancing the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Deputy Secretary-General told more than 200 top executives and business leaders at a special event of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today.
The sorry state of much of Africa’s transport and communication networks is holding the continent back and preventing its countries from competing on the global market, the United Nations advocate for the world’s poorest States has told the World Bank.
The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has begun a three-country mission to West Africa, where he is promoting efforts to boost economic performance in the impoverished region.
With official development assistance (ODA) still insufficient to achieve global anti-poverty targets by 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed France’s former foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy to develop and promote new sources of funding, citing the urgent need to fill this critical gap.
Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has wrapped up a two-day stop at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, where she underscored the necessity of bolstered collaboration between the world body and its partners in government and civil society.
The recent economic growth among Africa’s poorest countries has been confined mainly to those nations with rich mineral resources and has not yet translated to a substantial reduction in poverty, the United Nations envoy for those nations said today as he pledged to spearhead efforts to better distribute the emerging wealth.