Aid to poor countries should focus on building good economies - UN report

Improving the effectiveness of aid to poor countries requires a focus on economic infrastructure, according to a new United Nations report discussed today by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.

Fréchette urges wealthy nations to remove or cut agricultural subsidies

Calling on the world's rich countries to revitalize stalled international trade and development talks, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today urged them to eliminate or at least reduce "the crippling effect" of agricultural subsidies on the world's poorest and least developed nations.

UN officials urge action on behalf of 700 million people in world's poorest States

With the world's 50 poorest countries - home to 700 million people - struggling to tackle poverty, senior United Nations officials today urged attention to their plight as the annual meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began in New York.