Relief assets can be more efficiently used if coordinated by the UN – Annan

With the humanitarian response system often unable to pull together the right combination of resources and expertise in a timely manner, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for improved coordination, under the United Nations, of emergency assistance that taps into existing local skills and more efficient use of resources deployed in a predictable manner.

National ownership key to successful transition from relief to development – UN

Representatives of United Nations agencies and programmes addressing the transition process – whether a country was emerging from natural disaster, economic transformation or conflict – said today national ownership was the key to successful and sustainable recovery, development and lasting peace.

UN ‘convening’ power can help bolster development initiatives

With the development field becoming more and more crowded, the comparative advantage the United Nations system had over others was its ability to organize an unparalleled force of actors to carry coordinated activities, according to senior representatives of a host of UN programmes and funds.

UN agencies call for more emphasis on aid for agriculture and rural development

While welcoming recent donor initiatives to increase development aid and aid coordination, three Rome-based United Nations agencies called today for more funding to help boost agriculture and rural development in the world's poorest nations where hunger is often the major cause of suffering.

Operational reforms must ensure country-level results – UN agencies

A host of senior United Nations officials today stressed the need to ensure that operational reforms in the Organization’s development system promoted country-level efforts to achieve agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.

Agreed themes, but no common statement, emerge from Economic and Social Council ministerial session

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has concluded its annual ministerial meeting with broad agreement on key issues but no common statement reflecting a shared position, its President said.

Finnish President calls for fair globalization as UN development meeting continues

As the United Nations main development body continued the ministerial segment of its 2005 policy session, today's keynote speaker called for more equitable and sustainable globalization to achieve the goals in poverty alleviation and institutional reform that will be the focus of the upcoming UN World Summit in September.

As UN development council opens session, Annan says growth not enough

As the United Nations' main forum for development issues opened its policy session today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that economic growth alone is not enough to improve the living conditions of the world's poor, even if the current robust economic growth rates in developing regions, including sub-Saharan Africa, continue.

Global leaders and experts to open annual meeting of UN development council

The annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) opens tomorrow as government leaders and agency chiefs address the raft of issues on the UN's development agenda, from poverty and human rights to issues in trade, markets, telecommunications and infrastructure.

Economic and Social Council elects 16 new members to serve until end of 2007

The 54 members of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for next year have been decided after the General Assembly this week completed its annual elections for a third of the line-up of the development coordinating body.