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.

Making vital reforms next year may be too late for development goals - Annan

Countries can halve extreme poverty and reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 if they implement vital reforms and get adequate external support this year, "but by next year it might already be too late," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Officials at UN-backed meeting urge greater support for world's poorest States

The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and other senior officials today urged action to implement plans for tackling poverty in the world's least developed countries (LDCs).

ECOSOC continues preparing for high-level talks on financing for development

How to implement global anti-poverty goals topped the agenda of a meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at United Nations Headquarters in New York today, which brought together senior UN officials and their counterparts from across the globe.

UN Economic and Social Council looks to lift poorest nations out of poverty

Top United Nations officials, donors and heads of international institutions convened at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today to examine worldwide efforts to lift the 50 poorest nations - home to 600 million people - out of poverty and instability.

UN meeting to review mobilization of aid for world's poorest States

The United Nations Economic and Social Council will hold a meeting next week to examine what help the world is giving to the 50 poorest nations to lift them out of poverty and instability.

Finnish diplomat elected first woman head of UN Economic and Social Council

Finland's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Marjatta Rasi, has been elected president of the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), becoming the first woman ever to head the 54-member development coordinating body.

ECOSOC President says humanitarian assistance will be overhauled

Informal consultations early next year will develop programmes to implement "a new and ambitious agenda on financing for the humanitarian community," the President of the United Nations council charged with coordinating humanitarian aid, as well as the follow-up to the major United Nations conferences, said.