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.

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.