ECOSOC

ECOSOC: without addressing rural poverty, MDGs will be unattainable

Without addressing the problems of rural poverty there will be no hope of achieving the ambitious goals set by the Millennium Summit of 2000 to slash poverty, hunger, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by the year 2015, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was told today.

As ECOSOC opens session, Annan urges global action on rural development

As the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council got under way today in Geneva, Secretary-General told the opening session that in the wake of recent world trade and development conferences which have defined the path to erasing poverty, especially in rural areas, the challenge now "is not to decide what to do, but rather, simply, to do it."

Rural development takes centre stage as UN agency heads address ECOSOC

Rural development took centre stage at the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva today as agency heads from throughout the UN system emphasized its key role in achieving the ambitious goals set by the 2000 Millennium Summit.

UN Economic and Social Council set to open annual session in Geneva

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is set to kick off Monday in Geneva its four-week annual session with a focus on promoting an integrated approach to eradicate poverty and encourage sustainable development in rural areas.