UN Economic and Social Council ends 2007 substantive session on hopeful note

The annual four-week substantive session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – which has been tasked with two new functions this year – concluded in Geneva today, with its President welcoming the revitalized and reformed Council’s progress.

Newly established forum vital for advancing development – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to governments, United Nations organizations, civil society, parliaments, the private sector and academia to make the most of a newly established forum to advance the world’s shared anti-poverty goals, including by scaling up funds to ensure they are achieved on time.

Anti-poverty goals still achievable, but greater effort needed – Ban Ki-moon

The world’s shared goals for fighting poverty and other economic and social ills remain achievable in most countries, but only if political leaders in rich and poor nations take urgent and concerted action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.