UN development agenda has reached ‘critical juncture,’ Ban says

The United Nations has reached “a critical juncture” in the implementation of its development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, with soaring oil and food prices, turmoil in the financial markets, inequality and climate change all threatening to strike hardest at the world’s poorest people.

UN Economic and Social Council to focus on aid effectiveness, world economy

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will stage policy dialogues on development cooperation, the state of the world economy and its impact on the UN’s development agenda during its High-Level Segment next week.