As aid levels lag, development cooperation more vital than ever – UN officials

Senior United Nations officials today stressed the importance of development cooperation and making assistance more effective, especially at a time when governments worldwide are tightening their belts and aid budgets are being slashed.

UN Economic and Social Forum ends with calls for implementation of decisions

The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today urged the implementation of decisions made at the body’s substantive session this year, which focused on the importance of education as a catalyst for the achievement of the global goals against poverty.

High-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council to focus on education

Making education accessible for all will be the focus of a United Nations conference in Geneva next week that will bring together representatives from governments, international organizations, civil society and academia to discuss ways of ensuring everyone has an opportunity to acquire knowledge.

UN experts meet to discuss standardizing place names worldwide

Experts from around the world gathered in Vienna today for the start of a five-day United Nations conference aimed at standardizing the use of place names so that governments, organizations and the public can benefit.

Current crises call for concerted global action to advance development – UN officials

With the financial crisis having reversed many development gains and the world once again facing rising food and energy prices, top United Nations officials today underscored the need for concerted action to advance development, equity and prosperity for all.

Eighteen countries elected to serve on UN Economic and Social Council

The General Assembly today elected 18 members to the key United Nations forum tasked with discussing international economic and social progress.

UN officials laud contribution of ECOSOC session to furthering development

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today wrapped up its annual gathering with senior officials hailing the contributions of the month-long session towards advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as in the areas of peace and development.

High-level UN forum stresses role of women in advancing global development

The annual high-level meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded today with Member States stressing the need for greater investment in women and girls and outlining concrete steps to advance gender equality and empower women.

Top UN officials debate role of culture in women’s empowerment

The role of culture in promoting the empowerment of women and upholding human rights was hotly debated today by senior United Nations officials, activists and academics as the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meets in New York to push for women and girls to be at the forefront of efforts to achieve development targets.

At UN, actress Geena Davis takes on media for negative images of women

With her ground-breaking roles in such films as Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own, Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis is no stranger to playing strong women on the silver screen.