Ban calls on leaders to attend Millennium Development Goals summit next September

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on world leaders to attend a summit next September to boost efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social ills, ranging from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.

Football greats seek to score Millennium Development Goals in UN charity game

An international roster of football stars meet SL Benfica of Portugal in Lisbon next month in a United Nations ‘Match Against Poverty,’ with soccer greats Ronaldo of Brazil and Zinédine Zidane of France playing on the same side for the first time in a symbolic demonstration of the urgency of working together to fight the global scourge.

New UN projects seek to speed up progress on global anti-poverty goals

Ninety new United Nations development projects will be launched over the next three years, a top official said today, to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aimed at slashing a host of social ills, including extreme hunger and poverty, infant and maternal mortality, and lack of access to education and health care – all by 2015.

Africa’s efforts to achieve anti-poverty goals in peril, warns Migiro

Africa’s efforts to meet the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline are threatened by the impact of the global financial crisis on the continent’s economies, said Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.

Latin America making important progress towards development, UN official says

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has spotlighted the slow global progress towards reducing gender inequality and violence against women on the first day of a three-day official visit to Chile.

Greater UN coordination can boost efforts to achieve anti-poverty goals – Migiro

Greater coordination among United Nations agencies is crucial to helping countries, including those in the Arab region, slash poverty, hunger, illiteracy and a host of other scourges, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told a meeting in Beirut today.

Global cooperation crucial to achieving development targets, nations tell UN

Meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight ambitious anti-poverty targets agreed on by world leaders, by their 2015 deadline will require concert global cooperation, nations have told the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate.

Road to prosperity does not go through aid, Mauritius tells General Assembly

The world’s poorer countries should focus more on devising pro-business policies than relying only on aid if they are to eliminate poverty and register lasting economic growth, the leader of Mauritius told the General Assembly today.

Financial crisis eroding development gains, African leaders warn at UN

The current worldwide recession is jeopardizing strides made toward reaching development targets, African leaders told the General Assembly today, calling for imbalances in the global trade system to be rectified to ensure that developing nations can grow their economies.

Partnerships and resources vital to achieving anti-poverty goals, says UN official

Achieving the goals of halving poverty, hunger and other ills by 2015 can be done, the United Nations development chief stated today, stressing that it will take strong partnerships, dedicated resources and unwavering political leadership.