Dominican Republic calls for tax on tax havens to fund UN humanitarian goals

Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernández today called on the United Nations General Assembly to consider a possible tax on tax havens, off-shore banks and international financial centres to make up for the damage the global economic crisis has wrought on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Princess Máxima of the Netherlands named new UN advocate on inclusive finance

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Princess Máxima of the Netherlands has his new Special Advocate on Inclusive Finance, which he said can spur poverty reduction and advance development.

World falling short on pledges to lift people out of poverty – UN report

Governments are falling well short of the financial commitments made to help developing countries climb out of poverty and meet other internationally agreed goals aimed at combating hunger and a host of other social and economic ills by 2015, according to a United Nations report launched today.

Ban emphasizes ‘power of prayer’ in tackling global challenges

Faith has a key role in addressing current global challenges, ranging from disarmament to climate change to the economic crisis, and in bringing people together to promote peace and progress, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Global recession threatens African development, Ban says

Africa’s relative isolation from capital markets has not shielded it from the effects of the global economic turmoil, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, cautioning that development progress on the continent is in jeopardy.

Global cooperation key to boosting public health – UN Economic and Social Council

A high-level United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) gathering wrapped up today with a call for global cooperation to tackle public health challenges in the face of interrelated food, economic and climate crises which are stalling efforts to reach development targets.

Economic and food crises threaten recent development gains – UN report

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on rich and poor nations to boost efforts to fight poverty and hunger after a new United Nations report shows that recent advances are being threatened by the global economic and food crises.

UN committed to help African nations pursue peace, security, development – Ban

Spotlighting some of the major challenges facing African nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to supporting the people of the continent in building durable peace, security and sustainable development.

Child deaths drop by nearly 30 per cent, says UN health agency

Deaths of children under five years of age have plummeted by almost one third since 1990, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, while cautioning that greater action is necessary to achieve similar success in other areas, in particular maternal and newborn health.

Ban outlines Laos’ progress, challenges in meeting development targets

Laos has made considerable strides towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, but the nation must continue its efforts to slash child malnutrition and maternal mortality rates to make the country more competitive in the global economy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.