$65 billion needed for population schemes to check poverty in 2010 – UN

Nearly $65 billion worth of investment is required next year for population programmes to combat poverty, promote development and slash maternal death rates, according to the United Nations Commission on Population and Development.

High birth rates hamper development in poorer countries, warns UN forum

Rapid population growth, fuelled by high fertility, presents a barrier to reducing poverty levels and reaching other internationally agreed development goals, experts attending the current session of the United Nations population body said today.

World crisis calls for new economic governance partnership – UN official

The “enormous challenges” facing the world present a unique opportunity to forge a new partnership for governance of the world economy, the chief of the United Nations’ development arm told a meeting of advisers that opened in New York today.

Progress on gender equality will mean improvements for all in society – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged top government officials from around the world gathered in Guatemala City to push for greater progress on gender equality, stressing that women’s empowerment is key to realizing other major international development targets.

UN development chief announces decision to step down

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he accepts with regret the decision of the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to leave the post in March.