Role of social innovation highlighted at UN forum focusing on Latin America

The United Nations development chief today stressed the need for good social policies to help Latin America deal with the impact of the global economic crisis, which threatens to undo the progress achieved in the region in fighting poverty and other socio-economic ills.

More than 20 million people in Asia-Pacific could fall into extreme poverty, UN warns

The global economic downturn could push an additional 21 million people in the Asia-Pacific region into extreme poverty, rolling back development gains, according to a United Nations-backed report issued today.