Ban to visit Jamaica to participate in Caribbean regional summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Jamaica this weekend to attend a Caribbean summit and discuss regional efforts to try to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations announced today.

UN agency calls for more support for its school feeding programmes

School feeding programmes, which provide meals so that millions of children in poor countries can attend classes, can be broadened to reach even more pupils with the help of donors and partnerships, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today as it called for increased international support.

Ban urges stepped up efforts on poverty goals at second day of G20 summit

As he continues to take part in this weekend's summit of the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized and developing economies, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the importance of stepping up efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during a private meeting with the top officials of two European Union institutions.

UN chief urges G20 to 'not balance budgets on the backs of the poorest'

Despite rising budget deficit and severe fiscal problems, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized and developing economies to take urgent steps to help the poor and vulnerable make ends meet through investment.

UN brings focus on plight of world's vulnerable to G20 summit in Canada

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is attending this weekend's summit of the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized and developing economies in Toronto, Canada, stressing the concerns of the world's most vulnerable and the need for everyone to step up efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

General Assembly President and Venezuelan leader discuss development, UN reform

United Nations reform, climate change and global efforts to achieve the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have topped the agenda during wide-ranging talks between General Assembly President Ali Treki and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

UN chief honours civic servants on Public Service Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to public servants around the world who use their services on behalf of their towns, cities, or countries, and called on young citizens everywhere to explore dynamic and diverse careers in public service.

UN report card on anti-poverty goals shows mixed picture of progress and obstacles

The world continues to make advances towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), despite the global economic downturn, but the rate of improvement remains too slow and countries must step up their efforts if the MDGs are to be achieved by their target date of 2015, a new United Nations report says.

Ban unveils ‘collection of superheroes’ to help eradicate poverty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he is establishing an advocacy group of eminent persons to try to galvanize support worldwide towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015.

UN invites ‘Citizen Ambassadors’ to film anti-poverty goals in action

The United Nations launched today a video contest inviting people from around the world, particularly youth, to tell leaders what the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mean to them by uploading short films on the UN YouTube channel.