Icelandic designer takes top prize in UN anti-poverty ad contest

A graphic designer from Iceland is the winner of a United Nations advertising contest to boost awareness in Europe of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, it was announced today.

Increased cooperation vital to tackling climate change in Pacific, Ban says

Closer international cooperation is necessary to help Pacific island nations combat the impact of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, pledging the United Nations’ commitment to mitigating the problem.

UN official stresses the importance of human rights in overcoming poverty

The economic empowerment of the world’s poorest people will not happen unless their human rights are also considered, a senior United Nations official said today, urging governments around the world not to separate development and basic rights when devising policy.

Urging support for lagging Asia-Pacific States, Ban highlights region’s anti-poverty gains

The Asia-Pacific region has made significant gains towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but some countries have fallen behind, especially the region’s small island nations and other least developed countries, which need much more support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.