Solidarity with world’s less fortunate more vital than ever, says Ban

Solidarity with those less fortunate is more important than ever, especially at a time when the global economic crisis has pushed an estimated 64 million more people into poverty, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Secretary-General looks to Europe to help lead way on aid for developing countries

The European Union can help lead the way forward in development cooperation and achieve aid targets, especially for least developed countries (LDCs), despite stringent budget cuts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Zidane and Ronaldo play for Haiti, Pakistan in annual UN charity football match

World champion footballers and United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane today announced that the 8th Annual Match Against Poverty will raise funds for the nearly 25 million people affected by the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.

Africa’s youth can do great things for the continent, says Ban

Africa’s young population can drive the continent’s future development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told an international symposium taking place in Benin.

Actress Monique Coleman named first UN ‘Youth Champion’

United States actress Monique Coleman, best known for playing Taylor McKessie in the “High School Musical” movies, was today appointed the first ever ‘Youth Champion’ by the United Nations to raise awareness about the challenges facing young people.

With strong global support, Africa can reach development targets – Migiro

Africa, with its immense human and material wealth, can achieve the globally agreed development targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told United Nations agencies working on the continent, while also stressing the need for strong support from the international community.

On 65th anniversary, UN resolves ‘to do more’ for peace, development

Marking its 65th anniversary, the United Nations has reaffirmed its commitment to promote peace, development and human rights, pledging enhanced action to achieve its global mission.

Top-ranked female footballer joins UN roster of goodwill ambassadors

Brazilian Marta Vieira da Silva, the world’s top-ranked female football player, has been recruited by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to advocate for women’s empowerment as part of global efforts to fight poverty.

UN introduces new tool to help companies support global anti-poverty effort

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the launch of a knowledge sharing platform to help companies strengthen their involvement in the global poverty eradication campaign.

Despite gloomy economy, malaria deaths can still be halted by 2015 – UN official

Despite the tough global economy, new commitments by governments give hope that deaths from malaria, which now kills some 1 million people around the world every year, can be eliminated by the target date of 2015, a senior United Nations official said today.