At UN, Holy See hails Millennium Development Goals document, with reservations

The Holy See today hailed the efforts to eliminate poverty at last week’s United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but voiced concern at paragraphs on population control and minority lifestyles in the outcome document.

Ban stresses role of ‘Group of 77’ developing nations in advancing UN priorities

From achieving global anti-poverty targets to tackling climate change and other critical environmental issues, the bloc of developing nations known as the “Group of 77 and China” has a vital role to play in ensuring progress on a host of priorities on the United Nations agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN chief holds talks with senior officials on range of key global issues

Disarmament, economic development and peacekeeping in global hotspots were all on the agenda today as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with top national and regional officials visiting New York for the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment.

At UN, Central American officials focus on fight against poverty

Senior officials from two Central American countries have spotlighted the fight against poverty during their addresses to the General Assembly, warning that the battle required greater international cooperation to help struggling nations to bridge the gap with wealthier States.

Partnerships vital to meeting global challenges, European nations tell UN

Cooperation among nations is essential to tackling challenges ranging from development to climate change, top officials of European nations said today at the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment as it entered its second day.

Investing in education will help advance global anti-poverty targets – UN

Top United Nations officials have stressed education as the key to progress towards achieving global social and development targets such as reducing poverty, enhancing gender equality and combating disease.

Peruvian chief calls UN most powerful tool against global ills from terrorism to poverty

In the face of enormous global challenges, from terrorism to climate change, the United Nations is the essential forum for world cooperation, Peruvian President Alan García told the General Assembly today.

New approach to speed up progress on anti-poverty goals unveiled at UN

The United Nations today unveiled a new tool to help countries identify and overcome barriers in achieving the ambitious anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, ranging from ending poverty and hunger to expanding access to education and improving maternal and child health.

Female education vital for all MDGs, says UN Goodwill Ambassador

Growing up in Morocco in the 1960s and early 1970s United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Nawal El Moutawakel had personal experience of the ills that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) seek to eliminate.

UN summit confident of achieving MDGs on time if world delivers

While expressing deep concern that progress has fallen far short of what is needed, a United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) today voiced confidence that with renewed global commitment the targets to slash hunger, poverty, disease and a host of other social ills can still be achieved by 2015.