Poorest countries at epicentre of development emergency, Ban warns

With just five years remaining until the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sounded the alarm that the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) continued to be mired in poverty.

African development strides propelled by policy innovations, says UN-backed report

Expanded social protection programmes and other innovative policies have helped to spur Africa’s progress in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a new United Nations-backed report.

World leaders continue calls for stepped-up action on development targets

World leaders continued to press for greater action in the five remaining years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on the second day of a General Assembly summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Affordable and reliable energy requires real political will, Ban stresses

A lack of political will is the real obstacle to ensuring all people have access to affordable and reliable sources of energy for their daily lives, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on countries to work together to provide the necessary funding, technology and partnerships.

Assembly President calls for broad-based partnership to attain MDGs

The General Assembly President today urged countries, donors, civil society and the private sector to cooperate more closely to defeat poverty, hunger and disease, underscoring that a global partnership is key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Ban urges world leaders to invest in global project to overcome poverty

As scores of heads of State and government attend today’s opening of a three-day summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to provide the necessary investment, aid and political will to end extreme poverty.

Human rights central to achieving global anti-poverty goals, says UN official

A top United Nations official today told world leaders gathered in New York that they are more likely to accelerate progress to achieve the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if they take a human rights approach to their commitments.

Many women and girls left out of development gains, UN agency reports

In spite of strides made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), large numbers of women and girls, especially those in rural areas, have been left behind and continue to live in exclusion and poverty, according to United Nations data unveiled today.

Asia-Pacific must boost efforts to turn growth into anti-poverty gains – UN report

Asia-Pacific countries must enhance efforts to translate robust economic growth into progress towards the targets of slashing poverty and hunger, a new United Nations-backed report says.

UN officials stress decent work and social protection measures to fight poverty

Two senior United Nations officials today stressed the need for the creation of decent jobs and improved social protection measures to cushion the most vulnerable people against the effects of unemployment as the world strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at a time of slow global economic recovery.