UN official urges increased State funding for reproductive health

The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today urged world leaders to boost funding for reproductive health, including family planning, and put women’s health at the centre of their national plans to reduce the number of women dying of conditions related to pregnancy.

Ban’s talks with European Commission chief centre on development targets

As the United Nations summit assessing progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) got under way today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed how to ensure that those eight anti-poverty targets are reached during talks with the head of the European Commission (EC).

UN chief spotlights broadband's potential to accelerate development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored broadband's ability to spur development, highlighting the technology's potential to advance progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Achieving development goals first step to ensuring rights for all – UN experts

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today underscored the importance of achieving the globally agreed anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) while calling for the full and effective realization of all human rights.

Ban issues call to world leaders to boost cooperation on development

The economic downturn has resulted in developed countries failing to meet their aid pledges, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on world leaders to renew their commitment to a global partnership to promote development.

Striking images take top honours in UN anti-poverty photographic contest

Vietnamese fishermen bringing in their day’s catch, an Indian boy making his way to school and male and female Pakistani students working together in their engineering class are the winning images in a United Nations-backed photography contest aimed at illustrating the global fight against poverty.

Member States focus on reducing poverty ahead of UN summit

Member States today underlined the vital role that democracy plays in reducing poverty, just days before a major United Nations summit on how to advance the ambitious development targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.

UN seeks aid beyond governments to further anti-poverty goals

As the United Nations seeks to ramp up progress at a world summit next week to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to slash a host of social ills by 2015, officials are stressing the roles that everybody beyond governments and international organizations has to play.

Anti-poverty goals are ambitious but doable, Ban stresses ahead of MDG summit

The Millennium Development Goals are formidable and ambitious but still achievable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he urged the world’s leaders to direct their countries’ resources to the areas where they are needed most in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease.

Development tops Migiro’s talks with top Albanian officials

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, were the focus of Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro’s meetings today with Albania’s President and other senior officials.