General Assembly to hold special session to accelerate progress on development goals

Top executives from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, the Soros Foundation and Sun Microsystems will be on hand next week when the United Nations General Assembly opens a special meeting on reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global antipoverty targets, through partnerships with the private sector and others.

UN’s agricultural and educational agencies spotlight rural Caribbean poverty

With rural poverty high and the level of rural education low in Caribbean countries, the United Nations agricultural and educational agencies today opened a two-day regional meeting in St. Lucia on nutrition, education and HIV/AIDS.

Teacher shortages threaten primary education goal in Africa, Arab States – UN

Looming teacher shortages could prevent sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States from achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of providing universal primary education (UPE) by 2015, according to a new United Nations report.

Alleviating extreme poverty is affordable, UN Special Adviser say

World leaders should make 2006 “the year of real action,” senior UN adviser Jeffrey Sachs said in Kenya today, asserting that the cost of alleviating extreme poverty is definitely affordable.