World leaders recognize UN’s lead role on today’s global crises, say senior aides

There is growing recognition of the lead role played by the United Nations, and by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon himself, in finding solutions to some of today’s toughest challenges, including the food crisis and climate change, as well as peace and security issues, ranging from Darfur to the Middle East, two of his top aides said today.

Current crises threaten to roll back development gains, warns Ban

The challenges posed by the weakening world economy, steep rises in food and energy prices, and climate change threaten to reverse previous development gains, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, addressing the countries most likely to bear the brunt of the impact of these problems.

Time to inject new energy into global partnership for development – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering of world leaders and top figures from the private sector, foundations and civil society that it is time to inject new energy into the global partnership to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) if countries are to slash poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by the target date of 2015.

Education vital for achieving other anti-poverty targets, Ban stresses

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the key role of education for reaching the globally agreed set of eight targets for slashing poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Secretary-General signs up to global call to arms to defeat poverty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today joined celebrities, dignitaries and anti-poverty activists from around the world in signing his name on a glass wall outside United Nations Headquarters in New York as part of a global initiative to raise pressure on governments to accelerate their efforts to end poverty.

Around $16 billion in new commitments unveiled at UN anti-poverty event

Governments, foundations, businesses and civil society groups have rallied around the call to action to slash poverty, hunger, disease and other socio-economic ills by 2015, by announcing an estimated $16 billion in new commitments to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), at a high-level event at United Nations Headquarters.

Ten businesses honoured with UN-backed award for fighting poverty

A family-owned soybean business in Ghana and one of the leading telecommunications firms in the Philippines were among 10 private companies recognized today with a United Nations-backed award for their work to improve the lives of millions of people, and proving that fighting poverty is good for business.

Role of local governments critical to achieving global anti-poverty goals – Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today highlighted the vital role played by local authorities in efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the globally agreed set of eight targets for slashing poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by 2015 – and improving the lives of their communities.

Global leaders set to meet at UN to chart progress towards development goals

Almost 100 world leaders are converging on the United Nations on Thursday for a high-level meeting to assess how to translate commitments into effective action to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.

State of Africa’s development requires greater efforts by all, UN officials stress

Africa is facing a development emergency and only concerted efforts by the entire global community will enable it to make headway in halving poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by 2015, top United Nations officials said today as the General Assembly began a day-long meeting devoted to the continent.