Africa’s partners must not renege on development support – Assembly chief

Countries must not forget their commitments to help meet Africa’s development needs, even as they are trying to grapple with the current economic slowdown, the President of the General Assembly stressed today.

Global response needed to tackle ‘daunting’ development challenges, Migiro says

Concerted international action is crucial in addressing development challenges, whose scope has intensified in recent months due to climate change, soaring food and energy prices and the global financial turmoil, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today.

World’s poorest can bank on UN support, Secretary-General says

The world’s poorest people can count on the United Nations and its Member States to support them, despite the current crisis engulfing financial markets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Financial crisis threatens efforts towards global anti-poverty targets, says Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has warned countries that the current financial crisis, which is impacting all economies and exacerbating the suffering of millions, is also threatening the efforts to slash poverty, hunger, disease and other socio-economic ills by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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.