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.

UN-backed youth summit pledges action on Millennium Development Goals

Youth leaders from more than 40 countries participating in the United Nations-sponsored second Pan-African Youth Leadership Summit in Ifrane, Morocco, unanimously agreed today to endorse sport as a way of mobilizing African youth for practical initiatives aimed at advancing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Cooperation among poor States is vital for reaching development goals, Annan says

Without a partnership between the industrialized and developing countries, otherwise known as the North and the South, the United Nations goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015 will not be reached, “but deeper South-South cooperation is also vital,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on the first Day for South-South Cooperation today.

UN summit meeting in 2005 to review progress towards global anti-poverty goals

The United Nations General Assembly today approved a multi-stage work plan for 2005 that culminates in a high-level review of worldwide progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) just ahead of commemorations of the world body’s sixtieth anniversary next September.

Investment in developing nations’ agriculture vital to slash hunger, poverty – UN

Greater investment in agriculture and rural development is essential to spur economic growth in developing countries and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to slash hunger and poverty in half by 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

UN agency to carry out major review to help slash hunger in half by 2015

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is to carry out a major review of its activities to help ensure achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include halving chronic hunger around the world within a decade.

Annan calls on developed States to help poor countries climb out of poverty

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on all governments to live up to their pledge to halve extreme poverty by 2015 in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed on at a world summit four years ago, a process which he said has not being going well overall.

Asia-Pacific not living up to its potential in battles against hunger, disease - UN

The “enormous challenge” facing the Asia-Pacific region is not a lack of food and other resources but ensuring that the abundance that is readily available reaches everybody, especially those most in need, a senior United Nations official said today.

Annan urges G-8 leaders to support global millennium anti-poverty goals

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today issued a strong call to leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) countries meeting in Evian, France, to renew their commitment to a series of anti-poverty goals set at a United Nations summit held in the year 2000.