International Day of Friendship an occasion to inspire peace, build trust –UN Chief

Marking the International Day of Friendship, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the global community to use the potential of friendship to strengthen common bonds and inspire efforts for peace and sustainable development.

UN food agency says 38 countries have met international target on hunger eradication

Thirty-eight countries have already met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people, the United Nations food agency today said.

Partnering for new global development agenda tops discussion at UN forum in Ethiopia

A global partnership for development is critical to underpin the post-2015 development agenda, a senior United Nations official today said at an international forum in Ethiopia to discuss poverty eradication and sustainable development after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Disaster risk reduction central to post-2015 development process – UN official

The head of the United Nations office for disaster risk reduction today welcomed the link between poverty reduction and disaster risk reduction emphasized in a key report outlining a new framework to build on the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Ban appeals to philanthropists to help fight five deadly diseases, curb cholera in Haiti

Secretary-General ban Ki-moon today appealed to philanthropists to “make a smart investment in the world’s future” by joining the United Nations in accelerating the fight against five of the most deadly infectious diseases which kill millions of people every year.

At development conference in Japan, Ban urges integration of Africa into the global economy

To open the way for progress, African countries must adopt proactive policies, and their partners must help forge an enabling international environment, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told a panel in Tokyo on investment and development.

UN chief urges African development forum to focus on economy, society and environment

Lasting solutions in Africa must address the links between peace, security and development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging participants at an international conference to work through global dialogue to address the socio-economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability on the continent.

Post-2015 development agenda an ‘historic’ opportunity to eradicate poverty – UN chief

The world has an historic opportunity to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve sustainability and equality for all through the new post-2015 development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, launching a report that outlines a new framework to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Senior UN officials spotlight women’s health rights to accelerate global development

Investing in the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls will help accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, United Nations senior officials said on the final day of the Women Deliver Conference.

Greater attention needed for safe childbirths, UN urges on inaugural Day to end obstetric fistula

The prevalence of obstetric fistula – a preventable and treatable condition linked to women’s reproduction – among women and girls in developing countries is a denial of their human rights, senior United Nations officials today said urging global action to make childbirth safer.