Post-2015 development agenda must focus on equality – UN experts

United Nations independent experts today called on countries to ensure the post-2015 development agenda focuses on equality, social protection and accountability, noting that one billion people around the world are still living in poverty.

Consensus forming on ‘golden thread of development,’ says co-chair of UN panel on post-2015 agenda

A United Nations high-level panel on a post-2015 global development agenda wrapped up today with consensus emerging on how to make a more equitable world, said British Prime Minister David Cameron in his role as co-chair of the body.

UN’s Ban urges accelerated action on health-related MDGs for women, children

The planet’s social and economic inequalities must be addressed if women and children are to “survive and thrive,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged today, calling for accelerated action on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 deadline.

Diverse partnerships key to solving sustainable development challenges, UN forum told

The United Nations is looking to harness the benefits of science, technology and innovation to create jobs, end poverty, reduce inequality and address other challenges in sustainable development, senior officials today told UN partners in a special event during the 1,000 Days of Action for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

Energy, climate change and poverty top Ban’s agenda on sidelines of World Bank-IMF meeting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting today with public and private donors on the sidelines of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington DC to discuss financing energy, poverty and sustainable development projects to boost progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Ban meets with UN partners in Washington DC to boost ‘quality and equality’ of education

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown are in Washington DC to meet with international government and development partners on how to accelerate progress towards the United Nations Global Education First Initiative to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship by the end of 2015.

UN General Assembly focussing on current and future development agenda, its president says

The United Nations General Assembly is focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and fostering a successor development agenda, the President of the UN body said today, highlighting upcoming events to increase momentum as the 2015 deadline for both efforts approaches.

General Assembly, in special debate, aims to boost interaction between UN and G20

The United Nations General Assembly today is holding a thematic debate with the Group of 20 major economies, or G20, to strengthen interaction between the two bodies and to improve global economic governance.

ECOSOC president holds first ever meeting with Pope to advance humanitarian agenda

The president of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Néstor Osorio, met today with newly elected Pope Francis to discuss the global fight against poverty, the first time the head of the United Nations’ development body has ever met with a leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

UN chief urges Member States, staff to participate in MDG 1,000 Days of Action

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today rallied the United Nations community in a Call to Action, capping off a week of activities to spur accelerated progress in the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).