Ban urges concerted new drive towards achieving UN anti-poverty goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an “aggressive push” towards attaining the anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015, after a new United Nations report found that progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is threatened by high food and fuel prices and the global economic slowdown.

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today’s challenges

In an ever increasingly interdependent world, where challenges such as climate change, development and security transcend national boundaries, it is in everyone’s best interest to think globally, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told students at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where the United Nations chief received an honorary degree today.

New UN report ‘sounds strong alarm’ on gaps in achieving development goals

Trade and aid are still major barriers to achieving the anti-poverty goals that countries committed themselves to achieving by 2015, despite significant progress in debt relief for the poorest States, according to a United Nations report launched today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Women’s empowerment key to achieving development targets, UN forum told

Women’s empowerment is critical for countries in Asia and the Pacific to advance towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, all by 2015, according to participants at a United Nations forum held in the Thai capital.

Migiro calls on academics to play role in achieving global development targets

Academia can and should play a critical role in helping United Nations Member States to achieve the globally agreed anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the Deputy Secretary-General said today.

G-8 commitment to global health lauded by UN agencies

Two United Nations agencies have welcomed commitments made by the leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized nations regarding global health, voicing hope that their pledges will boost care for the world’s most vulnerable.

UN-backed group issues recommendations on advancing Africa’s development

International development leaders today issued a series of recommendations in such areas as agriculture, education, health and infrastructure to speed up Africa’s progress towards reaching the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.

Ban urges East Asian action on climate change, food security and development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Japan and the Republic of Korea to step up their efforts on climate change, food security and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in a speech to the Japan Society and the Korea Society in New York.

UN and British Government launch business push for MDGs

A dozen international companies announced concrete initiatives to apply business expertise to tackle poverty at an event hosted in London today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the British Government.

UN System Staff College allows better delivery of results, says Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations System Staff College contributes to efforts by the Organization to unify its activities to more efficiently help the world’s people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in New York today.