Partnering with private sector crucial to achieving MDGs – Assembly President

Closer partnerships with the private sector are essential to making headway in the race to achieve the eight anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the President of the United Nations General Assembly told a major private sector event in London today.

Efforts to reach Asia-Pacific development targets threatened by gaps – UN

Without filling gaps in key areas – including child and maternal mortality, environmental sustainability and water and sanitation – countries of the Asia-Pacific region may not be able to meet all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a new United Nations-backed report cautioned.

Quick progress on Millennium Development Goals ‘obviously possible’ – Migiro

Although many countries remain off track in meeting the ambitious Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash hunger poverty and a host of other social ills by 2015, quick and significant progress is obviously possible, according to Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro.

Assembly chief proposes annual meetings to chart progress on anti-poverty goals

The General Assembly should meet every year until 2015 to take stock of the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to hold all partners to account for the commitments they have made to fight poverty and other ills, its President Srgjan Kerim said today at the conclusion of this week’s special debate on the issue.

Investments in agriculture key to reducing poverty in Africa – UN official

A senior United Nations official has called for greater investments in agriculture and rural development to boost economic growth and reduce poverty in Africa, both of which are critical to achieving the global target of halving poverty and hunger by 2015.

Mutual accountability needed to achieve anti-poverty goals – Assembly President

Mutual accountability between rich and poor States is the only way forward to achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today, addressing a debate on how to best achieve those Goals by 2015.

Stars from sport and arts team up for photographs in UN anti-poverty campaign

Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova and United States basketball star LeBron James are among 50 celebrities from the fields of sport, arts, fashion and business teaming up in new advertisements organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Time to translate anti-poverty commitments into action, says Assembly President

The world has “a critical window of opportunity” this year to accelerate progress towards the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by translating earlier broad commitments into concrete action, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today.

Upcoming World Expo occasion to showcase ‘One UN,’ says head of UN Pavilion

The head of the United Nations Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 said that the event offers an opportunity to show how the various agencies in the UN system can work together as one and also provides an occasion to promote the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Ban Ki-moon praises development outreach centres for South-East Asia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a proposal for outreach centres throughout South-East Asia to promote international targets to slash a raft of global ills by the year 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).