Development gains must not be lost amid current crises – Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today urged countries to work together to ensure that critical development gains are not lost at a time when the world’s people are facing multiple crises involving food, fuel and finance, all of which threaten global anti-poverty efforts.

To scale up efficiency, UN agencies jointly launch information-sharing initiative

United Nations agencies today joined forces on a new online project to share information and expertise, as part of a broader Organization-wide effort to boost efficiency by eliminating duplicate activities and cutting costs.

Ban holds talks with economists on impact of financial crisis on poverty goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with five eminent economists and the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to discuss the impact of the global financial crisis on UN efforts to achieve the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Top economists to meet Ban to discuss impact of global financial crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with a group of eminent economists tomorrow as part of his evaluation of the impact of the global financial crisis on United Nations efforts to achieve the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Record-breaking 117 million people stand with UN against poverty

Shattering previous records, nearly 117 million people in 131 countries stood up last weekend as part of a United Nations-led campaign to demand that world leaders keep their promises to halve extreme poverty and achieve the other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015.

Ban urges closer relations between UN and Red Cross, Red Crescent societies

The already close relationship between the United Nations and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies should be strengthened even more to ensure a better response to disasters and crises and greater progress in the campaign against extreme poverty.

Ban joins colleagues in compelling States to act against poverty

Senior United Nations officials today urged the international community to strengthen its efforts to lift the 1.4 billion people around the world living in abject poverty out of their desperate situation, as they marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

UN stands up with millions across the world to take action against poverty

There is no time to waste in the fight against poverty, the Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro warned as she led a gathering at the United Nations to symbolically stand up against poverty today, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Soccer stars to score goal against poverty in Moroccan match, says UN agency

World Cup winners and United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors, Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane, announced today that the sixth annual football “Match Against Poverty” will take place in Morocco next month.

Winners announced for UN potato-themed photography contest

A Peruvian and a Chinese photographer were announced today as winners of a world photography contest, launched by the United Nations to highlight the potato’s key role in agriculture, the economy and world food security.