UN meeting hears call for greater Asia-Pacific cooperation on development goals

Asia-Pacific countries need to boost their cooperation with each other if the region is to achieve the series of social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline, a United Nations meeting heard today.

UN and volleyball partner to promote global anti-poverty goals

Continuing its efforts to harness the power of sport to raise awareness about international issues and effect social change, the United Nations is partnering with volleyball to use the sport to spotlight the campaign to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Comic book on UN anti-poverty goals honoured with prize

A comic book produced by the United Nations to raise awareness and to educate children around the world about the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was honoured today with a prize at an awards ceremony in Monaco.

UN advocates agree to targeted actions in support of anti-poverty goals

Eminent personalities from the private sector, academia, governments and civil society have agreed to lead a series of targeted actions to boost the achievement of the United Nations targets to slash hunger, poverty, disease and lack of access to education by 2015.

Donor support to help reduce poverty and improve lives still falling short – UN

Donors need to intensify their support to help countries achieve the globally agreed goals of slashing hunger, poverty, disease and a host of other social ills by the target date of 2015, says a new United Nations report released today.

Investing in fight against poverty brings results, General Assembly hears

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today stressed the need to protect development gains achieved so far despite the fiscal austerity measures undertaken in the wake of the global financial crisis, saying great social benefits arise from investing in poverty eradication programmes.

Secretary-General presses for bold measures to meet development goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged ministers from around the world to “act boldly” to meet the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their deadline of 2015.

Kyrgyzstan making development gains, but needs to tackle HIV/AIDS – UN official

Kyrgyzstan is making significant progress towards key economic and social development targets but needs to do much more to tackle the spread of HIV/AIDS, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the Central Asian country.

UN development chief opens new centre to promote role of business in fighting poverty

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today inaugurated a new centre that aims to encourage the private sector to take a greater role in anti-poverty efforts and create more jobs.

Secretary-General pledges continued UN support for Arab countries’ development efforts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the United Nations stands ready to support the efforts of Arab governments and their partners to achieve shared social and economic goals, with the aim of laying the foundation for a more peaceful and prosperous future.