Linking jobs, poverty reduction, sustainable development vital for post-2015 agenda –UN officials

With myriad technological, demographic and financial factors impacting all facets of labour – perhaps even giving the idea of work an altogether different meaning in the years to come – two key United Nations bodies joined forces today to examine “the future of employment” and the need for bold action to ensure the post-2015 development agenda provides decent work for all.

Partnerships vital for addressing sustainable development challenges – UN officials

Partnerships are vital if countries want to reduce poverty and advance economic and social progress, United Nations officials stressed today, as they considered ways to address challenges and accelerate the achievement of the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

States, civil society embarking on new partnership, says UN Assembly President

The General Assembly is embarking on a new partnership between Member States and civil society, the President of the 68th body, John Ashe, today said highlighting the role of non-governmental organizations and other partners in shaping a new global development agenda.

‘Group of 77’ nations key to shaping post-2015 development agenda, say UN officials

Top United Nations officials today stressed the importance of the participation of the bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 (G-77) and China in shaping the global development agenda beyond 2015.

As deadline nears, UN officials call for accelerating progress on anti-poverty goals

With the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) looming, United Nations officials today called on countries to accelerate action to meet the global targets that have spurred the fastest reduction of poverty in human history.

New development agenda must be disability-inclusive – UN high-level meeting

The rights of persons with disabilities must be directly addressed by the post-2015 development agenda, United Nations officials today urged a High-level meeting of the General Assembly, where world leaders pledged to work together on national and international policies that enhance and promote disability-inclusive development.

Ban calls on political, business leaders for final push to realize anti-poverty goals

With just over 800 days left to achieve the most ambitious anti-poverty programme the world has ever seen, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gathered today at UN Headquarters heads of State and representatives of business, civil society and philanthropic organizations to fuel a final push to propel the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) across the finishing line.

On eve of General Assembly week, UN 'sets stage' for sustainable development talks

General Assembly President John Ashe and Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson spoke today with more than 1,100 civil society representatives about their priorities for global sustainable development in the years following the end of the current development cycle in 2015.

Renewed, stronger partnerships needed to close gaps on anti-poverty goals – UN reports

The international community must live up to the commitments it made in support of achieving universally accepted anti-poverty targets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said launching a new report which finds that despite significant successes, the global economic slowdown continues to hinder progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

World saved some 90 million children but likely to miss global target, UN agency reports

Global and national efforts to end preventable deaths of children under-five years of age saved some 90 million lives in the past two decades, but at the current rate, a universal promise to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015 will not be reached, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.