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.

UN chief urges meeting anti-poverty, sustainability goals and accord on climate change

Ahead of next week’s opening of a new General Assembly session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon detailed an agenda for Member States that includes achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), shaping a shared vision for a universal sustainable development agenda and reaching a legally binding agreement on climate change.

Enhanced South-South cooperation can boost achievement of development goals – UN chief

Cooperation among developing countries plays an essential role in advancing development worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for increased efforts to boost wealth and knowledge in the global South.

At high-level forum, top UN officials stress importance of individual in ‘culture of peace’

People in positions of power and authority have a moral and political responsibility to improve understanding across borders and cultures, top United Nations officials said opening a day-long General Assembly forum on the promotion of a ‘culture of peace.’

In St. Petersburg, UN chief stresses need for cooperation to tackle global issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the need for global cooperation, particularly towards accelerating progress on agreed goals in education, poverty eradication and sustainable development, as leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) prepare to meet in the Russian city of St. Petersburg to discuss pressing global issues.

At Alpbach, UN chief urges greater action to meet anti-poverty, sustainability goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants at the European Forum Alpbach to boost action towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to shape a shared vision for a universal sustainable development agenda.

In university lecture, Ban notes shared responsibility to protect rights, freedoms

Development, peace and security, and human rights are interdependent, mutually reinforcing dimensions of freedom, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said at the historic Leiden University in the Netherlands urging world leaders to make sure no person is left behind.