Women hold key to reaching development goals – Migiro

Efforts to meet international development goals must focus on empowering women, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said last night in a speech delivered at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Urgent action crucial for Africa to meet its development targets – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged scaled-up action – including raising agricultural productivity across Africa – so that the continent can meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015.

Global figures to gather at UN next week on advancing Africa’s development

International development leaders will convene at United Nations Headquarters in New York next week to address how to accelerate Africa’s progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets the world has set itself to slash poverty, hunger, maternal and infant mortality, and other social ills, all by 2015.

Development not a privilege but a right for all, says Ban Ki-moon

Addressing the largest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that development should not be “a privilege of the few, but a right for all.”

Parts of Asia-Pacific region lag behind Africa in reaching antipoverty goals – UN

A new United Nations report assessing progress in the Asia-Pacific region on reaching the antipoverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) paints a mixed picture of progress in some parts of the region even as others lag behind Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Asia sees drop in poverty but rising inequality – UN report

Rapid economic growth has spurred progress in the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger in Asia, where the proportion of people living on a dollar a day has been cut by half, but inequality is also growing in parts of the region, says a United Nations report released today in Bangkok.

Rwanda signs on for ‘One UN’ pilot scheme to harmonize development efforts

The United Nations and the Government of Rwanda have officially announced that the central African country will participate in the “One UN” pilot programme which seeks to better coordinate development activities nationally.

General Assembly to hold special session to accelerate progress on development goals

Top executives from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, the Soros Foundation and Sun Microsystems will be on hand next week when the United Nations General Assembly opens a special meeting on reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global antipoverty targets, through partnerships with the private sector and others.

UN’s agricultural and educational agencies spotlight rural Caribbean poverty

With rural poverty high and the level of rural education low in Caribbean countries, the United Nations agricultural and educational agencies today opened a two-day regional meeting in St. Lucia on nutrition, education and HIV/AIDS.

Teacher shortages threaten primary education goal in Africa, Arab States – UN

Looming teacher shortages could prevent sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States from achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of providing universal primary education (UPE) by 2015, according to a new United Nations report.