Experts at UN-backed meeting stress local approach to development initiatives

Development models that harness the potential of specific areas can help solve the problem of regional disparities in social advancement in the world’s poorest countries, according to experts attending a United Nations-convened forum on local development.

UN human rights chief welcomes MDG summit outcome and notes some gaps

The United Nations human rights chief has described as “a very significant advance” the outcome document of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit, but noted a number of gaps in some aspects of the global plan of action to eradicate poverty and end social-economic inequality.

Ban discusses fair development financing with UN Special Advocate

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks today with a series of senior national officials on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a day after the United Nations wrapped up a three-day summit measuring the progress towards the eight targets for overcoming various social and economic ills.

Ban mobilizes his ‘superheroes’ to give added thrust to MDGs

Continuing his drive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today rallied his “superheroes,” a group of eminent personalities he appointed to boost the effort to slash hunger, poverty, disease and lack of access to education by 2015.

Development, cooperation and security the focus of Ban’s talks with Asian leaders

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has met with two Asian leaders to discuss various regional issues, as the General Assembly summit assessing progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) continues at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN-backed ‘clean stove’ initiative to save lives and heal environment

A United Nations-backed intervention involving cook stoves holds the promise of saving lives, uplifting health, improving regional environments, reducing deforestation, empowering local entrepreneurs, speeding development, and helping to stem global climate change.

Ban calls on sports to help score the eight Millennium Development Goals

Sports have a significant role to play in development goals, both as an example of the benefits of teamwork and as an advocate for aiding the poor, sick and hungry when its champions become spokespersons for United Nations humanitarian agencies, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Swimmer makes a global splash to support Millennium Development Goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated a swimmer from the Dominican Republic who has swum between the Earth’s continents in a marathon endeavour to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and inspire efforts to achieve them by their 2015 deadline.

Tackle gender disparities to meet development goals, deputy UN chief says

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called on participants at a United Nations forum on gender equality and development goals to act quickly to tackle the inequalities that are at the root of today’s development challenges.

Senior UN official in Eastern Europe to highlight poverty reduction programmes

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is visiting Montenegro and Moldova to highlight the two countries’ poverty reduction and social development efforts ahead of the UN summit to review global progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).