UN reports improved access to safe drinking water, but poorest still lagging

The internationally stated goal of improving access to safe drinking water across the globe is likely to be achieved well ahead of the 2015 deadline, but large numbers of people in the world’s least developed regions will still not benefit, according to a United Nations report released today.

Top UN officials praise gains of African development partnership

The President of the General Assembly today praised the African initiative created to enhance the continent’s economic growth, development and participation in the global economy, saying it has contributed significantly towards the socio-economic progress achieved over the past decade.

Africa’s pace towards development slow and uneven, despite gains – UN

Africa’s overall progress towards achieving the internationally agreed targets to eradicate extreme poverty and accelerate social development has been slow and generally insufficient to meet the 2015 deadline, the United Nations says in a new report unveiled today, noting, however, that there have been small gains.

UN-backed Millennium Villages project in Africa launches second phase

A United Nations-backed initiative designed to accelerate efforts to attain social development and eradicate extreme poverty in rural Africa today launched its second phase, aiming to improve the living standards of an estimated half a million people across the continent.

‘Group of 77’ developing nations have crucial role in banishing poverty, says Ban

From achieving current development goals to securing even more ambitious targets, the bloc of developing nations known as the Group of 77 and China has a pivotal role to play in achieving the ultimate goal of a world free from poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN chief reiterates need to accelerate efforts to achieve global anti-poverty goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again today stressed the need to accelerate efforts to accomplish the global poverty eradication and social development targets, urging all partners, including the private sector and civil society, to work with governments to ensure the goals are achieved by the 2015 deadline.

UN reports progress towards poverty alleviation, urges increased support for the poorest

Some of the world’s poorest countries have made impressive gains in the fight against poverty, but the least developed countries still lag in efforts to improve living standards, the United Nations said today in a report showing significant overall progress towards achieving the global targets against extreme poverty.