UN urges increase in role of financial services across global postal sector

The global postal sector should increase its financial services in an effort to reach millions of unbanked people, help grow small and medium-sized businesses and reduce poverty overall, according to a study released today by the United Nations global post agency.

‘Far-reaching vision’ for growth and jobs urged at start of UN development dialogue

Opening the General Assembly’s dialogue on meeting international development goals today, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called for a broad, sustainable and” far-reaching vision” that aimed not only to overcome the recent global financial crisis, but also to create jobs and protect the environment.

Ban names high-level panel to map out 'bold' vision for future global development efforts

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Progress on UN Millennium Development Goals to be tracked by online platform

The United Nations today launched an online platform that will track the progress on the financial and policy commitments made by countries towards realizing the anti-poverty and social development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

World meets goal of boosting access to clean water but lags on better sanitation – UN

The goal of reducing by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water has been achieved, well ahead of the 2015 deadline for reaching the globally agreed development targets aimed at ridding the world of extreme poverty, hunger and preventable diseases, the United Nations said today.

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.