FEATURE: Climate change and sustainability key to future development agenda, says former UN official

As United Nations Member States come together to launch the future sustainable development agenda, 2015 seems set to be a year of momentous change for the international community.

Accountability key to ensuring development progress beyond 2015 – UN officials

As Member States continue work on a new post-2015 development agenda, United Nations officials today stressed the need for a robust yet flexible accountability framework to assess progress and achieve results, as well as ensure that all actors honour their commitments.

Global Citizen Festival: Ban, Stevie Wonder and tens of thousands unite to end poverty

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder and an audience of an estimated 60,000 people this weekend to raise their voices to end extreme poverty worldwide, at the second annual Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park.

At UN, world leaders agree to scale up actions against poverty, set new development goals

World leaders meeting at United Nations Headquarters today agreed to take bolder action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and called for a summit to take place in 2015 to adopt the next set of anti-poverty goals, which will heavily focus on achieving sustainable development.

Ban urges greater action in Africa to meeting anti-poverty, sustainability goals

Now is the time for African countries, development partners and the international community to boost action towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to shape a shared vision a universal sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.

In key report, Ban outlines vision for ‘bold’ action to achieve MDGs, set future sustainable development agenda

Ahead of an upcoming special General Assembly event next month on efforts by United Nations Member States to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define a new universal development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released a report, A Life of Dignity for All, containing his updates on the Goals and vision for the road ahead.

Health gap between countries is narrowing, but challenges remain – UN report

The health gap between poor and rich countries has narrowed significantly over the past two decades according to a United Nations report released today, which stresses that in spite of this progress, challenges still remain to achieve the health targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

During Spain visit, UN Chief kicks off Real Madrid/Levante soccer match

Sporting a white jersey with the number 1,000 on his back, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today kicked off the Real Madrid-Levante match at the Santiago Bernanéu stadium in the Spanish capital of Madrid.

Despite significant progress on development goals, many challenges remain – UN official

While countries have made remarkable progress in the achievement of some of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there are still areas where too little has occurred since nations first committed to work on these issues in 2000, a United Nations official said today.

High level group reaffirms commitment to develop framework to fight global poverty

The panel tasked with advising on the global development agenda beyond 2015, the target date for achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), today reaffirmed its commitment to work together on a framework to combat poverty.