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).

UN study emphasises economic growth as a poverty reduction strategy

Current poverty reduction approaches that separate poverty from the broader process of economic growth and development are unlikely to succeed and could leave about 1 billion people destitute by 2015, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Joint UN-NGO conference in Australia to focus on global health

The joint conference of the United Nations department of public information and non-governmental organizations, which gets under way in Australia tomorrow, will this year focus on global health in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aiming to attract greater participation of civil society from the Asia-Pacific region.

Ban urges G20 leaders to invest in 'green' economy on second day of Toronto summit

In a continued push to keep the poorest and most vulnerable at the forefront of international discussions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) to scale up investment in clean energy and green economy as part of the effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UN identifies strategies to accelerate development and poverty reduction

Development models that focus attention on the poor while expanding job opportunities, increased government spending on social services and aid flows from affluent nations are all successful strategies for alleviating global poverty, the United Nations says.

Former Swiss leader elected as next President of General Assembly

A former leader of Switzerland who was instrumental in his country joining the United Nations eight years ago was today chosen by the world body’s 192 Member States to serve as the next President of the General Assembly.

New UN photo contest focuses on fighting poverty, spurring development

The United Nations today co-launched its second annual photo contest spotlighting efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash a host of social ills by 2015, including extreme hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality and lack of access to education and health care.

If music be the food…, play on: UN launches song in war on hunger in Africa

The United Nations today mobilized some of the foremost artists of Africa and the airwaves of the world in launching a song and video to drum up support for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of combating hunger and poverty across the continent.

Armed violence a major obstacle to development – UN agency

Armed violence remains one of the main obstacles to the achievement the social development and poverty alleviation targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations development chief said today at a conference to address the problem.