Ban to travel to Canada and Turkey for talks on development, Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ottawa on Wednesday to discuss a range of global issues with the Canadian leadership, including progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), followed by a visit to Turkey next week for a high-level gathering on Somalia.

UNDP chief embarks on African tour to promote development goals

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) begins a four-country visit to Africa today to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets agreed upon by world leaders with a 2015 deadline.

Muslim philanthropists gather at UN-backed event to discuss hunger, development

Muslim philanthropists, along with Government and business leaders from around the world, are gathering in Doha, Qatar, to discuss hunger, development and technology at a United Nations-backed gathering which kicked off today.

UNDP chief pays tribute to outgoing head of campaign on anti-poverty goals

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today hailed the efforts of the outgoing head of the world body’s campaign to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as he announces he is leaving his position to assume the top post at the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International.

Yearbook for 2006 spotlights UN’s efforts to ‘deliver as one’

Highlighting events that include the creation of the Human Rights Council and the election of Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General, the 2006 Yearbook of the United Nations was released today, showing the world body’s unified efforts to respond to challenges on multiple fronts.

Innovative solutions, partnerships key to eradicating poverty, says UN chief

Groundbreaking ideas and collaborative efforts are crucial in advancing the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told over 300 leaders from business, foundations and non-governmental organizations.

World must help Africa reap rewards from its economic efforts – Migiro

Now that African countries have made great strides in adapting to globalization through economic reform, the international community must help them transform their gains into real reductions in poverty, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said.

‘Group of 77’ developing countries critical to overcoming global crises, Ban says

The cooperation of developing nations is critical to overcome the concurrent crises in finance, climate change, global health and extreme poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the ‘Group of 77’ States today, at a ceremony where the leadership of the powerful caucus passed from Antigua and Barbuda to Sudan.

Ban Ki-moon envisions ‘African century’ – if development goals are met

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for accelerated efforts to reach international development goals to usher in a century of flourishing on the continent.

World cities at UN forum unite to reduce poverty and boost democracy

Representatives of cities from 100 countries around the world are meeting in Athens, Greece, to create local plans to achieve international development goals through the promotion of democracy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today.