General Assembly president urges Member States to deliver on Summit declaration

Member States have the duty to ensure that this week’s World Summit outcome document makes a real difference in the outside world, especially given the anger of so many people about the pace of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the General Assembly’s President Jan Eliasson said today.

Africa can move faster on achieving development goals, says UN report

Despite widespread pessimism, some African countries are on course to meet key internationally-set development goals and many more could meet the targets if they adopt the right policies now, says a new report from the United Nations regional commission for the continent.

Fréchette says women’s equality crucial to achieving development goals

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to achieving major development goals as well as many of the commitments made at all major United Nations conferences and summits since the 1990s, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said in anticipation of this week’s World Summit in New York.

Imbalances pose risk for global economy – UNCTAD

The world economy is still expanding in 2005, but there are serious risks of a setback should the United States economy – the main engine of growth – run out of steam before other countries or regions are able to take over that role, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), said in a new report.

UN Volunteers take the stage at Japan Expo

The critical role of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in promoting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be highlighted at Expo 2005 at the UN Pavilion in Aichi, Japan this month.

Volunteerism can boost efforts to achieve global development targets – Annan

Volunteerism is increasingly being seen as aiding the progress of societies towards fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the General Assembly.

Secretary-General stresses importance of biodiversity to human health

Failure to conserve and use biological diversity in a sustainable manner would result in degrading environments, new and more rampant illnesses, deepening poverty and a continued pattern of inequitable and untenable growth, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today in a message to an international forum on biodiversity and health.

New funding vital for reaching Millennium Development Goals in health - UN

Without vital new investment, there is no chance of reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of improving health care worldwide, and millions of people in developing countries will continue to die annually from mostly preventable diseases, according to a new United Nations report released today.