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.

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.