UN-backed Millennium Villages project in Africa launches second phase

A United Nations-backed initiative designed to accelerate efforts to attain social development and eradicate extreme poverty in rural Africa today launched its second phase, aiming to improve the living standards of an estimated half a million people across the continent.

‘Group of 77’ developing nations have crucial role in banishing poverty, says Ban

From achieving current development goals to securing even more ambitious targets, the bloc of developing nations known as the Group of 77 and China has a pivotal role to play in achieving the ultimate goal of a world free from poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN chief reiterates need to accelerate efforts to achieve global anti-poverty goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again today stressed the need to accelerate efforts to accomplish the global poverty eradication and social development targets, urging all partners, including the private sector and civil society, to work with governments to ensure the goals are achieved by the 2015 deadline.

UN reports progress towards poverty alleviation, urges increased support for the poorest

Some of the world’s poorest countries have made impressive gains in the fight against poverty, but the least developed countries still lag in efforts to improve living standards, the United Nations said today in a report showing significant overall progress towards achieving the global targets against extreme poverty.

Experts at UN-backed meeting stress local approach to development initiatives

Development models that harness the potential of specific areas can help solve the problem of regional disparities in social advancement in the world’s poorest countries, according to experts attending a United Nations-convened forum on local development.

UN human rights chief welcomes MDG summit outcome and notes some gaps

The United Nations human rights chief has described as “a very significant advance” the outcome document of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit, but noted a number of gaps in some aspects of the global plan of action to eradicate poverty and end social-economic inequality.

Ban discusses fair development financing with UN Special Advocate

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks today with a series of senior national officials on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a day after the United Nations wrapped up a three-day summit measuring the progress towards the eight targets for overcoming various social and economic ills.

Ban mobilizes his ‘superheroes’ to give added thrust to MDGs

Continuing his drive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today rallied his “superheroes,” a group of eminent personalities he appointed to boost the effort to slash hunger, poverty, disease and lack of access to education by 2015.

Development, cooperation and security the focus of Ban’s talks with Asian leaders

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has met with two Asian leaders to discuss various regional issues, as the General Assembly summit assessing progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) continues at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN-backed ‘clean stove’ initiative to save lives and heal environment

A United Nations-backed intervention involving cook stoves holds the promise of saving lives, uplifting health, improving regional environments, reducing deforestation, empowering local entrepreneurs, speeding development, and helping to stem global climate change.