Ban calls on sports to help score the eight Millennium Development Goals

Sports have a significant role to play in development goals, both as an example of the benefits of teamwork and as an advocate for aiding the poor, sick and hungry when its champions become spokespersons for United Nations humanitarian agencies, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Swimmer makes a global splash to support Millennium Development Goals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated a swimmer from the Dominican Republic who has swum between the Earth’s continents in a marathon endeavour to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and inspire efforts to achieve them by their 2015 deadline.

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.