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.

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.