Ban Ki-moon envisions ‘African century’ – if development goals are met

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for accelerated efforts to reach international development goals to usher in a century of flourishing on the continent.

World cities at UN forum unite to reduce poverty and boost democracy

Representatives of cities from 100 countries around the world are meeting in Athens, Greece, to create local plans to achieve international development goals through the promotion of democracy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today.

Wise owl and pregnant statue represent UN Millennium Goals in Latin America

An owl, the symbol of wisdom used by Aztec wisemen, a 3,000-year-old sculpture of an ear of corn, and stone image of a pregnant woman are among a new series of icons that will symbolize the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on T-shirts, posters and banners in Latin America.

UN launches new programme for girls’ education in West and Central Africa

The United Nations has launched a new broad based initiative in West and Central Africa to increase girls’ access to quality education in an effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of universal primary education and gender equality.

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.