Secretary-General stresses importance of biodiversity to human health

Failure to conserve and use biological diversity in a sustainable manner would result in degrading environments, new and more rampant illnesses, deepening poverty and a continued pattern of inequitable and untenable growth, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today in a message to an international forum on biodiversity and health.

New funding vital for reaching Millennium Development Goals in health - UN

Without vital new investment, there is no chance of reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of improving health care worldwide, and millions of people in developing countries will continue to die annually from mostly preventable diseases, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Women hold key to eradicating poverty, UN officials tell commission

Women hold the key to eradicating poverty worldwide, but must be supported in their efforts to lead families, societies and nations towards prosperity, senior United Nations officials told an intergovernmental meeting in New York today.