Secretary-General urges steps to protect global environment amid economic growth

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responding to environmental degradation and persisting poverty amid global economic growth, has proposed a new action plan to be considered by negotiators gathering next year in Johannesburg for a United Nations meeting on sustainable development.

Asian countries look for ways to reduce urban poor at UN-backed meeting

Alleviating poverty was high on the agenda as delegates gathered in Bangkok today at a meeting organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to review the region’s progress in achieving goals set by recent global and regional action plans.

New UN agricultural study to help reduce poverty among small farmers

With international investment in agriculture at an all-time low and more than 70 per cent of the world's poor living in rural areas, a landmark United Nations study on the future of agriculture in developing countries identifies options for poor farmers in more than 70 different farming systems around the world.

Poverty, health - big challenges for Asia-Pacific region, UN official tells meeting

Poverty and health concerns top the agenda of a conference between leaders of Asia-Pacific sub-regional organizations and the United Nations regional economic and social commission, which opened today in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Annan urges concrete steps to reach global poverty reduction goals

Attaining global goals for cutting poverty will require pro-active measures aimed at helping the poor and generating economic growth, according to a new report by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

UNDP and Uganda sign $20 million programme to eradicate poverty

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Uganda have signed a new six-year programme to help eradicate poverty in that country.

Asian Development Bank, UN agency join forces against poverty

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today entered into a new strategic partnership to strengthen poverty reduction initiatives in Asia and the Pacific.

Poverty and debt top agenda of UN-Bretton Woods meeting in New York

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told a gathering of key financial decision-makers that they must focus their efforts on helping the world's poor, who suffer disproportionately from shocks to the world's economy.

UN welcomes Summit of Americas pledge to support anti-poverty goals

The United Nations today welcomed the commitment by leaders of countries from throughout the Americas to support the anti-poverty goals set by the world body last year.

Countries urged to fight poverty by increasing access to renewable energy

A global financial mechanism is urging United Nations Member States and the private sector to join it in fighting poverty by improving access to renewable energy technologies.