Better jobs, fairer globalization needed to halve world’s poor by 2015 – UN report

With half the world's workers unable to earn enough to rise above the $2 a day poverty line, fairer globalization and better jobs are vital to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of global poor by 2015, according to a new report published today.

Five young people honoured at UN for anti-poverty work

By tackling poverty through AIDS prevention, conflict resolution and educational initiatives, five young people from across the globe received awards from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at a special ceremony today at the world body’s Headquarters in New York.

Rural poor devise best programmes to help themselves, UN says

Programmes to eradicate hunger and poverty are more effective when the poor help to plan and implement them, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says.

Strengthening families vital to the struggle against poverty, UN official says

Formulating policies to strengthen families must be a key component of worldwide and national efforts to eradicate poverty, a senior United Nations official said today.

Fréchette calls for closer ties between UN and business in service of development

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette has issued a call for stronger ties between the United Nations and businesses in order to reach global anti-poverty targets and ensure that the benefits of globalization are more fairly distributed.

Despite some progress, Asia-Pacific region still menaced by hunger – UN official

While considerable progress has been made in the Asia-Pacific region towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) such as halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, some 766 million people there still live on less than $1 a day, a senior United Nations official told a workshop in Manila today.

World’s fastest marathon runner joins UN race to beat hunger

Marathon world record holder Paul Tergat today joined the United Nations race to defeat global hunger when he was appointed a special ambassador of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which already feeds more than 15 million children in 64 countries and aims to reach 50 million by 2007.

Annan urges world leaders to re-focus on threats such as poverty and hunger

The world’s leaders must re-focus their energies on such threats as extreme poverty, hunger, endemic diseases and environmental degradation after a year in which they were distracted by other threats, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.