Millions of rural poor to receive banking services under UN-backed initiative

Two companies from India and South Africa announced today their commitment to provide banking services to 30 million low-income people living in rural areas by 2015, as part of their support for a United Nations-backed initiative to fight poverty.

Ban exhorts academia to find solutions to global hunger, poverty and intolerance

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted the world’s academic community to find solutions to global hunger and malnutrition, come up with ideas to promote sustainable and inclusive development, and advance tolerance through mutual respect and understanding.

Global recovery must start with the poor – UN human rights expert

Unjustified cuts in aid to the poor during a financial crisis could violate human rights standards, and economic recovery must start with the most vulnerable, according to a United Nations human rights expert.

Swedish ‘lottery of life’ campaign wins UN award for public service advertising

An interactive campaign from Sweden that asks the public to place themselves in the shoes of someone less fortunate and imagine what their daily lives would then be like is this year’s winner of a United Nations award designed to honour advertising that promotes the ideals and goals of the world body.

Ireland’s vulnerable groups most threatened by financial crisis, warns UN expert

Ireland’s economic and financial crisis poses a disproportionate threat to vulnerable groups in the European country who did not benefit much even when the economy was booming, the United Nations independent expert on human rights and extreme poverty said today.