UN development agency aims to sharpen focus on global goals, increase transparency

The United Nations development agency is working towards bringing more focus to its efforts to reach global development goals, respond better to emergencies – based partly on lessons learned from the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami – and raise its transparency level up to wider UN standards, a senior official said today.

Three young athletes run the Sahara in UN-backed bid to focus on global water crisis

Running over endless sands and camel tracks, past towering dunes, stark rock mountains and mud-brick mosques, through oases and nomad settlements, three young athletes are pounding their way across the Sahara Desert, covering the equivalent of two marathons a day in some of the harshest conditions on Earth in a United Nations-backed bid to raise awareness of the burgeoning global water crisis.

With UN, Ronaldo and Zidane spotlight bid to promote ‘green’ 2010 World Cup

United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors and renowned international football players Ronaldo Luiz Nazariode Lima and Zinédine Zidane along with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today issued a joint statement supporting plans to build a cleaner, healthier, energy-efficient public transport system in South Africa in time for the 2010 World Cup.

Dutch diplomat Ad Melkert named to senior post at UN Development Programme

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Ad Melkert of the Netherlands to serve as Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).