Greater cooperation among developing nations vital to fighting poverty – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged greater economic cooperation and exchange of ideas among developing countries to boost efforts to alleviate poverty, saying that millions of people are still unable to meet their basic needs despite the rapid economic growth in some emerging economies.

Soccer striker Drogba kicks off UN-backed fair elections campaign in Africa

Football superstar Didier Drogba today kicked off a United Nations-sponsored campaign to highlight the capacity of democratic and transparent elections to lift people in some of the world’s poorest countries out of poverty through accountable and transparent governance.

UN agency helps Jamaicans rebuild lives after deadly outbreak of violence

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is helping the residents of a district of the Jamaican capital rebuild their livelihoods in the wake of violent unrest earlier this year during a security operation aimed at arresting a man accused of running a drug cartel.

UN officials mourn five seminar participants killed in accident in Jordan

Two senior United Nations officials today expressed deep sadness over the deaths of five people, including two contractors for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and three Iraqi officials, who were killed in a bus accident in Jordan yesterday.

UN agency to begin training electoral observers ahead of Solomon Islands polls

Officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will this weekend begin training and briefing more than 60 international observers who have arrived in the Solomon Islands to monitor parliamentary elections being staged next week.

UN and Oxford University unveil new index to measure poverty

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford University today launched a new index to measure poverty levels which they said give a “multidimensional” picture of people living in hardship, and could help target development resources more effectively.

Tennis ace bound for Belarus to visit UN projects helping youth after Chernobyl

The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova will head from the Wimbledon tournament, where she is currently competing, to Belarus to visit an area in the southeast affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Early public investment key to universal access to energy utilities – UN report

Nearly a million people in rural Nepal have access to energy thanks to two United Nations development programmes which show that early investment by national governments and communities can attract private financing and extend access to utilities, according to a UN report released today.

UN official’s visit to Tanzania focuses on development and conservation

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today met with Tanzania’s finance minister to discuss the country’s progress towards achieving the social development and poverty alleviation targets known as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UN official pledges continued support for national human rights bodies

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support the work of national human rights institutions and their efforts to ensure that international human rights laws are incorporated into domestic legislation, the agency’s head said today.