Single most important issue around the world is jobs, says UN labour director

As world leaders prepare to discuss a host of social ills at a summit at United Nations Headquarters next week, the leaders of the world’s parliaments zeroed in on jobs as the single most important global issue, the head of the UN labour agency said today.

Annan ‘very concerned’ accord may not be reached on World Summit document

Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today that he was “very concerned” that agreement might not be reached in time on a draft document for next week’s World Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and he urged “more give and take” from Member States.

General Assembly chief says collective action only way out of poverty, HIV/AIDS

The problems of a world where the poor are increasingly poor, human rights are ignored, HIV/AIDS and malaria claim millions of lives, and inequality proliferates, will only be solved through a cooperation of civil society, governments, and local leaders, the United Nations General Assembly President said today.

Lower fertility rates provide 'window of opportunity' for development – UN report

The halving of fertility rates in developing countries, and a dip in the birth rate of even the least developed ones, provides a “window of opportunity” to reaching international development goals, according to a United Nations report released today in anticipation of the coming World Summit in New York.

Annan says global development goals can be achieved through local action

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed that cities and local authorities have a critical role to play in global progress in education, hunger, health, water, sanitation, gender equality and other areas of the development agenda to be discussed at next week's World Summit.

Stakeholders can help 'turn words into deeds' says Annan at Helsinki conference

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on civil society and the corporate sector to mobilize the political will towards achieving the interconnected goals of human development, security and human rights.

NGOs to offer fresh hope and perspective to World Summit 2005

United Nations officials today hailed non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as essential partners in the effort to promote a culture of peace, create change in world societies and hold governments accountable for achieving their commitments.

Talks to produce UN World Summit document going to the wire, Annan says

With Secretary-General Kofi Annan warning today that talks to produce an outcome document for next week's United Nations World Summit are going down to the wire, Member States are conducting direct, inter-governmental negotiations on all the outstanding issues related to development.

UN to New Yorkers during World Summit crush: “Everyone is a Delegate”

The United Nations is reaching out to the population of its host city, New York, with an ad campaign meant to assuage worries over traffic jams and other disruptions that might arise from the 2005 World Summit being next week, which is expected to be the largest gathering of world leaders ever held.

UN General Assembly core group continues working on World Summit document

With barely a week left before the 2005 World Summit brings together the largest ever gathering of international leaders at United Nations Headquarters in New York, a General Assembly panel today continued its marathon sessions aimed at drafting an outcome document for the 14-16 September meeting.