13 April 2013 – The president of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Néstor Osorio, met today with newly elected Pope Francis to discuss the global fight against poverty, the first time the head of the United Nations’ development body has ever met with a leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
12 April 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today rallied the United Nations community in a Call to Action, capping off a week of activities to spur accelerated progress in the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
12 April 2013 – The United Nations today launched a global plan to combat two of the leading killers of children under five, potentially saving two million youngsters each year who would otherwise die from pneumonia and diarrhoea in low- and middle-income countries.
11 April 2013 – Eight African children who leave their families behind to undergo open-heart surgery are among the protagonists of this year's United Nations-backed documentary forum, which aims to create momentum for social change and for reaching internationally-agreed development goals on health.
09 April 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis today discussed what can be done to accelerate work to reduce poverty and advance economic development during a meeting in the Vatican.
08 April 2013 – The vital role of forests in global development and people’s lives as well as protecting these resources for future generations are at the heart of discussions at the Forum on Forests, senior officials said today, as the United Nations body began its current session.
06 April 2013 – Sporting a white jersey with the number 1,000 on his back, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today kicked off the Real Madrid-Levante match at the Santiago Bernanéu stadium in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
05 April 2013 – “I can walk. I can talk. I can do anything!” said Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, in a conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on education and gender equality in the 1,000 day run-up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline.
05 April 2013 – The United Nations today called for accelerated action in the next 1,000 days from governments, international organizations and civil society groups to reach the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their deadline at the end of 2015.