Volume 19, No.07 - July 2015

Feature articles

Final push for milestone event to finance development

With only two weeks to go, preparations have been stepped up considerably for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa. “I urge you to keep in mind that Addis presents a historic opportunity – one that we cannot afford to miss,” said Conference Secretary-General Wu Hongbo as the final session of negotiations kicked off mid-June with the goal to complete the outcome document ahead of the Conference. Read more

Final MDG report evaluates most successful anti-poverty movement in history


The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been hailed as the most successful anti-poverty movement in history. On 6 July, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will officially launch the final report of the MDGs, summarizing the progress and highlighting the achievements of this monumental effort over the last 15 years. The report will also pinpoint areas that require further attention through the post-2015 development agenda. Read more

United Nations rewards most innovative public service initiatives


After a week-long event, the UN Public Service Forum culminated with the UN Public Service Award Ceremony honoring 22 institutions from 18 countries. “By addressing the underlying needs of their population like education, healthcare and a safe and sustainable environment, these initiatives will act as catalysts and unleash the dreams of their citizens to channel their true potential,” said Lenni Montiel, UN DESA’s Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development as he acknowledged the winners. Read more

Publications and websites

Technical reports

MDG 2015 report coverLaunch of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2015
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 will be launched in Oslo, Norway by the Secretary-General on 6 July. This report provides a final assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs. It documents the 15-year effort to achieve the aspirational goals set out in the Millennium Declaration and highlights the many successes across the globe, but acknowledges the gaps that remain. Read more

More on Publications and websites