The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. From this site, explore the efforts of the UN and its partners for building a better world. ... more
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“We all have a role in overcoming today’s economic, political, environmental and social challenges, and we must all share the costs and benefits of sustainable development according to needs and ability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for International Solidarity Day, observed annually on 20 December.
This year’s theme is ‘Bridging the gaps to reach the Millennium Development Goals’.
Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, according to the ‘World Malaria Report 2013’ published by WHO.
But more needs to be done. “The remarkable gains against malaria are still fragile,” says Dr Robert Newman, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme.
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Increasing women’s participation at all levels is vital to achieving the MDGs. “Together we must protect hard won gains and make further progress,” UN Women’s Executive Director said at a recent stakeholder's forum on gender equality and the MDGs.
“Financing committed now will straddle the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, sending a clear signal that we will do everything possible to reach our targets,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
A new report by the UN and its partners finds that the world will need 70 per cent more food in order to feed a global population of 9.6 billion people in 2050.
The report, entitled “World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future,” offers “menu items” for improving the way people produce and consume food.
The world continues making progress towards the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic, according to a new report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In some regions however, many people have inadequate access to essential HIV services. World AIDS Day will be observed on 1 December.
World Toilet Day, which is being observed for the first time by the UN on 19 November, aims to change both behaviour and policy on issues ranging from enhancing water management to ending open-air defecation, which 1.1 billion people practice worldwide. #Toilets4All
The Second Committee held a joint meeting with the Economic and Social Council on the topic of finding solutions for addressing sustainable development challenges and accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
“By working together and investing in governance, security, resilience and opportunity for women and young people, we can help the Sahel move from fragility to sustainability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his visit to the Sahel region with leaders from the World Bank, African Union, African Development Bank and the EU. Global leaders have pledged over $8 billion to boost economic growth.