Volume 14, No.10 - October 2010

Feature articles

Bridging the gap from poverty to decent work


More than one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. In total, 2.5 billion struggle to survive on less than two dollars per day. Every year, eleven million children die, most under the age of five and more than six million from completely preventable causes like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. Read more

The World celebrates achievements of official statistics


“Let us make this historic World Statistics Day a success by acknowledging and celebrating the role of statistics in the social and economic development of our societies and by dedicating further efforts and resources to strengthening national statistical capacity,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a letter to World Leaders in July 2010. Read more

UN summit confident of achieving MDGs on time if world delivers


While expressing deep concern that progress has fallen far short of what is needed, the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) held in New York from 20-22 September ended with confidence that with renewed global commitment the targets to slash hunger, poverty, disease and a host of other social ills can still be achieved by 2015. Read more

Publications and websites

Technical reports

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2010: The Global Partnership for Development at a Critical Juncture

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2010: The Global Partnership for Development at a Critical Juncture

The report identifies the implementation gaps in the commitments made under MDG 8 and provides recommendations on how to address them, on strengthening the global partnership, and ultimately supporting developing countries in achieving the MDGs.

The main purpose of the Task Force is to systematically track existing international commitments and to identify gaps and obstacles in their fulfilment at the international and country level in the areas of official development assistance, market access (trade), debt relief, access to essential medicines and new technologies. Read more

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Comings and goings

The following staff members were promoted in September:

Charles Katoanga, Chief, Budget & Finance Section, Executive Office

Visitacion Icasiano, Documents Management Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General

Adriana Ribeiro, Information Management Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Paul Pacheco, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division


The following staff members retired in September:

Ricardo Espina, Economic Affairs Officer, Financing for Development office

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