UN urges action on sustainable development to create pathways for global ‘transformation’

The President of the United Nations General Assembly today called on the international community to take action on the new UN sustainable development agenda in order to begin a transformation for the benefit of all people and the planet, or risk failure that will be felt for generations to come.

UN Millennium Development Goal target to reduce malaria burden achieved

With roughly six weeks left under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global leaders, diplomats and health experts are gathering at the UN today in New York to celebrate the progress made against one of the world’s leading killers: malaria.

2018-04-22T12:03:20-04:0020 Nov 2015|Goal 3: Good Health, Millennium Development Goals, News|

In Peru, UN chief meets with World Bank, highlighting its ‘major role’ in sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the important role of the World Bank Saturday in the implementation of the adopted 2030 Agenda, noting that it could “step up capacity building and the mobilization of resources for sustainable development by drawing on its rich technical expertise.”

African leaders at UN cite ‘remarkable’ progress on MDGs and urge commitment to post-2015 agenda

African leaders speaking at the UN General Assembly debate today noted that their countries were guided by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) over the last 15 years, and that the post-2015 development agenda and the new goals adopted last week, embody the collective ambition to transform the world by 2030.

2019-02-10T11:34:25-05:0028 Sep 2015|Millennium Development Goals|

New Report outlines vision for ending malaria

Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria, today released an in-depth report on what it will take to eradicate malaria. It declares that eradication can be achieved by 2040 if world leaders commit to making it a reality, and they call on leaders to launch a global debate on the issue.

World has delivered on halting and reversing AIDS epidemic, UN announces

The world has exceeded the targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, according to a report released today in Addis Ababa by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Greater investments needed as fight against malaria enters critical phase – UN

Despite the tremendous progress made over the past 15 years, greater investments are needed to achieve the goal of a world free of malaria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today in Ethiopia, where world leaders have gathered to discuss financing for development.

Lessons from Millennium Development Goals ‘springboard’ for future UN agenda – Ban

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanized the world to produce the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, helped lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, made inroads against hunger and enabled more girls to attend school than ever before.

2018-04-22T12:08:32-04:0010 Jul 2015|Millennium Development Goals, News, Secretary-General|

MDG success springboard for new sustainable development agenda: UN report

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history and will serve as the jumping off point for the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted this year, according to the final MDG report launched today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Millions of children will fall behind unless new UN development goals focus on most in need – UNICEF

The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns in its final report on achievement of the child-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasizing that “we were not ambitious enough” to reach those with the greatest needs.

Three years into the Zero Hunger Challenge, it’s time to accelerate action and commitment to end hunger in our lifetimes

Three years after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched his Zero Hunger Challenge, governments, groups and people around the world have built a global movement to end hunger – end it in our lifetimes, and end it once and for all.

In Geneva, UN rights chief calls for ‘urgent measures’ in promoting girls’ education

Although the empowerment of women has been among the most significant achievements of the past century, the international community must “push further” in its struggle to ensure the right to education for all girls, the top UN human rights official declared today.

Welcoming progress towards MDGs, Ban encourages Uzbekistan to promote human rights

Continuing his visit to Central Asia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed Uzbekistan for the solid progress it achieved towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, in reducing poverty and maternal mortality, ensuring universal access to primary education, while recalling that there can be no peace and development without human rights.

In Tajikistan, UN chief highlights importance of safe water, sanitation and human rights

Kicking off a high-level event on water in Tajikistan today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged nations in the region and beyond to renew their commitment to safe water and sanitation as the international community forges ahead with the post-2015 development agenda and climate change intensifies the need to act.

Addressing Economic and Social Council, UN deputy chief advocates ‘true global pact for development’

Experience in the past two decades, particularly the 15 years of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has shown the potential of a “true global pact for development,” the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today during a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the UN World Summit for Social Development.

Senior UN official calls for global movement to end hunger once and for all

The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for a global movement to eradicate hunger as countries look ahead to the new set of development goals that will be adopted in September.

New UN report shows mixed results for reaching MDG health targets by end of 2015

The United Nations health agency today reported that by the end of 2015, the world will have met the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for turning around the epidemics of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, and boosting access to drinking water, but will likely fall short of reaching other health-related goals in areas such as child and maternal deaths and basic sanitation.

What role do indigenous people and forests have in a sustainable future?

Prime Minister of Norway and co-chair of the UN Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group, Erna Solberg, writes about our responsibility to protect indigenous peoples who have invaluable knowledge on how to sustainably manage forests.