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7 days ago
India tops list of global poor: UN report

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) India tops the list of countries with the largest share of global extreme poor though the poverty rate in southeast Asia as a whole saw a substantial fall from 1990 to 2010, a new United Nations report said. The poverty rate in southeast Asia fell from 45 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2010. Although poverty remains widespread in south Asia, progress in the regio...

8 days ago
India tops the list of global poor: UN report

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) India tops the list of countries with the largest share of global extreme poor though the poverty rate in southeast Asia as whole saw a substantial fall from 1990 to 2010, a new United Nations report said. The poverty rate in southeast Asia fell from 45 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2010. Although poverty remains widespread in south Asia, progress in the region ...

12 days ago
Reduce maternal, child deaths: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Laying stress on reducing the number of maternal and child deaths in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Saturday asked doctors of a city hospital to be zero tolerant of inefficiency and pro-active in performing their duties. The MDG deadline is September 2015 and we are still a long way off. There are many t...

26 days ago
UN chief wants world leaders to adopt new development goals

Nairobi, June 28 (IANS) A new universal Sustainable Development Agenda will be launched next year after the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday. The UN chief added that governments will be expected to append their signatures to the new mandate that will help solve problems that bedevil communities globally, Xinhua reported. ...

1 month ago
FAO awards China for halving undernourished population

Rome, June 17 (IANS) The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Monday recognised China's outstanding progress against hunger for having achieved the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) -- halving the proportion of its undernourished people since 1990. During a ceremony held at FAO headquarters in Rome, FAO Secretary General Jose Graziano da Silva awarded a diploma to Chinese Depu...

1 month ago
UN calls for eco-awareness on World Oceans Day

United Nations, June 9 (IANS/WAM) The UN has urged the international community to commit itself to keeping the oceans healthy and productive for current and future generations. We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday in a message on the occasion of World Oceans Day, observed June 8 e...

1 month ago
Empower community health workers with technology: Experts

Kolkata, May 27 (IANS) Though India has made profound progress in inching closer to the Millennium Development Goal 2015 (MDG) of a 75 percent reduction in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR), thrust should be on information technology (IT)-enabled interventions aiding non-physician workers at the grass-roots to ensure continuance post-2015, say experts. In 2000, the Millennium Development G...

9 months ago
Myanmar supports UN in implementing MDGs

Yangon, Oct 24 - Myanmar will join all member states of the UN to support the organisation in implementing its Millennium Development Goals - by 2015 and beyond, President U Thein Sein said Thursday. While progress has been achieved in implementing these goals, new challenges are also emerging with time and under changing circumstances, Xinhua quoted U Thein Sein as saying in his message on...

9 months ago
India's stand in UN on child marriages upsets CPI-M leader

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 14 - India's refusal to sign the first-ever global resolution for elimination and prevention of forced child marriages has made a woman Communist Party of India - leader from Kerala write to the prime minister. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, T.N. Seema of the CPI-M, a first time Rajya Sabha member, has expressed her displeasure while criticising the co...

9 months ago
UN chief calls for innovation for girls' education

United Nations, Oct 12 - UN chief Ban Ki-moon has stressed on the need for innovation to improve the quality of learning for girls. On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, the UN chief Friday said: Empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to progress for the whole human family, Xinhua reported. ...

9 months ago
Myanmar wants more efforts for millennium development goals

United Nations, Oct 1 - Myanmar has called for intensified efforts and accelerated actions to fully achieve the Millennium Development Goals - for the next two years. Agreed upon by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/ AIDS and malaria reduction, and a ...

9 months ago
Nepal wants concerted efforts for sustainable development goals

United Nations, Sep 29 - Nepal has called upon all UN member states to direct concerted efforts to complete the unfinished tasks of Millennium Development Goals - before embarking on the subsequent sustainable development goals. Khil Raj Regmi, chairman of Nepalese Council of Ministers, made the statement while addressing the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which entere...

10 months ago
We're lagging badly in some MDGs: Ban Ki-moon

United Nations, Sep 24 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that the world is lagging badly in some of the Millenium Development Goals - it has set for itself. He said this while addressing the 68th session of the UN General Assembly that began its annual general debate here, Xinhua reported. More than 130 heads of state, deputy prime ministers, foreign ministers and other...

10 months ago
World Bank to invest $700 mln on women, children's health

United Nations, Sep 24 - World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced Monday that at least $700 million would be invested by 2015 to help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals - for women and children's health. The funding will come from the International Development Association -, the Bank group's fund for the poorest countries, Xinhua reported citing a statement from...

10 months ago
Lack of decent jobs behind Asia's poverty: Report

Manila, Sep 20 - Policymakers in developing Asia need to provide decent jobs, liveable cities and disaster prevention programmes if they want to end poverty by 2030, according to a new report. The report, issued Friday by the Asian Development Bank -, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the UN Development Programme, said although most Asia-Pacific economies su...

10 months ago
Children urge PM to champion their cause

New Delhi, Sep 20 - Over 25,000 children have sent postcards to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to keep issues that concern them in focus at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, NGO World Vision India said. The over 25,000 postcards from children across the country represent the voices of over 400 million children in India, so that issues that concern them sh...

10 months ago
Children urge PM to champion their cause

New Delhi, Sep 20 - Over 25,000 children have sent postcards to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to keep issues that concern them in focus at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, NGO World Vision India said. The over 25,000 postcards from children across the country represent the voices of over 400 million children in India, so that issues that concern them shoul...

10 months ago
Stronger partnerships needed for anti-poverty goals: UN report

United Nations, Sep 20 - The international community should keep its commitments to strengthen partnership in support of closing gaps on anti-poverty targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals -, according to a UN report issued Thursday. New countries and other partners are stepping up. But all must deliver on commitments - on official development assistance, climate finance and...

10 months ago
Stronger partnerships needed for anti-poverty goals: UN report

United Nations, Sep 20 - The international community should keep its commitments to strengthen partnership in support of closing gaps on anti-poverty targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals -, according to a UN report issued Thursday. New countries and other partners are stepping up. But all must deliver on commitments - on official development assistance, climate finance and do...

10 months ago
South-South cooperation key to development: UN chief

United Nations, Sep 13 - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday highlighted the essential role of South-South cooperation in accelerating achievement of development goals and called on developing countries to further make efforts to boost wealth and knowledge. South-South cooperation offers real, concrete solutions to common development challenges, Ban Ki-moon said in his message to m...

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