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Undelivered aid commitments hamper progress on MDGs: UN report

United Nations, Sep 19 (IANS) A UN report released here Thursday said that undelivered aid commitments by developed countries are holding back progress on the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs). According to the report titled The State of the Global Partnership for Development, while many MDG targets have already been met -- such as reducing povert...

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69th session of UN General Assembly begins

United Nations, Sep 17 (IANS) The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) started its 69th session at the UN Headquarters in New York Tuesday. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Uganda's foreign minister who was elected president of the 69th UNGA session June 11, said in his opening remarks that the coming year will be a momentous time for the UN. We will commemorate the seventieth anniversary o...

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69th UN General Assembly session to start Tuesday

United Nations, Sep 16 (IANS) The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly will convene Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York. On Monday, the 68th session concluded with focus on forming the base for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Xinhua reported. The Post-2015 Development Agenda is a process led by the UN aiming to help define the future global development framework tha...

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Teachers to march for quality education Friday

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Over 10,000 teachers from 24 states in the country will march in the national capital Friday to raise awareness and seek support to pursue quality education for all, it was annonced Monday. The assembly of educators is being organised to ensure that the United Nations (UN) keeps a sharp focus on education as it will set its post-2015 Millennium Development Goals ...

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Charity key to achieve development goals: UN chief

Washington, Sep 4 (IANS/WAM) At a time of intense fiscal and budgetary constraint, charity takes on greater importance in global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday. On the eve of International Day of Charity, he gave a call for people everywhere to act on the charitable impulse that resides in every human being - to ...

1 month ago
Human Development: Ends over Means

Human development is a process of enlarging people's choices. The most critical ones are to lead a long and healthy life, to be educated and to enjoy a decent standard of living. – HDR 1990 Human Development Report-2014 (HDR 2014) was released in Tokyo in Japan on July 24. Its general theme is Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience in line with the Wor...

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Special Social Development Corridor can ensure inclusive growth

Can the new NDA government break the existing political vendetta in the administrative system and open space for all chief ministers, irrespective of their political affiliation, to collectively work and take ownership of the much-awaited nation building process and help achieve the much needed growth in selected worst performing states on major human development indicators? In this direction, a ...

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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...

2 months 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 ...

2 months 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...

2 months 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. ...

3 months 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...

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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...

3 months 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...

10 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...

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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...

11 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. ...

11 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 ...

11 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...

11 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...

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