Landmark UN report reveals global gains in development even in poorer nations

The majority of developing countries have made dramatic but underestimated gains in health and education in recent decades, despite the fact that severe inequalities within and between countries remain, according to the United Nations flagship report on comprehensive human development, [...]

Measures to improve economies of poorest nations focus of UN-led forum

Participants at a United Nations-led meeting in Geneva this week examined ways to improve the economies of the world”s poorest nations, and to help them promote job creation and reduce poverty. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has [...]

UN-backed meeting calls for improved tax collection in poorest countries

Improved tax collection and stronger capital markets form the critical bases for long-term financing for development in the world’s 49 least developed countries, a United Nations-backed meeting of the concerned nations and their partners declared today. “Despite significant efforts to [...]

Deputy UN chief urges increased global support for small island developing States

  Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro   Economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities in small island developing States (SIDS) have deteriorated during the past 10 years, undermining their capacity to achieve the globally agreed development targets, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has said, [...]

Poorest countries at epicentre of development emergency, Ban warns

  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon With just five years remaining until the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sounded the alarm that the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) continued to be mired in poverty. Although [...]