UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Looking to bolster the global fight against poverty, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday launched a $40 billion plan aimed at saving the lives of 16 million women and children over the next five years.
The plan seeks to make headway on maternal and child health, the slowest-moving elements of the Millennium Development Goals set by the world body 10 years ago to help the estimated $1 billion people living under $1.25 a day.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will launch on Wednesday a $40 billion global strategy to save the lives of 16 million women and children over the next five years as part of efforts to reduce global poverty, hunger and disease.
The drive aims to make headway on the slowest-moving sectors of the Millennium Development Goals set by the world body 10 years ago — maternal and child health.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday defended against critics a draft U.N. declaration calling for global action to slash poverty, saying the text was the best that could have been achieved at the moment.
Last week negotiators for the 192 U.N. member states completed the text, which says a set of U.N. goals aimed at drastically reducing poverty and hunger worldwide by 2015 are still achievable, despite severe setbacks caused by the global financial and economic crises.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – An attempt by the European Union to upgrade its status at the United Nations hit a road-block on Tuesday when the General Assembly voted to postpone consideration of the changes Brussels wanted.
As part of efforts to boost its role on the world stage in line with its Lisbon Treaty, the 27-nation EU wants to speak in the assembly through its permanent officials rather than the ambassador of the country holding its rotating presidency.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – In a concession to the European Union that it hopes to join, Serbia supported a compromise U.N. resolution on Kosovo on Thursday that dropped its earlier demands to reopen talks on the status of its former province.
Instead, Serbia agreed to an EU-backed dialogue with Kosovo that the nonbinding General Assembly resolution said would aim to promote cooperation. The resolution was passed by acclamation by the 192-nation assembly.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he had agreed with Rwanda’s president, who threatened to pull troops out of Sudan, on the importance of Rwanda continuing in peacekeeping operations.
But Ban stopped short of saying that President Paul Kagame had withdrawn a threat to pull Rwandan troops out of a joint U.N./African Union peace force in Sudan’s Darfur region because of a controversy over alleged atrocities in neighboring Congo.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will attend a U.N. summit on Sudan this month, U.S. officials said on Wednesday as they stepped up a bid to head off conflict there before a referendum that could split the African nation.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Obama had accepted an invitation from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a September 24 meeting on Sudan on the margins of the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The Security Council demanded on Thursday that all steps be taken to prevent a repeat of a recent mass rape in Congo as council members voiced open dissatisfaction at the late response of U.N. forces.
U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have said they were only informed of the incident more than a week after it happened, even though they had a base just 20 miles from the scene in the country’s violent east.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a top official to Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday after a mass rape of women by rebels in the east that U.N. peacekeepers say they only heard about over a week later.
The rebels from the Mai Mai militia and Rwandan Hutu FDLR, who occupied the town of Luvungi in North Kivu province from July 30 to August 3, raped and assaulted at least 154 civilians, according to U.N. figures.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States led a stream of new aid pledges for flood-stricken Pakistan on Thursday, promising a further $60 million (38.5 million pounds) to help the Asian country deal with the disaster that has crippled it.
“With a new pledge that I am making today of $60 million, the United States will be contributing more than $150 million towards emergency flood relief,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the U.N. General Assembly.