AU Chairperson says More Support Needed for Nations to Achieve MDGs

Current African Union Chairperson, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, has said countries should maximize their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the remaining two years.Leaders conferred on MDGs Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact called by the Secretary General of the United Nations, in New York.Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Hailemariam …

Africa ‘ultimate testing ground’ in bid to end poverty- CNN News

By President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Originally published on CNN on September 26, 2013 (CNN) -- First the good news. Significant progress has been made over the past 13 years in meeting the targets the international community set for social and economic development by 2015. Thanks to the collaborative …

UN Chief says Renewed, stronger global partnership key in meeting MDGs fast

UNITED Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says a renewed and stronger global partnership is necessary to accelerate the race to meeting internationally agreed development goals by 2015. Mr Ban said this here when he launched an annual progress report on those global commitments. “We are here today to help advance that effort for one …

7 Trends Shaping Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge

It is not easy to be young and in the labor market today. In the midst of economic and political flux, youth face a lot of uncertainty about their future. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), global unemployment is reaching crisis levels at 12.6%. But recent projections from the UN Population Division tell a significant …

Africa: UN Chief Urges Meeting Anti-Poverty, Sustainability Goals and Accord On Climate Change

Ahead of next week's opening of a new General Assembly session, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon detailed an agenda for Member States that includes achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), shaping a shared vision for a universal sustainable development agenda and reaching a legally binding agreement on climate change.In remarks to the …

Ethiopia’s child mortality rate more than halves, UN Report says

Ethiopia's child mortality rate more than halves, UN Report saysEthiopia has more than halved its mortality rates for children under the age of five years during the last two decades, new UN statistics show. The report says Ethiopia has cut the number of child deaths to 68 per 1,000 births from more than 200 in …

Presidents Jonathan and Kenyatta Urge African Leaders to Boost Intra-African Trade

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Nairobi, called on African leaders to do away with policies that could obstruct intra-African trade and unity of the continent. The President made the call when he addressed a joint news conference with his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, at the Kenyan Government House. The joint news briefing took …