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Millennium Development Goals Report 2009

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2009 is based on a master set of data that has been compiled by an Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, in response to the wishes of the General Assembly for periodic assessment of progress towards the MDGs.

Millennium Declaration

The United Nations General Assembly convened the 2000 Millennium Summit from 6-8 September 2000 at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss the role of the UN in the new millennium. Over 150 world leaders participated in the discussion, including 100 heads of state, 47 heads of government, three Crown Princes, five Vice Presidents, three Deputy Prime Ministers, and 8,000 other delegates.

Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Declaration gave birth to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a framework of 21 quantifiable targets and 60 indicators was set up by a consensus of experts from the United Nations Secretariat, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.

The MDGs are to be achieved by 2015.

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Human Development Report 2009

For many people around the world moving away from their home town or village can be the best – sometimes the only – option open to improve their life chances. The report explores how better policies towards mobility can enhance human development. Published by the United Nations Development Programme, the report traces the contours of human movement – who moves where, when and why, and argues for practical measures that can improve prospects on arrival, which in turn will have large benefits both for destination communities and for places of origin.

United Nations Handbook 2009-2010

Now in its 47th year of publication, the United Nations Handbook remains the only comprehensive printed guide to the United Nations system and how it works. The handbook summarises all United Nations organisations and provides essential information about their aims, structures and membership. This unique publication is widely used by those working in the United Nations system, from diplomats on the negotiating floor to international civil servants and NGOs. It is also an invaluable resource for journalists, business, libraries, academics, schools, and members of the public.

United Nations Launches the UNiTE Campaign

The United Nations (UN) secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has urged African all African leaders to show more political leadership by emphasising an end to male violence against women and girls in their home countries by endorsing the UNiTE campaign.

The UNiTE campaign was originally launched in 2008 and was introduced to bring in a number of UN agencies to work together in ending gender-based violence around the world.

Call for Stronger Partnership for African Development

The United Nations (UN) says the global food and energy crises and climate change, and coupled with the financial and economic crises, have eroded economic and social gains made in Africa over the past decade.

UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, who called for a stronger partnership for Africa's development, points out that the adverse of social consequences of these crises are likely to remain for much longer in Africa, even after the recovery gathers pace in advanced countries.

SA NGO Delivers Aid to Haiti

South African charity, Gift of the Givers, has stepped up its drive to bring humanitarian aid directly to desperate, starving Haitians as red tape hampers international relief efforts.

The organisation’s Imtiaz Sooliman, points out that the charity is negotiating the passage of 100 tons of high-nutrition food parcels and medical supplies to be distributed independently.

The move could speed up delivery to areas poorly serviced by United Nations (UN)-led agencies.

UN Comments on Copenhagen Summit

The United Nations (UN) says the failure of the December 2009 summit in Copenhagen to agree on ambitious and immediate global action to combat climate change means that the task has become more, not less urgent.

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) executive secretary, Yvo de Boer, points out that, "The window of opportunity to tackle the climate problem closes more rapidly the longer nations delay to act together."

UN Chief Dies in Haiti Earthquake

The United Nations mission chief in Haiti, Hedi Annabi of Tunisia, has died in last week’s earthquake that devastated the country's capital.

In a press statement, UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, also confirmed the death of Annabi's deputy, Brazilian Luiz Carlos da Costa, and of the acting UN police commissioner in Haiti, Doug Coates of Canada.

Ban further says that Annabi, da Costa and Coates gave their lives for peace.

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