Archive for June, 2008

Press Communique on the High-level Working Dinner Co-hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on the World Food Crisis

4th June 2008 Uncategorized

The United Nations Secretary-General and H.E Prime Minister Berlusconi of Italy co-hosted a high-level working dinner with Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers on 3 June on the occasion of the High-Level Conference on World Food Security from 3 to 5 June 2008 in Rome. The dinner saw the participation of more than 44 Governments representing donor countries, food producing countries, and those affected by the current food crisis. In addition, eight heads of international organizations, participated in the event. Discussions focused on some of the most pressing policy issues related to the current world food security crisis and its underlying causes, namely agricultural productivity, bio-fuels, and trade restrictions, the three themes of the high-level dinner. (more…)

Address by the Secretary-General at the High-Level Conference on World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy

3rd June 2008 Uncategorized

Mr. President, Giorgio Napolitano,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government
Mr. Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi,
Dr. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the FAO,
Ministers,
Excellencies,
and Distinguished Delegates (more…)

Four billion people are excluded from the rule of law

3rd June 2008 Uncategorized

Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor makes a global call to make legal empowerment a key pillar of the anti-poverty agenda

New York – Four billion people — the majority of people living on our planet — are robbed of the chance to build a better life for themselves because they are excluded from the rule of law. That’s according to a new report launched in New York today by the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, as it called on governments, international institutions and civil society to put legal empowerment front and centre in the fight against global poverty. (more…)

UNCEF hails South African Government’s decision to accept social grant applications without identity documents

2nd June 2008 Uncategorized

Cites benefits to young child development and to orphaned and vulnerable children

Pretoria – Citing strong benefits to the country’s most vulnerable poor rural children, UNICEF today welcomed the decision by the Government of South Africa to accept, as of 1 June, social grant applications from eligible applicants who are experiencing difficulty in obtaining official identity documents and birth certificates. (more…)