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India ranks 143 among 188 countries on health index; Iceland tops list

Despite rapid economic growth, India was ranked 143rd, below Comoros and Ghana," the first annual assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) health performance published in the Lancet and launched at a special event at the UN General Assembly in New York said.

World's poorest need $160 a year to end hunger: UN

Just $160 per year for each person living in extreme poverty would eradicate world hunger by 2030, the United Nations said on Friday, recommending the money should be delivered through both cash transfers and "pro-poor" investments.

New HIV infections down by 49% in Southern Asia: report

New HIV infections have fallen by 49 per cent in Southern Asia, says the final report on Millennium Development Goals released by the United Nations Economic and Social Communication for Asia-Pacific (UN-ESCAP).

World loses 6 mn under-five children every year: UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday warned that millions of children worldwide continue to live in poverty, lack access to education while suffering from chronic malnutrition and about six million die before they turn five.

Women and children's health pressing agenda for Govt: Nadda

Health concerns, especially those related to women, children and adolescents, are "prominent and pressing" agenda for the Narendra Modi-led government, Union Minister J P Nadda Thursday said.

UN chief wants world leaders to adopt new development goals

A new universal Sustainable Development Agenda will be launched next year after the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.

India sees decline in maternal and child deaths: Lancet

Two-thirds of the global decline in child deaths since 2000 occurred in just nine countries - India, China, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, a new study in Lancet has revealed.

Child mortality halved since 1990: UN

With global and national efforts to end preventable deaths of children under five years of age, child mortality worldwide has been on decline by half since 1990, a UN report said Friday.

Europe leaders urge bank tax to battle poverty

European leaders have stepped up demands for a global financial tax to battle poverty.

Asia richer, but still leads world in poverty

Asia has slashed the number of people living in extreme poverty, a UN report said.

India set to meet UN 2015 poverty goal

In the fight against poverty, India seems to be winning - in some parts of the country at least.

India`s march for MDGs uneven: Report

India cannot adopt a "one size fits all" approach to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and the progress made after two-thirds of the time-lapse has been mixed, says the latest report of a UN agency.

`India needs to speed up to achieve MDGs by 2015`

Indian states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand need to do more if India has to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty by 2015, says a report by a UN agency.

UN chief names group to advance anti-poverty effort

The group will push for progress in the Millennium Development Goals.

India, China growth helping other nations: WB

Poverty alleviation targets are on track due to rapid progress made by India and China, WB has said.

Water, sanitation take back seat for many nations: UN

Even as the world`s deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals approaches in 2015, countries are not making water and sanitation a priority, which in turn impacts other developmental goals like health and education.

People should be empowered to be active participants: Uganada Prez

Nations need to empower people to be active participants in the process of socio-economic transformation and enhance their knowledge and appreciation
for global partnerships, Uganda Prez Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said today.

Govt committed to meet Millennium Development Goals

The Government today said it was
committed to meet the Millennium Development Goals as well as
tackling diseases like HIV, AIDS and TB.