Ending poverty and hunger in the world is "at the heart of our efforts to build the future we want" through the Millennium Development Goals, says United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Separately, on Saturday, a committee of The World Bank and International Monetary Fund endorsed the bank's program to reduce poverty levels by 2030.
The United Nations is a key platform for "raising awareness about anti-LGBT bullying," write Hudson Taylor and Ryan Kaminski, calling on the Human Rights Council to include an anti-bullying resolution during its June meeting. "[B]old UN action for LGBT youth can help ensure the message of tolerance and respect not only reaches the widest possible audience but ultimately changes minds," they argue.
Malala Yousafzai will celebrate her 16th birthday on July 12 with an address to the United Nations. On that day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will receive a petition asking for the UN to pass a resolution "to end all forms of child slavery, labour, marriage and discrimination against girls."
Progress is being made in the battle against malaria, but more is needed, writes Sarah Dransfield of Oxfam. The group is worried that the selling of anti-malaria drugs will make them unobtainable for the poor and threatens the world's ability to eradicate malaria.