Global leaders set to meet at UN to chart progress towards development

The gathering at UN Headquarters in New York, convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto, seeks to pinpoint gaps and identify steps to take to accelerate progress towards achieving the MDGs.“It is my firm hope that we will be able to look back on this day as the moment when the world got back on track to reaching the Goals,” Mr. Ban said in advance of the day-long event.A recent UN report found that soaring food and fuel prices and the global economic downturn are impeding advances in such targets as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and reducing child mortality, jeopardizing the likelihood of achieving some of the Goals.Nearly two dozen of the world’s biggest philanthropic foundations will also take part in Thursday’s meeting, which comes on the heels of a high-level gathering held on Monday to examine Africa’s development needs.Several events will also be held on the sidelines of Thursday’s event, such as the launch of the Global Malaria Action Plan.That plan aims to slash malaria deaths to near zero by 2015 and will be launched by the Secretary-General, along with rock star Bono, philanthropist Bill Gates, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, World Bank head Robert Zoellick, and others. Billions of dollars in new funding to curb the spread of malaria and boost research will be announced.Thursday is also the third day of the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment, and it is slated to hear from the heads of State and government of such nations as Tajikistan, Iraq, Timor-Leste, Zimbabwe and Spain. 24 September 2008Almost 100 world leaders are converging on the United Nations on Thursday for a high-level meeting to assess how to translate commitments into effective action to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. read more

Police to investigate zookeepers death despite previously describing it as nonsuspicious

first_imgCarnivore Keeper Rosa King with the tigers at Hamerton Zoo Park, on World Tiger DayCredit:Peterborough Tel / Carnivore Keeper Rosa King with the tigers at Hamerton Zoo Park, on World Tiger Day The district council, which is responsible for issuing the zoo’s licence, said: “Both the police and the council are working together within routine protocols to progress investigations into the incident as efficiently and effectively as possible.”It has emerged the zoo’s owners were warned about their ageing barriers four years ago.The zoo described Ms King’s death as a “freak accident”, but it was heavily criticised in an inspection by officials in 2013 that forced it to make improvements. A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said the decision to collaborate on the case had been made on Tuesday afternoon, but could not say why the force had changed its mind.A spokesman for the zoo said it was “co-operating fully with the investigation that is currently being conducted by Huntingdonshire District Council Environmental Health Department”. The wildlife park opened in June 1990 and covers 25 acres. It includes enclosures for Malaysian tigers, Bengal tigers, cheetahs, wolves, corsac foxes, kangaroos as well as a variety of birds, reptiles and domestic animals.The zoo opened a new enclosure for its Malaysian tigers in July last year. Police have launched an investigation into the death of zookeeper Rosa King, who was mauled by a tiger, despite previously describing it as “non-suspicious”.The 33-year-old was fatally attacked during an incident at Hamerton Zoo Park near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, on Monday.Emergency services were called to the scene at around 11.15am but initially described Rosa’s death as “non-suspicious”. However, they have since launched a joint investigation with Huntingdon District Council, and officers were today seen arriving at the zoo. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more