With only four years remaining in which to achieve the key targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), most of the world’s Heads of State and Government came to the United Nations in September 2010 to take stock of progress made thus far.

The report calls for combining local knowledge of agricultural systems and the latest sustainability science to adapt practices to local ecosystems and increase resilience to climate and price changes, as well as other shocks.

This report provides an overview of new and renewable sources of energy, detailing their current status and prospects for deployment. It also describes the efforts for the promotion of new and renewable energy at the national and international levels, as well as options for coordinated global energy strategies.

The MDG Report 2011, shining a spotlight on where progress is being made and where stronger efforts are urgently needed. The report presents the latest statistics on each of the Goals, globally and regionally, collected through more than 25 UN and international agencies. This year's report shows that the world is on track to reducing the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by half.

This new report analyses the challenges and options involved in shifting to a “green economy” based on more efficient and renewable energy technologies, transforming agricultural technologies so as to guarantee food security without further degrading land and water resources, and utilizing technology to adapt to climate change.

Non-communicable diseases represent a new frontier in the fight to improve global health. Worldwide, the increase in such diseases means that they are now responsible for more deaths than all other causes combined.

Moscow declaration: first global ministerial conference on healthy lifestyles and noncommunicable disease control, Moscow, 28-29 April 2011.

The report highlights the continued challenge posed by high unemployment rates in many economies and outlines a number of risks and uncertainties for the economic outlook such as a premature withdrawal of policy stimulus, increased exchange rate volatility and a renewed widening of global imbalances.

2010 was a year of contrasts. Many countries bounced back from recession while several others faced difficult economic and fiscal adjustments, which in some cases are still ongoing.

This book points to some key lessons that developing countries should draw from the crisis experience:  There is widespread awareness of a growing wedge between financial-sector growth and the real economy in many countries, which calls for a profound rethinking of past approaches to financial liberalization.  In the same way as the roles of business and the State need to be rebalance