World efforts to slow deforestation should do more to address underlying causes such as rising demand for crops or biofuels, widening from a U.N. focus on using trees to fight climate change, a study said Monday.

It said a series of projects to protect forests had had limited success in recent decades -- U.N.

Natural disasters caused $109 billion in economic damage last year, three times more than in 2009, with Chile and China bearing most of the cost, the United Nations said Monday.

The 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February cost $30 billion.

Bangladesh on Wednesday called for billions of dollars to be made available quickly for its fight against climate change, as United Nations' environment talks entered their third day in Mexico.

Bangladesh hopes to reach a consensus in the upcoming United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Cancun to disburse money from the climate change fund, said Dr Mihir Kanti Majumder, secretary

Report reveals the need to reach target levels of coverage for life-saving interventions
India has the highest number of pneumonia-related deaths in the world
Only three countries reported coverage above the target level of 90 per cent for any vaccine

NEW DELHI: Pneumonia, which is the world's leading infectious killer among children, claims the lives of nearly 1.6 million children under five

The United Nations has appointed a leading US lawyer to head an international court of arbitration to settle the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kishenganga hydro power project in Jammu and Kashmir, paving the way for legal proceedings to start.

American jurist Stephen Myron Schwebel was the appointed chairman of the three-member court of arbitration by the UN Secretary-General, sources

In ten years, the living conditions of the poor have been improving

UNITED NATIONS: European leaders have offered $1.3 billion at the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit here, amid mounting calls for money to pay for the battle to cut extreme poverty.

The huge sum was offered late on Monday by EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the end of the first day of a summit on the goals, knocked off track by the international financial crisis.


Rajiv Tikoo

New Delhi: The three-day United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit beginning from Monday in New York will take stock of the global progress and what more remains to be done to achieve the goals.

Millennium Development Goals summit begins
UNITED NATIONS: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a summit on Monday with a plea to the assembled Presidents, Prime Ministers and kings to use their power to meet U.N.