Memphis Barker The UN's plan to end poverty and hunger will require a miracle

The main attraction at this year’s UN General Assembly was always going to be Putin, and the main topic for debate Syria and the refugee crisis. But the warm-up for yesterday’s great confab of nations – the three-day development conference that took place last week – deserves to be more than a footnote. It comes just once every 15 years, and revealed plenty about the UN’s long-term approach to fixing global problems – and how exactly it can go wrong.