sustainable development

Key UN forum in Asia-Pacific sets its sights on combatting inequality

With concern growing that the divide between rich and poor is continuing to widen – especially in the Asia-Pacific region – top United Nations officials are calling for greater emphasis on growth that leads to fairer societies and a healthier planet.

New UN agency guidelines aim to sustain forest benefits for future generations

New guidelines designed to give poor and isolated communities more of a say in how tropical forests are used and preserved around the world were published on Thursday, by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

‘Robust’ economic growth in Asia-Pacific last year and ‘promising’ prospects ahead – UN report

Economies in the Asia-Pacific region registered robust growth in 2017 and prospects for this year look promising, the United Nations development arm in the region said, urging countries to take advantage of positive conditions and address underlying vulnerabilities.

UN forum to coordinate global efforts to address worsening water shortages

With extreme weather costing hundreds of billions a year and fears that by 2050, one in four people will be living in a country affected by severe water shortages, a global conference got underway on Monday convened by the United Nations meteorological agency to manage the precious resource more sustainably.

‘Team spirit’ is the perfect springboard to peace: UNODC chief

Fair play and team spirit are just two of the elements that make sport an ideal vehicle for achieving both a more peaceful world and the Sustainable Development Goals, according to Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of UNODC.

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Marking Sport for Development Day, Japanese athletes take UN Global Goals forward

Ahead of the International Day of Sport, world renowned Japanese athletes are joining a United Nations-backed campaign to promote global development goals through the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games their country will host in 2020.

No ‘fancy suits and long speeches’ at UN-backed sustainable development festival in Bonn

A United Nations forum showcasing the latest innovations, tools and approaches that will make sustainable development a reality wrapped up in Bonn, Germany, on Friday.

News in Brief 22 March 2018

  • Water “is a matter of life and death”: UN chief
  • Attack on UN camp in Mali condemned by MINUSMA chief
  • UN deputy chief lauds “great potential” of Liberia to “achieve lasting stability”
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Biodiversity expert says credible evidence should be basis for decisions that affect nature

All Governments should be basing environmental policies on peer-reviewed, evidence-based science, says Sir Robert Watson, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which will present five major repor

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Efficient national tax systems critical for sustainable development and inclusive growth, urge UN, partners

Countries need to strengthen the effectiveness of their tax regimes to unleash much-needed domestic resources to ensure the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the promotion of inclusive economic growth, United Nations and as key international economic and financial organizations have urged.