sustainable development

On first-ever World Cities Day, UN spotlights need for sustainable urban planning

As the world's urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.

In fight against hunger, UN launches initiative targeting threat of desertification

The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world’s agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change.

At UN meeting in Geneva, Ban spotlights trade as driver of global sustainable development

The critical role played by international trade in lifting economies out of poverty is an invaluable one but must remain consonant with the objectives enshrined in the sustainable development goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in an address to the World Trade Organization (WTO).