sustainable development

Global Goals ‘rallying call’ to tackle world’s ills, says new President of UN economic and social body

Opening the first meeting of the 2017 session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the body’s new President, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, of Zimbabwe, said today that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a “rallying call” to address the complex challenges facing the world.

In Skype video chat, Ban applauds Solar Impulse pilot on remarkable journey

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today hailed the determination and courage of the Solar Impulse flight team as the aircraft completes its around-the-world, solar-powered journey.

UN body agrees framework to make globalization and trade work for billions across global south

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today wrapped up its fourteenth quadrennial conference, with delegations in Nairobi, Kenya reaching agreement on a framework that will guide the body's work over the next four years, largely focused on ensuring broad achievement of the new UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

Partnerships and coherence vital to development cooperation, UN deputy chief tells Forum

The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the importance of partnerships and coherent policy and action in tackling global challenges, including inequalities, conflicts, terrorism and climate change, and achieving the new international development goals.

First progress report on Sustainable Development Agenda aims to leave no one behind

The first ever progress report on the new global development agenda provides the most up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation, among others, so that the world can address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.

UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together.

Warning against ‘cherry-picking’ among Global Goals, UN experts say human rights cannot be ignored

The largest group of rights experts in the United Nations system stressed today that focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should in no way become “the perfect excuse” for Member States to give less priority to their binding human rights obligations, or to ignore the comprehensive protection that is at the core of international human rights instruments.

UN political forum opens with focus on achieving 2030 Agenda's call to 'leave no one behind'

Opening the first meeting of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development since the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today outlined the tasks before the body and called for stronger commitment to accomplish its mandated tasks.

INTERVIEW: Sustainable Development Goals must be owned by everyone, says senior UN official

Ahead of next week’s United Nations High-Level Political Forum, Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Gass talks about sustainable development, leaving no one behind, and why this time “it’s for real”.

Meeting with Chinese Premier, Ban commends country’s leadership on UN 2030 Agenda

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, where he welcomed China's efforts towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as its support to other countries in their own implementation.