sustainable development

General Assembly President urges extending benefits of sustainable development

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today called for action to extend the benefits of sustainable development to all people, particularly those living in poorer countries, and urged the international community to develop consensus on how that can be done.

UN agencies to present plan for sustainable future of oceans

Four United Nations agencies have prepared a plan to limit the degradation of oceans and address issues such as overfishing, pollution and declining biodiversity to encourage countries to renew their commitment to improve oceans’ governance, the UN announced today.

Concrete actions, timeline needed for sustainable development – Assembly President

With the world facing new challenges, from food and energy crises to global recession to climate change, achieving sustainable development is more complex than ever, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser warned today, calling for concrete actions and timelines.

Development needs of today must not trump prospects for tomorrow – Ban

The world has little time to lose to come up with bold but pragmatic solutions to balance the need to provide an equitable, prosperous life for all with the imperative to save the planet from climate change and runaway over-exploitation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

Corporate leaders at UN-backed meeting urge reforms to reinvigorate economies

Corporate executives and prominent political figures today at a United Nations-backed meeting called for investment in emerging sectors that support sustainable development to reinvigorate the flagging global economy and address the deepening rift between rich and poor.

New UN facility on sustainable development opens in Republic of Korea

A new United Nations research and training facility designed to help poorer countries pursue sustainable development to accelerate economic growth while improving the quality of life and protecting the environment was inaugurated today in the Republic of Korea.

Ban urges Europe to forge common agenda against global inequality

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on European countries today to unite in tackling the world’s most looming issues and work together to ensure the prosperity of future generations.

Young environmental advocates showcase green projects at UN workshop

Young environmental leaders from 18 developing countries are meeting at a United Nations backed workshop in Germany this week to showcase their own, innovative solutions for sustainable development, ranging from eco-tourism to eco-friendly cooking fuel.

Richer countries have greater responsibility to restore financial stability – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the world's major economies must shoulder greater responsibility to restore global financial stability, urging them to follow the model of the 2008 London summit of the Group of 20 (G20) when leaders agreed to back the financial system for the benefit of all with more than a trillion dollars in credit.

World must welcome 7 billionth citizen with sustainable future, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kept up his drum beat for sustainable development today, warning a high-level public-private forum in Denmark that the world must do much more than sing “Happy Birthday” when its 7 billionth citizen is born later this month.