sustainable development

Ban calls for harnessing power of business, finance to advance development goals

As the world continues to grapple with the global economic downturn, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the vital role of the business and finance communities in tackling issues such as sustainable development and climate change.

Preparations begin for 20-year review of landmark UN environment conference

As preparations kicked off today in New York for a global summit to review progress since the historic United Nations environment conference held in Rio de Janeiro nearly 20 years ago, a senior official stressed the need for greater efforts to achieve sustainable development.

World lags far behind on sustainable development goals, Ban warns

The United Nations commission entrusted with harmonizing economic development with environmental conservation wrapped up its annual session today with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warning that the world is way behind schedule in setting its ecological house in order.

Sustainable resource use tops debate at key UN development body

Vital issues of transport, waste management, chemicals and mining are topping the agenda today of the annual gathering of the United Nations body promoting sustainable development.

World must tackle over-consumption of energy, resources, UN panel chair warns

The world is consuming too much energy and materials to sustain itself and the global community must summon the political will to tackle a whole raft of challenges, from mineral extraction to waste recycling to the more than 200 toxic chemicals entering the blood of foetuses, the head of a United Nations commission warned today.

UN session on sustainable development begins

The latest session of the United Nations commission on sustainable use of the world’s resources got under way in New York today with delegates focusing attention on how best to maintain economic development while limiting the current consumption trends that cause environmental degradation.

Safeguarding Earth crucial to development, human well-being, Ban stresses

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to respect and care for the Earth, noting that safeguarding the environment will impact efforts to achieve development goals and ensuring the health and well-being of its inhabitants.