sustainable development

Ban stresses role of business in advancing sustainable development agenda

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the critical role that businesses play in advancing sustainable development, and called for a surge in public-private partnerships ahead of a major United Nations conference on the issue next June.

African entrepreneurs win UN-backed award for eco-friendly initiatives

A company that transforms groundnut shells into fuel briquettes in Gambia and a business in Kenya where women produce aloe-based skin care products are among this year’s winners of a United Nations-backed award recognizing projects that help promote sustainable development.

Discussions begin on outcome document of UN sustainable development conference

Delegates from United Nations Member States gathered in New York today to begin discussions on inputs, the structure and format of the outcome document to be finalized by world leaders at next year’s UN conference on sustainable development in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

Ban stresses need to address social inequity while promoting sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today that sustainable development cannot be achieved without addressing social inequalities and called for fresh ideas and international commitment to fairly sharing global resources.

Ban calls on youth to act now to ensure planet's sustainable future

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on young people to help combat the multiple threats faced by the planet such as climate change and environmental destruction, to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Ban urges leaders to respond to people’s calls for right to development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders to respond to people’s calls for the right to build a better future for themselves, stressing that women and youth, in particular, must be helped to enjoy lives of dignity, equality and opportunity.

As aid effectiveness forum begins, Ban urges States to live up to commitments

Fiscal austerity during the current straitened economic times is no excuse for countries not delivering on their aid commitments, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for a united front from the international community to help the poor.

Ahead of aid forum, UN development group calls for concerted action

The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) called today for governments to work together to reduce inequality and support sustainable development ahead of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in the Republic of Korea next week.

Small States have key role to play at sustainable development summit – Assembly chief

The participation of small States in Rio+20, next year’s United Nations conference on sustainable development, is vital, given many are already experiencing the effects of climate change, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said today.

UN launches global conversation on sustainable development

The United Nations today launched a campaign ahead of its major conference on sustainable development (Rio+20) in June next year, inviting governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people everywhere to engage in a global conversation about the communities they want to see in the future.