sustainable development

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.

Sustainable development key to Africa’s socio-economic challenges – Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today stressed that sustainable development is key to addressing Africa’s economic, social and environmental challenges, noting that the continent has the capacity to transition to a green economy without the adverse effects that have accompanied growth in other regions.

UN and China launch joint initiative to promote ecosystem management

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and China’s academy of sciences today launched a joint programme designed to promote proper management of ecosystems in developing countries, with a special focus on Africa.

Migiro urges youth to use skills to promote sustainable development

Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose-Migiro has exhorted young people to use their skills and energy to encourage leaders at next year’s United Nations conference on sustainable development in Brazil to commit to accelerate equitable development and poverty reduction.

Ban and Norwegian leader discuss climate change and development issues

Climate change, sustainable development and women and children’s health topped discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Norway’s Prime Minister in New York today.

UN partnership to support greater use of bio-energy crops

A cooperation agreement announced today between the United Nations and a global crop technology company seeks to develop new technologies that can support sustainable development through the use of bio-energy crops in tropical regions.