sustainable development

UN agency calls for ‘fundamental change’ in production and consumption

The world must radically alter the way it produces and consumes materials if genuinely sustainable development is going to take root, the head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) said today.

Humanity’s voracious consumption of natural resources unsustainable – UN report

Humanity’s current voracious consumption of resources cannot be sustained, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) cautioned in a new report today, warning that the world was already running out of cheap and sources of some essential materials such as oil, copper and gold.

Ban urges balance between global resource use and environmental impact

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to must find ways to bring global resource consumption and the resulting environmental impact within safe limits and called for international cooperation in the effort to achieve sustainable development.

UN meeting on sustainable development making vital progress, chairman says

Participants at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development have made important progress on key issues such as mining, transport and waste management and a successful outcome is within reach, the commission’s chairman said today.

Annual UN meeting seeks to promote more sustainable use of Earth’s resources

Warning of the consequences of unsustainable consumption and production on the world’s ecosystems, a senior United Nations official today urged Member States to agree on a plan to promote a more efficient and safer use of the Earth’s resources.

Low-carbon, socially aware business models key to sustainable development – UN

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today urged businesses to transform their enterprises into low-carbon operations that are environmentally sound and benefit communities in order to remain profitable and sustainable.

Caring for the Earth will help advance economic growth, not hinder it, says Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called on countries to embrace a low-carbon, resource-efficient, pro-poor economic model, which will ensure progress while also promoting harmony with nature.

Deputy Secretary-General urges action to achieve sustainable development

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for a global development model that tackles poverty reduction, job creation, inequality, climate change and environmental degradation, while ensuring adequate access to water, energy and food for all.

Rio 2012 a chance for agreement on ‘green economy’ to fight poverty – UN official

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next year will be an opportunity for humanity to strengthen its commitment to making the transition to a “green economy” to help lift people out of poverty, a senior UN official said today.

Transition to ‘green economy’ must aim at poverty eradication – UN official

A senior United Nations official today cautioned that the failure to tackle poverty can only lead to rising social tensions, ecological pressures and economic crisis, stressing the importance of a transition to a “green economy” that fosters sustainable development and poverty eradication.