sustainable development

Following Rio+20, UN expert body calls on businesses to respect human rights

A United Nations expert body today expressed concern that the outcome document agreed at the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) failed to explicitly mention that businesses must respect human rights.

UN senior officials highlight Rio+20 achievements

United Nations senior officials today highlighted the achievements made during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stressing that they represent a global movement of change in which governments, the private sector and civil society all contribute to achieve global prosperity while protecting the environment.

Rio+20: Secretary-General challenges nations to achieve ‘zero hunger’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ which invites all countries to work for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient.

Rio+20: $513 billion pledged towards sustainable development

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), some $513 billion in funding has been committed by governments, the private sector, civil society and other groups to achieve a sustainable future.

Rio+20: sustainable practices during forum to lower environmental impact

Reducing the use of paper, providing vehicles powered by biodiesel and electricity, and using recyclable materials are some of the practices that were pursued during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to minimize the forum’s environmental impact.

Rio+20: Ban urges world leaders to build on sustainable development commitments

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders to build on the commitments they made during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to achieve economic, environmental and social prosperity for people all over the world.

Rio+20: Ban announces more than 100 commitments on sustainable energy

Speaking in Brazil today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that more than one hundred commitments and actions have been already mobilized in support of the UN’s global sustainable energy initiative.

Rio+20 Feature: Seven Issues, Seven Experts – Jobs

Jobs – Peter Poschen, Director of the Job Creation and Enterprise Development Department, ILO

UN honours local groups with Equator Prize for sustainable development work

Twenty-five local and indigenous groups were honoured on Wednesday evening by the United Nations for their outstanding contributions to sustainable development.

Rio+20: Interview with Ed Norton, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity

Among the thousands of people attending Rio+20 is US actor and conservation activist Edward Norton, who also serves as the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity. In an interview, he told the News Centre why biological diversity and its significance for the world.