sustainable development

Sustainable forests key to meet development goals – UN report

The world's forests have a major role to play in the transition to a greener economy, but governments need to do more to ensure they are sustainably managed, according to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), issued today.

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

Food – Chief Development Strategist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development

UN and partners unveil new initiative to achieve sustainable cities

The United Nations and its partners today unveiled a new initiative to achieve sustainable urban development by promoting the efficient use of energy, water and other resources, lowering pollution levels and reducing infrastructure costs in cities.

Rio+20: expectations remain high on last day of Brazil-led negotiations

Expectations to produce a strong outcome document at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) are still high, a senior UN official said today.

Rio+20: Sustainable development needs women’s empowerment, UN official says

Importance of women’s role in sustainable development must be reflected in all aspects of Rio+20 outcome document, UN official says.

UN officials stress importance of healthy soils to sustainable development

Top United Nations officials have called for greater efforts to preserve the soils on which human subsistence depends and to halt and reverse land degradation.

Rio+20: youth turn to green jobs as an answer to unemployment

Finding jobs that provide adequate working conditions and help the environment is one of the main priorities of young people participating at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

Rio+20: 'encouraging progress' made on outcome document

“Engouraging progress” was made by countries on the final day of the last round of talks aimed at reaching agreement on the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), a UN official said today.

Amid global uncertainty, G20 summit in Mexico must achieve real results – Ban

Next week’s summit of the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies must achieve meaningful results, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told world leaders, stressing the need to tackle the global jobs crisis, ensure green growth and promote sustainable development.

Rio+20: at forum, business leaders discuss shifting to sustainable path

Thousands of business leaders to gather today to reach consensus on sustainable policies ahead of Rio+20 Conference.