sustainable development

UN-backed awards recognize innovative green enterprises

Biodegradable plates made from Colombian seeds, an online car-sharing scheme in Viet Nam, and sanitary pads made from banana waste are some of this year’s winners of a United Nations-backed award recognizing projects that help promote sustainable development.

UN Economic and Social Council set to tackle new sustainable development agenda

The United Nations Economic and Social Council has embarked on a timely slate of far-reaching reforms that will make it a stronger, more issues-oriented body, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes that mounting global economic, social and environmental pressures “suggest that the world will see continued turbulence in the coming years.”

Government leaders at UN Assembly debate urge ambitious, targeted post-2015 development agenda

Countries from across the globe called urgently today for an ambitious long-term sustainability agenda – and the mechanisms to monitor its achievement – to succeed the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle, as the United Nations General Assembly wrapped up the first week if its annual General Debate.

World leaders inaugurate new UN forum to boost sustainable development efforts

World leaders at the United Nations today inaugurated a High-level Political Forum that aims to inject new energy into the global effort to boost development for all the world’s peoples in a manner that is sustainable for future generations.

After 20 years, UN commission on sustainable development holds final session

Marking an important milestone, the United Nations commission on sustainable use of the world’s resources today concluded two decades of work, paving the way for the incoming High-level Political Forum to boost efforts to tackle global economic, social and environmental challenges.

UN chief appoints Monique Barbut of France as head of convention to combat desertification

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Monique Barbut of France as the head of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

New UN report reflects voices of more than 1 million people on development issues

The voices of more than 1 million people all over the world were gathered to produce a United Nations report launched today that reflects their priorities concerning development issues, which will help Member States shape the post-2015 sustainability agenda.

Sustainable development the ‘overriding challenge’ of 21st century – UN top official

A United Nations top official today underlined that focusing on achieving sustainable development will be crucial for Member States if they want to succeed in reducing some of the world’s most pressing issues such as poverty, economic instability and social inequality.

Private companies must boost efforts to implement sustainable policies – UN report

While private companies have made progress in recent years in addressing sustainability issues, more needs to be done to close the gap between talk and action on social responsibility, according to a United Nations report released today.

Ahead of G20 summit, Ban calls for leadership towards building more sustainable future

As the world’s leading economies prepare to meet next week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on countries to show leadership and commitment to achieve a sustainable future.