sustainable development

Ban rings Wall Street closing bell, welcomes NY Stock Exchange to UN initiative

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to a United Nations initiative which seeks to support responsible and sustainable investments.

Historic journey of solar-powered plane an inspiration for sustainability – UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded today the journey of the first solar-powered plane to cross the United States from coast to coast and declared that the historic flight could serve as an inspiration to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development.

General Assembly sets up new UN forum to boost sustainable development efforts

The General Assembly today established a new High-level Political Forum, which will replace the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, to boost efforts to tackle global economic, social and environmental challenges.

New strategies needed as rapid urbanization threatens sustainable development - UN report

Without fresh ideas to address rapid urbanization, the number of people living in slums lacking access to basic infrastructure and services such as sanitation, electricity, and health care may skyrocket from one billion at present to three billion by 2050, the United Nations today reports.

UN officials highlight key role of entrepreneurs in addressing development issues

Supporting young entrepreneurs is essential to tackling the world's most pressing challenges and launching a new era of global engagement, senior United Nations officials said today, urging Governments to foster enabling business environments to help achieve sustainable development.

Ban calls on private sectors in US, China sector to help achieve sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to Chinese and United States-based companies to boost their efforts to achieve sustainable development and prosperity through partnerships, stressing their impact in developing countries.

At UN debate, experts weigh clean energy, water strategies to halt ‘runaway’ climate change

With dire warnings likely to match or exceed the worst fears about the effects of global warming, environment and development experts gathered today at United Nations Headquarters to debate the twin challenge of curbing climate change while sustaining economic growth.

UN convenes meeting on role of technology and innovation for sustainable development

Senior United Nations officials, policymakers, civil society representatives and other stakeholders gathered today at UN Headquarters in New York for a special Economic and Social Council forum on mobilizing science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.

‘Greening’ global trade vital for sustainable development – UN report

In an increasingly interconnected world where trillions of dollars worth of goods and services are traded annually, the rabidly expanding market for low-carbon and environmentally friendly products will create new opportunities, the United Nations environmental agency today reported.

Asia’s soaring consumption of raw materials unsustainable, UN warns

The Asia-Pacific region, which has overtaken the rest of the world in consumption of raw materials as affluence and manufacturing increase, must boost its resource efficiency or risk losing ground in lifestyle, economic growth and environmental sustainability, according to a UN report released today.