sustainable development

UN-backed Asian forum highlights transportation’s role in sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed efforts by Asian countries meeting at a United Nations-backed regional forum to address transportation as part of the effort to fight climate change and achieve sustainable development.

Production sectors cost trillions in damages to world environment – UN-backed study

Primary production and processing in such sectors as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mining, oil and gas exploration and utilities cost the world economy $7.3 trillion a year in damage to the environment, health and other vital benefits for humankind, a new United Nations-backed report warned today, calling for stricter ecological sustainability.

At forum, Ban highlights need to work towards sustainable energy for all

Calling it “one of the most critical issues of our time,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of strong partnerships to achieve universal access to sustainable energy.

On first International Day of Happiness, Ban calls for inclusive human development

Marking the first ever International Day of Happiness, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to commit to an inclusive and sustainable human development that will improve the well-being of those who lack basic services needed to pursue happiness.

FEATURE: Developing countries experiencing unprecedented growth, says UN report

The rapid growth of developing countries is propelling millions out of poverty on an unprecedented scale and radically reshaping the global system, according to a flagship United Nations report launched today.

Sustainable development goals must address threats to environment – UN officials

United Nations officials today stressed that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are being formulated by Member States must address the environmental degradation that is threatening present and future generations.

New UN partnership will help 30 countries transition to green economies

United Nations agencies will support 30 countries over the next seven years to build green economy strategies that will generate jobs, promote clean technologies and reduce environmental risk, through a new partnership launched today.

Economic development tops priorities for ECOSOC, says new President

The head of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today called for greater coordination between the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions to reduce inequalities, as he laid out priorities for the body tasked with confronting the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges.

Colombian ambassador elected as head of UN Economic and Social Council

Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia was elected today to serve as President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), marking the annual handover of leadership for one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and the main body tasked with confronting the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges.

General Assembly creates group to work on sustainable development goals

The United Nations General Assembly today established a working group that will focus on the design of a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.