sustainable development

On International Day, UN highlights urban sustainability and inclusiveness of older persons

The United Nations is today urging countries to improve older persons’ accessibility to urban infrastructure, facilities and services as two phenomena – rapid urbanization and ageing populations – are combining to dramatically change the face the world’s cities in the coming decades.

At UN, President of Sri Lanka details country’s ‘new vision’ built on sustainability and reconciliation

After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in justice, freedom and equality, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly today, reporting that his Government supports a “fresh universal approach” that deals honestly with the past while pursuing sustainable development.

Global Goals will only be realized in a world of peace, security and respect for human rights – UN Assembly President

Never before has such a large share of humanity enjoyed so good a life, “yet never before have we been at greater risk of fundamentally disrupting the basic living conditions on our small globe,” the President of the General Assembly warned today, challenging the United Nations to generate the political will to end conflict and poverty and invest the trillions of dollars that will be needed to build a sustainable global infrastructure over the next 15 years.

‘When we stand together, there is no limit to what we can achieve,’ Ban tells UN Assembly

Facing a world where inequality is growing, trust is fading, and impatience with leadership can be seen and felt far and wide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set the stage for 70th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly today with a call to “translate promises on paper to action on the ground” by backing a bold new sustainability agenda that aims to wipe out poverty and build a sustainable future for all.

UN General Assembly's annual debate opens with focus on sustainable development

Monarchs, Presidents and Prime Ministers will gather by the scores at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for the General Assembly's annual General Debate, with a small island State that symbolizes the combat against climate change – an urgent threat to global sustainability – set to occupy the first seat.

UN deputy chief says world now has ‘legitimate hope’ that universal goal on energy will be met

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today welcomed the adoption of the first-ever universal goal on energy, but cautioned that it will take “arduous work” to reach the targets needed to end poverty and combat climate change as part of the new sustainable development agenda.

At Global Citizen Festival, Ban tells crowd to ‘stand up for a better world,’ make Global Goals a reality

“Take your passion and compassion – and let’s make the global goals a global reality,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a massive crowd at New York’s Central Park last night, where he joined a star-studded roster of the world's leading performers to kick-off the fourth annual Global Citizen Festival.

Tackling water challenges an ‘urgent task’ as world moves forward on Global Goals – UN deputy chief

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged swift action on the newly-adopted Global Goals directly related to the protection and equitable use of the planet’s precious water resources, as discussion continued at UN Headquarters on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Putting education first key to unlocking progress across new UN development agenda – Ban

World leaders and education activists met at the United Nations today for a high-level event to mark the inclusion of education as a transformative stand-alone goal in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Cooperation among developing nations key to achieving new anti-poverty goals, says Ban

Cooperation among developing countries across a full spectrum ranging from trade to financing to technology transfers has a key role to play in achieving the ambitious goals of the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.