sustainable development

On International Day, Ban stresses need for solidarity to bridge sustainable development gaps

While the world has achieved significant progress in human development over the past two decades, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed out today that “prosperity has not been shared by all,” as he lauded the virtues of confronting the void with solidarity.

Gender equality is ‘critical ingredient’ in fight against poverty and hunger – UN agriculture chief

The fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition is not possible without gender equality and women empowerment, José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today in Rome, where he called for more efforts to ensure that rural women, “the backbone of our work in agriculture,” enjoy a level playing field.

UN campaign previews hub in Germany to drive action on Sustainable Development Agenda

Together with the Government of Germany, the United Nations SDG Action Campaign offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the Global Campaign Center in Bonn, a new hub that will deliver on the Campaign’s mandate to inspire action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Caught in ‘poverty trap,’ least developed countries being left behind – UN report

Even as the international community pledged to ‘leave no one behind’ with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has warned that without stronger global support, 48 of the world’s most vulnerable countries will lose ground in economic development and face increasing levels of poverty.

UN agency reports rises in wood production and demand for bioenergy

According to new data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global production of wood products has been increasing for the past six years, while wood trade saw a slight decline.

António Guterres set to be sworn in as next UN Secretary-General

Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in Monday, 12 December, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month.

On International Day, UN urges world to stand united against corruption

No country is immune, and every country bears a responsibility to end corruption, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, warning that corruption is a “broad barrier” in the path to world's achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN rights expert calls on countries to comply with laws that protect environment defenders

Governments must abide by the existing laws that protect indigenous and local communities who are stewards of key natural resources from which all humankind benefits, a United Nations human rights expert told the UN Conference on Biological Diversity today.

In Vienna, Ban says UN and Austria will continue cooperation in promoting shared goals

Kicking off what is likely to be his final overseas trip before leaving office at the end of the month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Austria today, meeting the President-elect, foreign ministry officials, and press in Vienna.

With nearly four billion people still unable to get online, UN forum to tackle 'digital divide'

The 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) opened in Jalisco, Mexico, where delegates from across the world will join thousands more online to weigh the challenges of today's digital age and equal access opportunities for all members of society.