sustainable development

Pro-poor urbanization, sustainable infrastructure can unlock Asia-Pacific's prosperity – UN

Some 400 million people in Asia and the Pacific still confront poverty as part of their daily lives due to widening income inequality, despite the region's impressive gains in reducing poverty in recent decades, a United Nations-backed report has found.

UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found.

Despite progress, world’s most marginalized still left behind – UN development report

A flagship United Nations report launched today finds that although the average human development improved significantly since 1990, progress is uneven, with systemic discrimination against women, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities.

Ahead of International Day, UN and Smurfs team up to promote happiness and sustainable development

Every person – no matter how big, small or blue – can make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy, the United Nations today told young people at a special ceremony for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that included the Smurfs and a handover of the key to Smurfdom.

UN Broadband Commission urges public-private partnerships to reach 'the unconnected'

New public-private partnerships are essential if broadband is to reach everyone and help accelerate the achievement of global sustainable development goals, members of the United Nations broadband commission said today.

UN announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance

The United Nations today announced the establishment of an Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, which will be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.

UN calls for support to recovery plan as Haiti loses $2.7 billion in Hurricane Matthew

The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment that shows the country lost $2.7 billion, or 32 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as a result of Hurricane Matthew six months ago.

At first ‘playable’ UN conference, tech experts, gamers drive new thinking on global development

Hands-free gardening for a greener future, video gamers using their skills to help achieve the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – these were just a few of the innovative and forward-looking ideas in the spotlight at the world body’s first ever ‘playable’ policy conference, held in the German city of Bonn.

On Wildlife Day, UN spotlights youth's role as today's change-makers, tomorrow's custodians

With the fate of the world's wildlife soon to be in the hands of the next generation, the United Nations is observing this year's World Wildlife Day with a call to harness the power of young people's voices in conservation efforts.

‘Communicating SDGs’ key to achieving global development targets – senior UN official

Bringing together a diverse array of partners to communicate the Sustainable Development Goals was a key focus on day two of the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development, a ‘playable’ United Nations conference under way in Bonn, Germany, that aims to chart new ways of thinking on addressing some of the world’s most complex development challenges.