sustainable development

UN launches global conversation on sustainable development

The United Nations today launched a campaign ahead of its major conference on sustainable development (Rio+20) in June next year, inviting governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people everywhere to engage in a global conversation about the communities they want to see in the future.

Sustainable development key to Africa’s socio-economic challenges – Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today stressed that sustainable development is key to addressing Africa’s economic, social and environmental challenges, noting that the continent has the capacity to transition to a green economy without the adverse effects that have accompanied growth in other regions.

UN and China launch joint initiative to promote ecosystem management

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and China’s academy of sciences today launched a joint programme designed to promote proper management of ecosystems in developing countries, with a special focus on Africa.

Migiro urges youth to use skills to promote sustainable development

Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose-Migiro has exhorted young people to use their skills and energy to encourage leaders at next year’s United Nations conference on sustainable development in Brazil to commit to accelerate equitable development and poverty reduction.

Ban and Norwegian leader discuss climate change and development issues

Climate change, sustainable development and women and children’s health topped discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Norway’s Prime Minister in New York today.

UN partnership to support greater use of bio-energy crops

A cooperation agreement announced today between the United Nations and a global crop technology company seeks to develop new technologies that can support sustainable development through the use of bio-energy crops in tropical regions.

General Assembly President urges extending benefits of sustainable development

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today called for action to extend the benefits of sustainable development to all people, particularly those living in poorer countries, and urged the international community to develop consensus on how that can be done.

UN agencies to present plan for sustainable future of oceans

Four United Nations agencies have prepared a plan to limit the degradation of oceans and address issues such as overfishing, pollution and declining biodiversity to encourage countries to renew their commitment to improve oceans’ governance, the UN announced today.

Concrete actions, timeline needed for sustainable development – Assembly President

With the world facing new challenges, from food and energy crises to global recession to climate change, achieving sustainable development is more complex than ever, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser warned today, calling for concrete actions and timelines.

Development needs of today must not trump prospects for tomorrow – Ban

The world has little time to lose to come up with bold but pragmatic solutions to balance the need to provide an equitable, prosperous life for all with the imperative to save the planet from climate change and runaway over-exploitation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.