sustainable development

Guterres highlights power of sport for inclusive, sustainable future

The United Nations Secretary-General on Tuesday urged everyone involved in the sport sector to help advance climate action, combat discrimination and prejudice, and ensure that global sporting events leave a positive legacy. 

‘Seize the moment’ to recover and rebuild better, UN deputy chief urges Asia-Pacific nations

Confronting major setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic, countries in Asia and the Pacific “must now seize the moment” to rebuild and recover better together, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said on Tuesday. 

Exploited and marginalized, Bangladeshi tea workers speak up for their rights

Tea garden workers in Bangladesh, who are mainly women, are one of the most marginalized groups in the country, with limited access to education for their children and prone to dire health risks. A programme supported by the UN’s Joint SDG Fund, which funds initiatives focused on sustainable development, aims to boost social protection for these works, helping them access their rights and improve their life prospects.

Countries adopt landmark framework that transforms ‘value’ of nature

UN Member States agreed a new statistical framework on Wednesday that takes into account the contributions of nature, when measuring economic prosperity and human well-being. 

Commitment to post-pandemic ‘green’ recovery falling short, UN-backed study finds

Countries have fallen short in their commitments to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic, with just 18 per cent of announced recovery spending going towards ‘green’ investment, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the UN and Oxford University. 

Equality in engineering crucial to achieving sustainable development: UN-backed report

Regional disparities in engineering, especially in Africa, must be addressed if the world is to realize a common future where no one is left behind, according to a report issued on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners. 

Reflect nature’s ‘true value’ in economic policies and decisions, UN chief urges

Nations must start weighing up the cost of economic profit against damage to the environment if they are to have a chance at a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday. 

UN post-COVID poll: 1.5 million outline their needs, hopes and fears 

The world’s first global poll conducted during the COVID-19 crisis to ask people what their biggest needs, hopes and fears are, 75 years after the UN was founded, has turned up some surprising findings.

One of them, perhaps, is the fact that more people in low and middle income countries, than in rich nations, called for greater global solidarity for communities badly hit by the pandemic. UN News’s Daniel Johnson, spoke to Under-Secretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild, about meeting the needs of millions in the years ahead.

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News in Brief 6 January 2021

  • ‘Conflict trap’ a growing obstacle to sustainable development - UN chief
  • Declaration to fix ‘Gulf rift’ welcomed
  • Rights expert welcomes court’s refusal to extradite Wikileaks' Assange
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We all have a role to play for a better tomorrow, UN Assembly President says in New Year message

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has urged everyone around the world “to continue to work together” to end the coronavirus pandemic, and to build an inclusive and sustainable future.