sustainable development

On visit to Republic of Korea, Ban highlights role of businesses in sustainable development

Private businesses, which play a crucial role in achieving sustainable development, must boost their efforts to integrate sustainability principles into their operations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed during his trip to the Republic of Korea (ROK) this week.

Policies to protect wetlands necessary for sustainable economies – UN-backed report

Governments must recognize the vital economic and environmental role that wetlands play in supporting human life and biodiversity, according to a United Nations-backed report released today, which also stresses that their protection is essential for countries to transition into resource-efficient and sustainable economies.

UN development system must adapt to rapidly changing world, top official tells Assembly committee

A key United Nations committee today launched a four-yearly review of the Organization’s development activities with a top official calling for re-energizing the system to adapt to the new realities of a changing world.

UN officials highlight role of tourism in achieving sustainable development

United Nations officials today highlighted the role that tourism can play in achieving sustainable development objectives, as they marked World Tourism Day.

Forests play key role in helping countries achieve sustainable development – UN official

From soil and water preservation to conserving biodiversity, forests play a crucial role in helping countries achieve sustainable development, a senior United Nations official stressed today at the opening of a key gathering on forestry.

At UN-backed conference, African countries adopt sustainable development measures

Environment ministers and representatives from over 40 African countries today adopted a set of programmes to boost sustainable development on the continent, agreeing to fully engage with the implementation of the outcome document of the United Nations Rio+20 Conference which was adopted in June.

At UN-backed conference, African officials discuss path to sustainable development

Representatives from more than 40 African countries have gathered at a United Nations-backed conference in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss the region’s strategy to achieve sustainable development and come up with an integrated strategy for the region to encourage environmental initiatives.

UN calls for action to reduce health and environmental risks posed by use of chemicals

Governments must urgently act to reduce the health and environmental hazards posed by the increase in use of chemicals in industries worldwide, says a United Nations report launched today, which stresses that more sustainable management policies are needed to address this growing risk.

UN launches sustainable development network to help find solutions to global problems

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a new independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions to help find solutions for some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems.

UN and G20 can support each other to advance common goals, say top officials

As the General Assembly met today to hear about the outcome of the Group of 20 (G20) summit held in Mexico in June, top United Nations officials highlighted issues on which the two bodies can work together, including employment, nutrition and sustainable development.