sustainable development

UN appoints Red from the 'Angry Birds' as Honorary Ambassador for International Day of Happiness

The United Nations today appointed Red, the leader of the “Angry Birds” mobile game characters, as an envoy to inspire climate action toward a sustainable and happier future for all.

‘Crouching Tiger’ actress named advocate for new UN development goals

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has appointed award-winning action heroine Michelle Yeoh as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, whose mission is to mobilize support for the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN statistical body agrees to global indicators to measure sustainable development goals

The United Nations Statistical Commission today agreed on a set of global indicators that will measure success towards the new sustainable development agenda, which will lead anti-poverty efforts through 2030.

UN deputy chief links importance of sustainable peace with progress on development

Speaking today at a forum aimed to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared sustainable prosperity, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson highlighted that peaceful solutions served both national and international interest and would only be lasting if coupled with development.

At 50, UN development programme revamps itself to tackle new sustainability goals

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with its presence in more than 170 poor and vulnerable countries, must rise to the challenge of advancing a “big, new, more complex, and transformational” sustainable development agenda, the head of the agency said today at al ministerial meeting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding.

UN adviser cites mobile industry's critical role in advancing Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations adviser on the new 15-year development agenda has underlined the importance of partnership with the mobile communications industry and the critical role it will play in promoting, advancing and measuring the Sustainable Development Goals.

This must be 'year of traction' to propel 2030 development Agenda, says UN chief

Just as 2015 was a year of “global action” with the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so 2016 must be a year of “global traction” to ensure that 3.1 billion people worldwide are not left behind in the race to end poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Social inclusion central to 2030 Agenda, UN Social Development Commission hears as new session opens

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda – which places people and the planet at the centre of global development – presents new challenges and opportunity for the United Nations Commission on Social Development, a senior UN official said today, opening the body's 54th annual session with a call for building on its strengths to foster an integrated approach when addressing social policies.

INTERVIEW: world’s most difficult task – ensuring UN sustainable development agenda, says top adviser

“It’s about the toughest job any human being could be given” – that is how David Nabarro, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, describes the task the United Nations chief entrusted to him last month.

In Zurich, Ban calls strongly on governments to ‘leave no one behind’ in new era of global sustainability

If the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were a pact between donors and recipients, the 2030 Agenda must become must become the basis of a new social contract, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging governments to show strong ownership in the framework by aligning policies, legislation and resources so that people and the planet can benefit.