Time is running out to achieve sustainable development, UN warns

Warning that time is running out in the race for sustainable development – vital in the war on growing poverty, hunger, disease and ecological degradation – the United Nations environmental agency is hosting regional meetings and producing a set of indicators to bring about concrete improvements at the ground level.

New UN book lauds women’s key role in quest for sustainable development

Women are the world’s great unsung conservationists, often outpacing men in their knowledge and nurturing of domestic and wild plants and animals, and it is thanks to them that many species survive while men sometimes turn to idling, gambling and drinking, according to a new United Nations book released today.

UN Commission on Sustainable Development ends 12th session

The international community must accelerate its pace towards the achievable goals of delivering safe drinking water, basic sanitation and shelter for the poor by 2015, the chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development told the meeting's high-level ministerial segment as it wrapped up its 12th session today.

International agenda must include sustainable development, Annan says

Despite the war in Iraq, the international agenda must be balanced with attention to environmental protection, social progress and economic growth, especially as they concern water, sanitation and settlements, in the struggle to improve human welfare, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Sanitation expert at UN meeting recommends governments promote not provide

With some 2.4 billion people lacking access to basic sanitation, a World Bank expert has recommended using a "what people want" approach, giving governments the role of creating demand and enabling local industries to meet that demand, instead of providing the facilities themselves.

UN official calls for doubling of spending on sanitation and clean drinking water

The world needs to more than double its spending if it is to achieve its 2015 target of halving the proportion of people without access to sanitation and drinking water, a senior United Nations official today told a UN commission set up to promote sustainable development in poor countries.

Water, sanitation, housing focus of UN development commission's annual session

With more than half of the hospital beds in the world filled with people afflicted by water-related illnesses, and 3 million to 4 million people dying each year from waterborne diseases, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) will turn the spotlight of its annual session on water, sanitation and human settlements, the meeting's chairman said today.

West Africans seek UNESCO biosphere reserves for sustainable development

West African environment ministers, meeting at the United Nations cultural agency in Paris, have called on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to use six major nature reserves in the region as sustainable development sites to generate incomes and help fight poverty.