UNESCO unveils 25 new biosphere reserves worldwide for sustainable development

Twenty-five new sites, including 18 in Mexico, have been added to the United Nations global network of protected biosphere reserves where local communities are actively engaged in sustainable development management, the UN announced today.

Chief of UN Food Agency says sustainable development rests on better communication

Better communication – including more listening by donors – needs to be a more central part of developments efforts, the head the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has told a major conference on development and communications.

UN environmental chief tells African cities to access funds for sustainable growth

A senior United Nations official today urged cities across Africa to push harder to access a growing number of global environment funds for financing in areas ranging from sustainable public transport systems to cleaner, less polluting energy supplies.

Electricity and energy needs of poor emerge as priority issue as UN session ends

The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development today in New York concluded a two-week review of ways to help the 1.6 billion people who presently lack access to electricity, including through the development of new technologies, market incentives and cooperation among developing countries.

Annan calls for new approaches to energy efficiency

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan today called for new approaches to energy use with a focus on greater efficiency, increased investment in renewable sources and new technologies.

Research centres, international agencies join to save Earth’s biodiversity

Research centres and international agencies today joined forces to boost technical and policy skills for saving biodiversity in developing countries under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

96 governments at UN conference recognize essential role of agrarian reform

Seeking to lift hundreds of millions of people out of grinding poverty, representatives of 96 member countries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today ended a four-day conference on agrarian reform by acknowledging its essential role in promoting sustainable development of the planet.