Energy indicators can help achieve sustainable development goals – UN report

Energy indicators for sustainable development represent an important component in national planning, says a new report analyzing results in seven countries that was issued today by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

UN commission hears calls for major policy push to promote energy efficiency

Delegates to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development meeting in New York today proposed a wide range of measures aimed at helping to bring modern energy services to the poor, reduce energy waste and cut climate change-causing greenhouse gases.

New UN report shows industrial development as engine of economic growth

Developing countries need greater technological capabilities and flexibility to succeed in an increasingly competitive and fast paced global environment, according to a new report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

UN-backed environmental initiative announces 25 finalists for biodiversity prize

Innovative ecotourism, community fishery cooperatives and sustainable crocodile-egg harvesting are among the projects that have been recognized by the United Nations-backed Equator Initiative, which announced the 25 finalists for a prize for exceptional local achievements towards the alleviation of poverty in the equatorial region through conservation and use of biodiversity.

New UN-backed programme to promote sustainable development in Arab States

A new United Nations-backed programme, bolstered by the public and private sector, was launched today to allow Arab States to achieve sustainable development in the face of both opportunities and risks posed by globalization.

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.