Secretary-General urges steps to protect global environment amid economic growth

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responding to environmental degradation and persisting poverty amid global economic growth, has proposed a new action plan to be considered by negotiators gathering next year in Johannesburg for a United Nations meeting on sustainable development.

Asia-Pacific nations adopt platform for UN summit on sustainable development

Following high-level talks in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, delegates from around Asia and the Pacific today adopted a regional platform statement on sustainable development that will feed into the global preparatory process for next year’s United Nations summit on this issue.

UNEP hails Dutch financial backing in run-up to UN environment summit

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today said the decision by the Netherlands to almost double its contribution to the agency’s core budget was a welcome show of support in advance of next year’s UN forum on sustainable development.

Asia-Pacific nations meet to prepare for UN summit on sustainable development

Delegates from Asian-Pacific countries met in Cambodia's capital today for the start of a high-level meeting to consolidate the region's position for an upcoming United Nations conference on sustainable development.

Preparations for summit on sustainable development go global, UN official says

Preparations for next year's World Summit on Sustainable Development advanced this week from the regional to the global level, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai told a press conference today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Concrete agenda needed for sustainable development summit: UN official

An upcoming international conference on sustainable development would lack credibility if it did not produce real and practical steps for maintaining such economic growth, a senior United Nations official said today.

Annan boosts preparations for upcoming development summit

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked Dutch Environment Minister Jan Pronk to serve as his Special Envoy for an upcoming global conference on sustainable development.

More efforts to promote sustainable development urged at African meeting

A regional meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, preparing for a major United Nation conference on environmental issues, has urged African countries to mobilize their efforts to promote sustainable development and called on the international community to support that undertaking.

Asia-Pacific region prepares for UN World Summit on Sustainable Development

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations entities dealing with the environment and socio-economic issues in Asia and the Pacific have begun regional preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2002.

UN summit on sustainable development aims to generate sense of hope

The goal of an upcoming United Nations summit on sustainable development was to generate a sense of hope for the future of the world economy, living conditions and environment, the top UN official for economic and social affairs said today.