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.

Annan names Chowdhury chief of review conference on sustainable development

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury the secretary-general of an international meeting next year to review 10 years of implementing policies to develop small island states in a sustainable way.

Experts to open talks on 10-year UN plan to promote sustainable development

The United Nations will bring together environmental experts and government officials from nearly 70 countries in Morocco next week to take the first steps toward meeting what is perhaps the most challenging development goal of the twenty-first century - changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production.

UN forum approves thematic work programme on sustainable development through 2017

The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development ended its current session today with a forward looking work plan – built around two-year “implementation cycles” on related issues – to focus efforts on ensuring the broadest possible support for achieving global development goals.

High-level UN forum devises work plan to boost sustainable development

Top government ministers and key United Nations officials meeting in New York have sketched out a two-year work cycle for the UN forum charged with helping countries integrate and, ultimately, implement the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic growth, social development and environmental protection.

World falling far short on Millennium Development Goals – UN official

A top United Nations development official has warned that the international community is falling far short of reaching targets set by world leaders in 2000 at the UN Millennium Summit, stressing that 100,000 people needed to be raised out of poverty every day, 200,000 must be provided sanitation and 400,000 more with safe energy in order to meet those goals.

Officials urge UN body to take concrete steps to ensure sustainable development for all

As world environment and resource management ministers gathered in New York today to open a key United Nations forum on sustainable development, top UN officials stressed that concrete steps must be taken towards achieving "responsible prosperity" for all.

UN forum to open 2003 session aiming to map way forward on sustainable development

The key United Nations forum bringing countries together to consider ways to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic growth, social development and environmental protection - is set to open its 2003 session next week at UN Headquarters in New York.