Talks continue in Bali to prepare for World Summit on Sustainable Development

Negotiators meeting in Bali, Indonesia, in a final round of preparations for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development continued talks today in an effort to iron out differences over a number of unresolved matters.

Last round of talks opens ahead of World Summit for Sustainable Development

Several thousand participants have gathered in Bali, Indonesia, for the final preparatory session laying the groundwork for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Efforts to reduce industrial effect on environment 'uneven', UN agency reports

Ten years after governments agreed to landmark measures to protect the ecosystem, the United Nations environment agency today said there was a growing gap between the efforts to reduce the impact of business and industry on nature and the worsening state of the planet.

Annan calls for steps to promote global sustainable development

Voicing concern over the fragile state of the world’s environment, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for a new ethic of global stewardship to promote sustainable development across the planet.

UN environment agency, Chinese university set up institute on sustainable development

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Shanghai's Tongji University will establish a joint institute to develop educational programmes and provide monitoring in support of sustainable development, UNEP announced today.

UN environment agency backs BBC TV series on sustainable development

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today it would sponsor a BBC television series focusing on sustainable development in the lead-up to the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development to take place later this year in South Africa.

UN begins latest preparatory session for key forum on sustainable development

As the latest round of preparations for a major United Nations summit on sustainable development got under way today in New York, a senior UN official said the challenge over the next two weeks would be to generate a final text that would reflect the priorities of Member States and is translatable into practical plans.

Development and environment closely linked, Annan tells European business forum

Stressing that the business community had an important task in ensuring the long-term viability of natural resources and ecosystems, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that an upcoming UN conference on sustainable development was an opportunity to reinforce the idea that development and environment are inextricably linked.

Renewing global cooperation to halt deforestation key goal of UN Forum on Forests

Global efforts to promote sustainable forest management is the focus of a United Nations meeting that UN and other officials have called key to spurring renewed international cooperation to protect the earth's woodlands.

UN’s forum on ‘sustainability’ to tackle key issues of human well-being -- Annan

Arguing that “sustainability” was far from an abstract concern, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that an upcoming UN forum in Johannesburg on that issue would grapple with vital problems of how people can improve their lives now without jeopardizing the well-being of future generations.