Annan to stress importance of key UN conferences during London visit next week

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will give a major address on Monday in London on how two major international conferences scheduled for this year –on financing for development and on sustainable development – can support the goals set at the UN's 2000 Millennium Summit, his spokesman announced today.

Annan urges UN meeting to look at environmental side of sustainable development

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged high-level government representatives to provide an upcoming UN conference on sustainable development issues a “coherent vision” of the theme’s environmental dimension.

Preparatory body for UN sustainable development summit wraps up latest session

As the preparatory body for an upcoming United Nations summit on sustainable development issues ended its latest session today, its chairman said he had circulated a paper emphasizing practical ideas and partnerships to serve as the basis for negotiations over the forum's final text.

Investment and better trade terms needed to fight hunger in Africa - FAO

Liberalization of trade for agricultural products and increased investment is key to improving lives in Africa, the head of the United Nations food agency said today.

Challenge of covering sustainable development issues focus of UN media panel

The challenge television journalists face in covering the complex issue of “sustainable development” was the focus of a panel discussion today that brought together media executives and United Nations officials.

Annan urges focus on ‘practical agenda’ at UN summit on sustainable development

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today urged a group of prominent personalities involved in preparations for a major United Nations forum on sustainable development to focus on “a practical agenda” to make sure the conference produces tangible results and measurable targets.

Upcoming global conferences can help world's poorest countries, Annan says

Pledging United Nations support for the world's poorest countries, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pointed to two upcoming global conferences as opportunities to help those nations develop a plan for progress towards a more promising economic future.

Delegates at UN meeting stress key role of water, sanitation for sustainable development

As a United Nations committee continued to lay the groundwork for an upcoming United Nations summit on sustainable development, participants of the preparatory session in New York warned today that without ensuring safe water and sufficient sanitation, there was little chance of meeting crucial long-term development goals.

FAO chief emphasises role of agriculture in achieving sustainable development

The Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr. Jacques Diouf, today reiterated that agriculture has "important potential" for achieving the goals of an upcoming summit on sustainable development.

Preparations resume for UN summit on sustainable development

Preparations resumed today for a global summit that will examine progress since a landmark United Nations conference in Rio de Janeiro a decade ago embraced economic growth, social development and environmental protection to achieve sustainable development.