Green industries essential to foster sustainable economic growth – UN agency

Industries should take into account green measures for every aspect of what they do to be able to ensure their sustainable future, the United Nations agency entrusted with accelerating industrial development in poorer States said today.

At time of global transition, UN more necessary than ever to tackle challenges – Ban

With the world facing a pivotal juncture in its history, the global need for the United Nations has never been greater in tackling multiple issues, from sustainable development to ensuring peace to mitigating mega-disasters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

UN official looks to US leadership at next year’s sustainable development summit

The head of next year’s United Nations world summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro today said he looked for leadership from the United States to make it a successful conference.

UN chief urges change in resource consumption patterns for sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for fundamental changes in humanity’s resource consumption patterns and values, saying the planet’s natural environment is under unprecedented pressure with far-reaching social and economic consequences.

UN highlights challenge of balancing poverty eradication with sustainable development

Eradicating global poverty while promoting sustainable development is the key challenge facing the world, as it becomes clear that economic progress based on the current pattern of production and consumption is increasingly harmful to the environment, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Ban lauds landmark pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic wealth

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a historic new United Nations treaty on sharing the genetic wealth of the Earth with developing nations and communities, calling the agreement a significant step to reaching global development goals.

UN sustainable development forum ends with call for more investment in research

The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) wrapped up its annual session today by emphasizing the need for ramping up investment in research and development in innovative and sustainable agricultural technologies and infrastructure in poor countries.

Secretary-General Ban calls for ‘reinvigoration’ of agriculture

As the world faces a food crisis, agriculture requires “reinvigorating” to produce enough food to feed the burgeoning global population, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Water and sanitation vital to achieving other development goals, UN official says

Improving access to safe drinking water and decent sanitation worldwide will be critical to resolving many other challenges relating to sustainable development, such as desertification, rural health and ensuring that agriculture in poor countries is more effective, a United Nations official said today.

Climate change and development must be tackled together – Ban Ki-moon

Climate change, industrialization, air pollution and the need to boost clean energy supplies for developing countries are urgent global challenges that must be addressed in concert, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he opened a gathering of dozens of environmental ministers at United Nations Headquarters in New York.