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.

UN meeting aims to help Arab journalists better understand development issues

Prominent Arab journalists and media experts convened in Beirut today for a United Nations-backed workshop aimed at enhancing the capacity of reporters to raise public awareness and participation in sustainable development issues.

UN environment agency launches plan to make sustainable consumption 'cool'

Since it has become increasingly clear that target audiences are turned off by the judgmental tone of traditional messages about the environment, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has joined with social scientists in a new bid to make saving the planet "cool."

18 sites added to UN network of global biosphere reserves

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced the addition of 18 new sites to a global network of land or coastal ecosystems dedicated to finding solutions to reconcile the preservation of biodiversity with sustainable development.

On eve of Johannesburg forum, UN official flags links between disarmament, development

With a landmark United Nations conference on economic and environmental problems set to open in Johannesburg, South Africa, a top UN official has urged the participants of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to recognize the vital role of disarmament in tackling the issues on the forum's agenda.

Annan embarks on five-nation tour of Africa prior to UN sustainable development forum

Wrapping up his personal holiday today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to kick off a series of official visits to African countries, culminating with his participation at the World Summit for Sustainable Development, which gets under way next week in South Africa.

UN forum in South Africa to focus on sustainable development

More than 100 world leaders and 60,000 participants are set to convene in Johannesburg, South Africa, over the next two weeks as a key United Nations forum opens on Monday in an effort to find new initiatives for implementing sustainable development practices and building a prosperous and secure future for their citizens.

Ahead of key forum, UN agency urges global commitment to sustainable development

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today urged world leaders attending the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development to arrive at an agreement that demonstrated their commitment to helping overcome poverty while protecting the planet for future generations.