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.

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.