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.

New round of preparations for UN summit on sustainable development opens next week

A new round of preparations for a major United Nations forum on sustainable development will get under way next week in New York to lay the groundwork for a review of progress since a landmark UN conference in Rio de Janeiro a decade ago.

Need to protect coral reefs focus of new outreach effort by UN environment agency

Responding to the growing threat to coral reefs, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has teamed up with government agencies and tourist industry experts to launch an information campaign designed to educate holidaymakers about the need to protect of the valuable coral resource.

Secretary-General urges steps to protect global environment amid economic growth

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, responding to environmental degradation and persisting poverty amid global economic growth, has proposed a new action plan to be considered by negotiators gathering next year in Johannesburg for a United Nations meeting on sustainable development.

Asia-Pacific nations adopt platform for UN summit on sustainable development

Following high-level talks in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, delegates from around Asia and the Pacific today adopted a regional platform statement on sustainable development that will feed into the global preparatory process for next year’s United Nations summit on this issue.

UNEP hails Dutch financial backing in run-up to UN environment summit

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today said the decision by the Netherlands to almost double its contribution to the agency’s core budget was a welcome show of support in advance of next year’s UN forum on sustainable development.

Asia-Pacific nations meet to prepare for UN summit on sustainable development

Delegates from Asian-Pacific countries met in Cambodia's capital today for the start of a high-level meeting to consolidate the region's position for an upcoming United Nations conference on sustainable development.

Preparations for summit on sustainable development go global, UN official says

Preparations for next year's World Summit on Sustainable Development advanced this week from the regional to the global level, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai told a press conference today at UN Headquarters in New York.