United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner spoke yesterday to the European Economic and Social Committee and other European civil society representatives on the subject of "Advancing Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20".
Imo State Government has expressed willingness to partner the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) office to enable the state realise her goals and success by target year 2015.
Countries are barely funding social protection, gender equality and climate change programmes, crucial for meeting sustainable development goals after 2015, a report by Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI) said on Thursday.
A quarter of a century ago, scientists could justifiably take some sense of satisfaction from their ability to set in motion policy shifts towards protecting the global environment.
Sustainability is often not given enough thought in development initiatives. The head of the UN Development Program, Helen Clark, says that needs to change and calls for a "new paradigm" for sustainable development.
David Cameron is to launch an 11th-hour bid to save a major UN report on the future of international development amid fears among aid groups that it has turned into "a bit of a car crash".
In the consultations about what will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015, there is pressure on politicians and political commentators to come up with the next "new" idea.
Civil Society Organizations says it is shocking that Zambia will not meet the Millenium Development Goals despite have raised so much dust about the 2015 target
France's national centre for agricultural research for development plans to set up more local partnerships to study topics agreed with organisations in developing countries "for the benefit of the world's poorest people and with a view to ensuring sustainable development".
Economic development can lead to increased biodiversity restoration in Sub-Saharan Africa, on a similar scale to its loss due to development, according to a study.
Manila, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently reported that the Philippines continues to rank higher in human development than other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and is also making progress in the attainment of the Millen ...
Recognizing the power of information to shape better policies, guide development programs and increase accountability, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with leaders of six multilateral financial institutions, announced today that they would strengthen inter-agency sharing and collaboratio ...
The High Level Panel set up by the United Nations Secretary General has completed its work and waits to submit its final report to Mr. Ban Ki Moon in July.
Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria has hailed Vietnam as a success in meeting millennium development goals (MDGs) and taking new approaches to social cohesion and poverty reduction.
I read in the Cuban press that the island has already met the “Millennium Development Goals,” set by the UN with a target for 2015.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging Caribbean and other developing countries to keep alive the promise of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
A big difference between the millennium development goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 agenda is that extensive efforts are being made to find out what matters most to the poor.
Ghana’s Report on Post- 2015 Development Agenda for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is expected to be finalized and sent to the United Nations (UN) for the special session of the General Assembly this year.
EMERGING powers, including the Brics countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are developing countries.
The renowned theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, once said that if he had just one hour to find a solution on which his life depended, he would spend the first 55 minutes defining the problem. Once he knew the right question to ask, he could solve the problem in less than five minutes.
For the second year running, the Government of India’s Economic Survey has a chapter on ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change’. This appears to signal an increasing acknowledgment of the ecological impacts of development, confined to a few desultory pages in previous Surveys.
Degradation of the natural world is undermining efforts to reduce poverty, warn scientists, who say the only chance of achieving global prosperity is for all countries to combine poverty and environmental targets.
The process of establishing a post-2015 development agenda must include youth input and participation to reflect the issues that concern them, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Envoy on Youth stressed today in his first press conference since he assumed office.
“Efforts to end poverty have to go hand-in-hand with sustainable development. Otherwise we will simply not be successful. This is why today’s Communication proposes a single coherent framework to offer a decent life for all by 2030.”
Virtually taking place behind the public scene and far from the hullabaloo of domestic politics that normally grabs media attention, Indonesia has carved out a pivotal role in shaping the post-2015 development agenda.
In September 2000, world leaders unanimously adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of specific targets for poverty eradication, universal primary school enrollment, gender equality, reduction in child and maternal mortality, combating major disease and ensuring environmental ...
The European Commission's proposals for future global development goals, to be unveiled on Wednesday (27 February), risk running into opposition from emerging countries if they veer too broadly from fighting poverty.
The next set of development goals should be underpinned by plans to measure progress and results — and to boost data infrastructures.
A question was posed in a primary class: “What makes man so powerful, teacher?” Perhaps his ability to manipulate, came the answer. Assessing global negotiations on climate change, it appears to be true
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has identified bio-economy as an important element in transforming Malaysia into a high income country by 2020, said Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.
While participants at last year’s climate meeting in Durban agreed on an extension of the troubled Kyoto Protocol, it is at this year’s meeting in Doha that policy makers have to agree on the pesky details, including long-term emission reduction goals.
Jeffrey Sachs discusses a new approach to solving sustainable-development problems
Sustainable development will only succeed if politicians prioritise people's needs over economic progress, says new report
A network of universities, research centres and technical institutions to provide practical sustainable development solutions has been launched by the UN.
The small municipality of Ilha das Cinzas in Brazil has shown that sustainable cultivation can benefit locals and protect nature. The community has only recently gained ownership over the land they now work to preserve.
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 178 countries voted to adopt the Agenda 21 blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.
ROME, May 30, 2012 (IPS) - The upcoming Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development will not succeed if the crises of hunger and malnutrition are not effectively addressed.
29 May 2012 – Asia-Pacific nations must adopt low carbon policies to reduce poverty and sustain their economic growth, according to a United Nations roadmap launched today, which puts forward a series of strategies to help developing countries in the region deal with shrinking natural resources ...
U.N. Development Goals for better drinking water have already been reached, but a closer look shows that the measures fail to truly account for the lack of access to safe water
A lack of political will has meant the sustainable development ambitions of the Rio Earth summit two decades ago have not made enough progress, the head of the UN's development programme has warned.
I’ve got my hands full sifting through western hemlock and lodgepole pine, stepping over a mossy trunk trying to miss the oak fern, and peering past splayed layers of needles.
MEXICO CITY, Mar 7, 2012 (IPS) - In Latin America, where bank loans for environmentally sustainable activities are rare, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is seeking to foment green credit.
The international target to halve the number of people who do not have access to safe drinking water has been met, five years before the 2015 deadline, the UN announced on Tuesday.
VANCOUVER, Feb 19, 2012 (IPS) - Contrary to popular belief, humans have failed to address the earth's worsening emergencies of climate change, species' extinction and resource overconsumption not because of a lack of information, but because of a lack of imagination, social scientists and artist ...
The word 'sustainability' is on everyone's lips in the lead-up to the Rio+20 conference in Brazil in June. But if development policy is to improve, mere lip service must be replaced with binding agreements.
DO WE need to release elephants into the Australian bush? Maybe we do, ecologist David Bowman suggests. He thinks we need to consider such extreme measures to bring stability to the nation's disrupted ecosystems.
UNITED NATIONS — Representatives from around the world will be returning to Rio de Janeiro this June — 20 years after the U.N. Earth Summit — but this time the focus will be on sustainable development, not climate change, a Brazilian diplomat said Tuesday.
Nations will be asked to sign up for 10 goals and promise to build green economies at this summer's earth summit
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) say the new African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI), a Global Development Alliance partnership to invest in sustainable cocoa programs in West Africa, will be launched in the ...
18 October 2011 – Young environmental leaders from 18 developing countries are meeting at a United Nations backed workshop in Germany this week to showcase their own, innovative solutions for sustainable development, ranging from eco-tourism to eco-friendly cooking fuel.