World off track for reaching key goal on sustainable energy by 2030

The world is not on track to meet Sustainable Development Goal 7, designed to ensure access to affordable, reliable energy for all, a new report from the UN and partners revealed on Monday.

Cities ‘critical battlegrounds’ for a sustainable future: Guterres

When it comes to fighting for a sustainable future, the world’s cities are “critical battlegrounds” and more important than ever to making multilateralism work for all, said the UN chief in a video message on Monday to the United Nations Habitat Assembly.

New General Assembly President to prioritize ‘Peace, Prosperity, Progress and Sustainability’

A veteran diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago was appointed President of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Oversight’s key to ensure sustainability in outer space: Guterres

Effective governance of outer space is necessary to propel innovation and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a new policy brief published on Wednesday.

African free trade area could spur sustainable growth: UN chief

The robust growth that many African countries experienced before COVID-19 was lost to the pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, highlighting the need to scale up efforts towards a single trade market on the continent.

Advocating for sustainable water ‘gamechangers’, Kőrösi goes West

The water challenges confronting the western United States as a result of climate change and declining water supply, are similar to those of other countries, and if the international community takes urgent action on the outcomes of the recent UN Water Conference, there could be a big payoff.

Reform global financial system to achieve sustainable development: UN deputy chief

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “slipping from our grasp” amid cascading global crises, highlighting the need to reform the global financial system, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said in Washington, DC, on Thursday.

‘Green industrial age’ can be sustainable development breakthrough

The UN on Wednesday called for a “sustainable industrial transformation” to close the widening development gap between countries, meet ambitious climate targets, and reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.
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INTERVIEW: Olympic ‘game changer’ boosts sustainability in sport

Measures adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and supported by the UN have been described as a “game changer” for future Olympic events in terms of driving sustainability in sport and fighting climate change. Tania Braga, who heads the IOC legacy department, helps host countries stay on track to score global climate action and sustainability goals. She says the 2024 Paris Games will be the first event to implement a full range of new measures aligning sport with development and climate action. UN News spoke with Ms. Braga ahead of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, observed on 6 April.

Guterres calls for G20 to agree $500 billion annual stimulus for sustainable development

The UN on Friday called for a significant increase to the tune of $500 billion each year in extra financing from the world’s most developed nations, to meet the crucial 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.