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Sustainable development and climate

The promotion of social progress and an improved standard of living as a precondition for the maintenance of international peace and security constitutes one of the central purposes of the UN Charter.

Today the UN work with social and economic development for poverty reduction, also include an environmental and climate perspective - sustainable development. The UN work for sustainable development consists of three dimensions: Environmental sustainability, social sustainability and economic sustainability.

Consequently, a vast majority of the United Nations' resources are devoted to raising the standards of living, promoting full employment and economic and social progress.

Sustainable development by topic

Development cooperation

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme is the central UN fund for development cooperation.

Allocation of resources

UNDP is funded by voluntary contributions. The contributions are linking and coordinating the development programs between host countries and the United Nations organization.

Key entities working to support Sustainable Development and Climate Action

Regional economic cooperation and development

The Regional Economic Commissions of the United Nations play an important role in the economic development and strengthening of economic relations in their regions. The five Regional Economic Commissions under ECOSOC are:

  • ECA - Economic Commission for Africa
  • ECE - Economic Commission for Europe
  • ECLAC - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • ESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • ESCWA - Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

More on UN, sustainable development and climate

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library. UN official documents and open access publications, UN maps, UN voting data and speeches.
  • UN iLibrary. UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS. UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus is a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions


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