The official website of the United Nations. Includes mission statements, structure of the organization, NGO section and information on current events and projects.
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)
The UNCED was held from June 3 - 14, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference was the culmination of two years of negotiations by the Preparatory Committees. Five major agreements on global environmental issues were signed. Two of these, The Framework Convention on Climate Change and The Convention on Biological Diversity, were formal treaties whose provisions are binding on the parties. The other three UNCED agreements were non-binding statements on the relationship between sustainable environmental practices and the pursuit of social and socioeconomic development. Agenda 21 is a wide-ranging assessment of social and economic sectors with goals for improving environmental and developmental impact of each. The Rio Declaration summarizes consensus principles of sustainable development, and the Statement on Forest Principles pledges parties to more sustainable use of forest resources.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Established in 1964, UNCTAD aims at the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
With stations in 166 countries, the UNDP uses its global network to help the UN system and its partners to raise awareness and track progress, while it connects countries to the knowledge and resources needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The UNDP also focuses on helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of: a) democratic governance, b) poverty reduction, c) crisis prevention and recovery, d) energy and environment and d) HIV/AIDS.
United Nations Millennium Declaration
The Millennium Development Goals as adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 8 September 2000.