UN on Climate Change

FEATURE: UN-backed projects in the Caribbean highlight connection between life on land and life below water

26 May 2017 - 3:13pm
The vital role of the world's oceans in human well-being and development is being highlighted next month as the United Nations hosts a global conference aimed at protecting these resources.

With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico

25 May 2017 - 4:04pm
Opening a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed cautioned that the world would not reach its development goals without tackling climate change and disaster risk.

UN resilience ‘scorecard’ to help cities curb disaster losses from climate change, other risk drivers

23 May 2017 - 5:21pm
As world leaders and civil society representatives gather today in Cancun, Mexico, for a biennial United Nations forum on preventing and mitigating disaster impacts, the UN today launched an updated plan to increase the number of cities and towns with the capacity to reduce their disaster losses by 2020.

INTERVIEW: Achieving global development goals ‘inconceivable’ without reducing disaster risk, stresses UN official

23 May 2017 - 12:28pm
According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), disaster risk reduction is an integral part of social and economic development, and is essential if development is to be sustainable for the future. In 2015, for example, there were nearly 350 reported disasters, over 22,000 deaths, 98.6 million people affected, and $66.5 billion in economic damage.

On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

22 May 2017 - 1:37pm
Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking International Day for Biological Diversity.

Climate-vulnerable islands in spotlight ahead of UN disaster risk reduction forum in Mexico

22 May 2017 - 1:24pm
Hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis are increasingly common threats to the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations, whose representatives are meeting today in Cancun, Mexico, ahead of a major United Nations conference on risk reduction.

Identifying all-time deadliest weather events, UN says history can help mitigate future disasters

18 May 2017 - 1:00am
The United Nations weather agency today announced &#8220world records&#8221 for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms, marking the first time its Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from temperature and weather records to address impacts of specific events.

Amid ‘dramatic’ climate changes, UN launches plan to step-up polar weather and sea-ice monitoring

15 May 2017 - 2:27pm
With relatively little data available about the Earth’s Polar Regions – posing risks for people and the environment – the United Nations weather agency has kicked off of a two-year international effort to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity and to improve future environmental safety at the farthest reaches of the planet.

Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets – UN agency

15 May 2017 - 12:54pm
The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, threatening the realization of global sustainable development goals by the 2030 deadline, according to the United Nations agricultural agency.

UN report assesses ‘huge benefits’ and challenges of green energy revolution

12 May 2017 - 1:23pm
The latest United Nations report on energy-efficiency technologies shows that low-carbon technologies apparently aid clean air, save water and cut land use, and could reduce 25 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and 17 million tonnes of particulates a year.

UN agricultural agency links food security and climate change in new guidelines

12 May 2017 - 1:00am
The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore.

Next month&#39s ocean conference eyes cutting $35 billion in fisheries subsidies &#8211 UN trade officials

10 May 2017 - 1:00am
Harmful fishing subsidies that contribute to overfishing are estimated to be as high as $35 billion, fisheries experts from the United Nations trade and development agency today said, highlighting one of the key issues that will be debated at next month&#39s Ocean Conference.

Weather, climate and water challenges in spotlight at annual session of UN weather agency council

10 May 2017 - 1:00am
Strengthening weather and climate services to protect lives, property and the economy from increasingly extreme and unusual weather is among the pressing issues being discussed at the annual session of the United Nations weather agency&#39s coordinating body, which kicked off today in Geneva.

On World Migratory Bird Day, UN spotlights common destiny for wildlife and people

10 May 2017 - 1:00am
A healthy planet for migratory birds means a healthy plant for people, as they share the habitats on the Earth, the heads of two United Nations-backed environmental treaties said, marking World Migratory Bird Day.

PODCAST: Saving ‘the blue heart of the planet’ with Sylvia Earle

8 May 2017 - 3:24pm
As a little girl, Sylvia Earle, today perhaps the world’s best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean.

Importance of broad financing for sustainable forest management highlighted at UN forum

4 May 2017 - 6:35pm
A United Nations meeting on sustainable management of forests today discussed the importance of mobilizing resources from a diverse range of actors to ensure broad ownership as well as to advance the overall sustainable development agenda.

On World Tuna Day, UN cites importance of sustainably managed fish stocks in achieving 2030 Agenda

2 May 2017 - 5:34pm
As migratory tuna species account for 20 per cent of the value of all marine capture fisheries and over eight per cent of all globally traded seafood, the inaugural celebration by the United Nations of World Tuna Day is an important step in recognizing the critical role of tuna to sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world.

Protection of forests ‘fundamental to security of humanity’s place on this planet,’ UN Forum told

1 May 2017 - 3:02pm
Kick-starting action on the recently-adopted Global Forest Goals to protect, sustainably manage and increase world’s forest area will be a key focus for delegations gathered in New York for the twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests, which opened today at United Nations Headquarters.

FEATURE: UN’s mission to keep plastics out of oceans and marine life

27 April 2017 - 11:33am
There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations.

Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences, says UN

26 April 2017 - 4:04pm
The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

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