UN on Climate Change

UN agency develops new guidelines to help countries better monitor forest resources

26 July 2017 - 1:00am
The United Nations agriculture agency has created new guidelines to help countries develop a strong mechanism to monitor national forest resources.

On International Day, UN spotlights threatened coastal mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2017 - 1:00am
Coastal mangroves are among the most imperiled ecosystems on earth, with current estimates indicating that up to 67 per cent have been lost to date &#8211 according to the United Nations science wing.

Japanese YouTube star Piko Taro makes first UN appearance, promotes Global Goals

18 July 2017 - 12:46pm
Japanese entertainer Piko Taro, famous for his “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” (PPAP) viral music video, has joined the ranks of celebrities who promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on behalf of Governments, the United Nations, civil society and other actors in the global development community.

&#39Smart&#39 money moving to &#39green&#39 financing, reveals new UN report

14 July 2017 - 1:00am
Even though investments towards sustainable development in developing countries have fallen short by nearly $2.5 trillion each year, emerging financial products and encouraging policies illustrate that both public and private sectors are serious about correcting that trend, the United Nations environment arm has said.

Eleven global banks partner with UN to make financial markets more climate transparent

11 July 2017 - 7:53pm
Representing over $7 trillion, eleven major financial institutions around the globe have joined forces with the United Nations to promote climate transparency in financial markets, the Organization’s environment wing said today.

Amid rising temperatures, UN agency launches video ‘forecasts’ on impact of climate change

5 July 2017 - 2:07pm
In a year already marked by heatwaves and new daily temperature records, the United Nations weather agency and television weather anchors have joined forces to create video forecasts that explore how climate change would make future summers even hotter in major cities of the world.

On Asteroid Day, UN space agency urges international cooperation against potential threat

30 June 2017 - 1:00am
A top United Nations official today urged the international community to come together to jointly raise awareness and develop a plan to mitigate the danger from a potential asteroid impact.

UN marks first ever Day of the Tropics with focus on region’s vulnerability

29 June 2017 - 1:23pm
The majority of the world’s most vulnerable communities are in the Tropics, and will be most affected by environmental threats, the United Nations today said, marking the first ever observance of the International Day of the Tropics.

Country-level action &#39new frontier&#39 for tackling soil pollution &#8211 UN agriculture agency

23 June 2017 - 1:00am
Nitrogen and metals, like lead and mercury, can strain farmable land by polluting soil, and damaging plants, and ultimately, posing risks to food security, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.

Record high temperatures grip much of the globe, more hot weather to come &#8211 UN agency

20 June 2017 - 1:00am
Extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the United Nations weather agency reported today, warning of more heatwaves to come.

UN urges &#39reboot&#39 of drought responses to focus more on preparedness

19 June 2017 - 1:00am
Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to cope with extreme drought, because responding to such situations when they hit might be too late, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency said today.

Help preserve land &#8211 our &#39home and future&#39 &#8211 UN urges on World Day to Combat Desertification

17 June 2017 - 1:00am
With hundreds of millions of people around the globe directly affected by desertification &#8211 the degradation of land ecosystems due to unsustainable farming or mining practices, or climate change &#8211 United Nations agencies have called for better management of land so that it can provide a place where individuals and communities &#8220can build a future.&#8221

At EXPO 2017, UN agencies highlight benefits of clean energy for all

13 June 2017 - 1:00am
Showcasing the centrality of the energy sector to address global sustainable development challenges, United Nations agencies in Kazakhstan at EXPO 2017 have urged the global community for new momentum to ongoing efforts towards transition to clean energy.

Catastrophe of Aral Sea shows &#39men can destroy the planet&#39, warns UN chief Guterres

10 June 2017 - 1:00am
Continuing his visit to Central Asia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today visited the Aral Sea &#8211 once the world&#39s fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement &#8211 where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.

UN chief Guterres highlights importance of sustainable energy in message to EXPO 2017

10 June 2017 - 1:00am
Underlining the importance of energy, in particular for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable and efficient energy so that they can rise to their full potential.

All hands on deck: UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to preserve clean oceans, marine life

9 June 2017 - 1:00am
The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans today wraps up with a global agreement to reserve the decline of the ocean&#39s health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue.

&#39Unite for the ocean we need, for the future we want,&#8221 UNECSO chief says on World Oceans Day

8 June 2017 - 1:00am
A healthy ocean requires robust global knowledge of ocean science, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said, marking World Oceans Day with a strong call to mobilize and harness the best scientific knowledge to protect our planet&#39s vital oceans.

Musician Cody Simpson to be named &#39Ocean Advocate&#39 for UN development agency

7 June 2017 - 1:00am
To mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.

Record &#39green&#39 energy capacity added in 2016 as cost for renewables plunges &#8211 UN-backed report

7 June 2017 - 1:00am
The world is now adding more green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed today, showing that the &#8220renewables train has already left the station&#8221 and those who ignore this will be left behind.

At Ocean Conference, UN agencies commit to cutting harmful fishing subsidies

6 June 2017 - 1:00am
As the international community focuses this week on preserving the health of global oceans and seas, the United Nations agencies on agriculture, environment and trade are committing to the sustainable trade of fisheries.