UN on Climate Change

FEATURE: Climate change and the world’s oceans

5 June 2017 - 4:36pm
The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from 5 to 9 June.

UN Ocean Conference opens with calls for united action to reverse human damage

5 June 2017 - 1:34pm
Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet.

Get outside, connect with the planet that sustains us, urges UN on World Environment Day

5 June 2017 - 1:00am
With well documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the theme of this year&#39s World Environment Day &#8211 &#39Connecting People to Nature&#39 &#8211 the United Nations is highlighting the vast benefits, from food security and improved health to water supply and climatic stability, that clean environments provide to humanity.

FEATURE: UN Ocean Conference ‘dream come true’ for Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Tobago

2 June 2017 - 1:49pm
Protecting the oceans is among the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the blueprint for a more just and equitable world adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations in September 2015.

UN poised to open summit on world&#39s oceans; outcome will &#39call for action&#39 on ocean health

2 June 2017 - 1:00am
Warming oceans, depleting sea life and plastic pollution are on the agenda for next week&#39s ocean summit at the United Nations, which will call for urgent action to improve the health of the oceans, while also creating jobs and raising people out of poverty.

Green economy is &#39the economy of the future,&#39 says UN chief, urging commitment to climate action

2 June 2017 - 1:00am
Underscoring the threats posed by climate change &#8211 those already apparent, as well as those sure to impact the future of the planet &#8211 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged Governments worldwide to &#8220stay the course&#8221 and remain committed to climate action.

US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a &#39major disappointment&#39 &#8211 UN

1 June 2017 - 1:00am
The Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General today said that the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.

Sri Lanka: UN agency deploys rapid assessment teams to assist in wake of monsoon floods, landslides

30 May 2017 - 5:53pm
According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC), the South Asian country is combatting floods and mudslides in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Mora, while the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) today deployed three rapid assessment teams to the most affected districts, where some 177 people have died and 109 remain missing.

Climate action &#39a necessity and an opportunity,&#39 says UN chief, urging world to rally behind Paris accord

30 May 2017 - 5:46pm
Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all.

FEATURE: ‘Grandpa Oyster’ offers example of sustainable ocean business

30 May 2017 - 2:11pm
Shigeatsu Hatakeyama’s oyster farm was completely destroyed by the deadly tsunami that hit north-east Japan in March 2011.

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.