UN on Climate Change

UN agriculture chief calls for stronger water management, improved access for small farmers

20 January 2017 - 2:07pm
The head of the United Nations agricultural agency today urged the international community to promote more efficient use of water and to take steps to secure water access, especially for poor family farmers.

UN agency eyes recycling wastewater for large-scale farming

19 January 2017 - 12:00am
With agricultural land thirsty and water increasingly scarce, the United Nations agricultural agency is today hosting an international event to discuss the use of municipal liquid waste for farming.

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded – UN weather agency

18 January 2017 - 2:37pm
The world has just witnessed the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, the United Nations weather agency reported today, highlighting new records in indicators of human-caused climate change, as well as loss of Artic sea ice.

Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching, UN-supported study predicts

5 January 2017 - 12:00am
If current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world&#39s coral reefs will suffer severe bleaching &#8211 the gravest threat to one of the Earth&#39s most important ecosystems &#8211 on annual basis, the United Nations environment agency today reported.

Agriculture support ‘critical’ for Horn of Africa as region braces for another hunger season

20 December 2016 - 11:22am
In the wake of the multiple droughts that hit the Horn of Africa over the past year, countries in the region will face rise in hunger and further decline of local livelihoods in the coming months, while also dealing with the growing number of refugees, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reported today.

Governments make strong commitments to biodiversity at UN conference in Mexico

19 December 2016 - 3:50pm
Countries attending the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Mexico reached agreements on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

More than 5 per cent of world’s oceans now protected with more commitments underway – UN environment wing

14 December 2016 - 12:33pm
Since April, an unprecedented 3.6 million square kilometres of ocean – an area larger than India – have been designated as marine protected areas (MPAs), meaning for the first time, more than 5% of the world’s oceans are now protected.

UN rights expert calls on countries to comply with laws that protect environment defenders

8 December 2016 - 5:41pm
Governments must abide by the existing laws that protect indigenous and local communities who are stewards of key natural resources from which all humankind benefits, a United Nations human rights expert told the UN Conference on Biological Diversity today.

Countries urged to prioritize protection of pollinators to ensure food security at UN biodiversity conference

6 December 2016 - 12:00am
Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices to ensure global crop production can meet demand and avoid substantial economic losses, the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity heard today.

Banning Europe’s ‘dirty’ fuels, West African countries put people's health first – UN environment wing

5 December 2016 - 3:00pm
Five West African nations are banning ‘dirty’ European fuels – exported fuels with higher sulphur levels – in response to concerns over vehicle emissions and in an effort to bring safer, cleaner air to more than 250 million people, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions

5 December 2016 - 12:00am
Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries&#39 economies, according to a United Nations report launched today.

&#39We urgently need healthy soils to ensure essential services they provide,&#39 Ban says on World Soil Day

5 December 2016 - 12:00am
Marking World Soil Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of healthy soils, adding that &#8220sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the full potential of soils to support food production, store and supply clean water, preserve biodiversity, sequester more carbon and increase resilience to a changing climate.&#8221

At UN conference, countries adopt Cancun Declaration, ramping up efforts to protect world&#39s biodiversity

4 December 2016 - 12:00am
More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors.

Government, businesses must integrate biodiversity into their practices to halt degradation, UN conference hears

2 December 2016 - 6:32pm
The UN Biodiversity Conference today opened in Cancun, Mexico, with a call to governments and businesses to integrate biodiversity into their practices if countries are to halt further environmental degradation and ensure the well-being and prosperity of future generations.

Already overstretched, aid agencies in Somalia need more resources to tackle severe drought – UN

2 December 2016 - 11:56am
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, appealed today for an urgent scale-up in humanitarian assistance, with relief agencies already overstretched as the country faces severe drought conditions, including food and water shortages.

On eve of major UN conference, alarms raised that efforts to halt biodiversity loss are lagging

1 December 2016 - 5:09pm
Time is running out to stop the global decline in biodiversity and protect ecosystems that are essential for the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity warned today, as more than 190 countries prepare to meet on this issue in Cancun, Mexico.