UN on Climate Change

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.

UN agency and Chinese bike-share firm team up to raise awareness about climate change

25 April 2017 - 4:22pm
The United Nations development agency is teaming up with ofo, a China-based bike sharing platform, to raise public awareness about climate change, it was announced today.

Mother Earth Day: Environmental and climate literacy vital for building cleaner, greener planet, says UN

22 April 2017 - 1:00am
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs, the United Nations is stressing Mother Earth Day.

UN agency uses satellite data to aid farmers in Africa, Middle East boost water efficiency

20 April 2017 - 1:00am
The United Nations agricultural agency created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to figure out how much water is being used to irrigate crops, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity.

Iraq: UN assessment reveals extensive destruction in western Mosul

13 April 2017 - 1:37pm
Using satellite imagery and local researches, the most recent evaluation confirms that western Mosul has undergone extensive destruction, “far greater than in the east,” according to a senior United Nations aid official in the country.

UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival

11 April 2017 - 6:05pm
With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans.