biodiversity

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – DR Congo volcano aid operation

In this week’s 15-minute UN Catch-Up podcast, we hear from the UN aid team that’s been caught up in the terrifying volcanic eruption in DR Congo’s Goma city. Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, covering Ethiopia’s Tigray, COVID in Africa and a global biodiversity regeneration call. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes. Thanks for listening.

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News in Brief 3 June 2021

  • COVID surge risk in Africa, warns WHO
  • China-sized restoration call from UNEP, FAO
  • Food price inflation fastest since 2011
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Restoration call for area ‘the size of China’ to protect falling biodiversity and food insecurity

An area of land roughly the size of China needs restoring if the planet’s biodiversity and the communities who rely on it are to be protected, UN agencies said on Thursday.

First Person: The ‘Human Swan’ inspiring climate action

Australian biologist Sacha Dench has been nicknamed “the Human Swan”, in recognition of her record-breaking, 7,000 kilometre, paramotor (motorized paraglider) flight, tracking Bewick swans across 11 countries, from Arctic Russian to the UK. Ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity, Ms. Dench explains why a drastic shift is needed in the global economy, to save endangered wildlife.

Boost investments in nature to combat climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises

Annual investments in nature-based solutions will have to triple by 2030, and increase four-fold by 2050, if the world is to successfully tackle the triple threat of climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises, according to a new UN-backed study published on Thursday. 

SDGs: Greater urgency needed to meet environmental goals, improved data likely key

Countries are on track to miss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to environmental protection, two UN entities warn in new report issued on Saturday to coincide with the International Day for Biological Diversity

First Person: Gardening is ‘political’ says Irish celebrity horticulturist

For Diarmuid Gavin, a renowned Irish gardener and TV personality, horticulture has a role to play in all contemporary affairs, from the Black Lives Matter Movement to the ongoing pandemic, because “everything is connected, and everything is political”.

Climate change top challenge over the next decade, UNESCO global survey finds

Climate change and loss of biodiversity is seen as the most pressing challenge over the decade, according to the World in 2030 Survey report published on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

Biodiversity at risk, threatens human survival, UN forum hears 

As the living tissue of the earth, biodiversity is “intimately linked to human health” the head of the UN’s scientific agency told a global forum on Wednesday, noting that “we are part of that living tissue”. 

Protect forests for ‘people, planet and prosperity’, Guterres urges on World Wildlife Day

Under increasing threat from the  unsustainable use of forest resources and wildlife trafficking, the UN chief called on Wednesday for people and governments everywhere to step up efforts to protect forests and support forest communities.