biodiversity

UNESCO gives sustainable development a boost; designates 24 new biosphere reserves

Protecting mangroves, tropical rainforests and other biodiversity hotspots, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bumped up its World Network of Biosphere Reserves by 24 new sites on Wednesday, which means that 686 unique natural sites in total are being preserved globally.

Promoting biodiversity across all agricultural sectors ‘fundamental’ — FAO chief

Changing how countries across the world produce food is “fundamental” to protecting the future of the Earth’s ecosystem, said the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday.

Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief Guterres, marking biological diversity day

The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday. 

News in Brief 21 March 2018

  • No justification for deadly Afghanistan bombing: UNAMA chief
  • UN agriculture agency (FAO) appeals for $236 million to support drought-affected cattle farmers in Somalia
  • FAO urges investment in urban forests
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Major reports on biodiversity, ecosystem services to be launched at UN-backed meeting in Medellin

With our planet’s flora and fauna facing unprecedented threats, science and policy experts are set to gather next week in Medellin, Colombia, for a United Nations-backed meeting to consider five landmark reports aiming to inform better decisions by Governments, businesses and even individuals on biodiversity, and issues of land degradation and restoration.

Biodiversity expert says credible evidence should be basis for decisions that affect nature

All Governments should be basing environmental policies on peer-reviewed, evidence-based science, says Sir Robert Watson, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which will present five major repor

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New UN-led partnership to help curb unsustainable wildlife hunting, protect biodiversity

To help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries stop unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security, the United Nations agriculture agency launched on Tuesday a €45 million multi-partner initiative.

On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

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.

Governments make strong commitments to biodiversity at UN conference in Mexico

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.

All our lives “absolutely dependent” on biodiversity: UNEP chief

Human existence is “absolutely dependent” on healthy biodiversity, from the food we eat, to the viability of the global economy.

That’s the passionate view of Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, UNEP.

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