climate

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. 

UN agencies call for urgent action to avert famine risk in 20 ‘hunger hotspots’

Famine is already on the doorstep of millions of families in 20 countries, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday in a report that calls for urgent action to avert rising hunger due to factors such as conflict, climate extremes and the COVID-19 pandemic.

News in Brief 2 December 2020

  • Making peace with nature must be top priority for all: UN chief 
  • Countries urged to reduce fossil fuel production to avoid ‘catastrophic’ temperature rise 
  • Pandemic driving down wages, with women and low-paid workers hard hit: ILO report
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UN chief to press G20 for greater solidarity and support during pandemic

When he addresses leaders of the world’s richest countries at the G20 summit this weekend, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will deliver a simple message on the COVID-19 pandemic: “We need solidarity and cooperation. And we need concrete action now — especially for the most vulnerable.”  

News in Brief 30 September 2020

  • Earth’s web of life must be protected, UN chief Guterres tells biodiversity summit 
  • Older persons still ‘invisible’ despite pandemic spotlight, says rights expert 
  • UN Migration Agency to probe sexual abuse allegations 
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News in Brief 16 September 2020

  • Guterres speaks out in support of affordable COVID vaccine for all 
  • Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will: Guterres 
  • Venezuela abuses amounted to crimes against humanity: UN-appointed panel finds 
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News in Brief 20 August 2020

  • Guterres makes urgent call to enact post-COVID sustainable recovery  
  • New sea tragedy underscores need to scale up rescue in the Mediterranean
  • Libya’s COVID-19 cases see 15-fold spike in under two months 
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News in Brief 23 June 2020

  • Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle: WMO
  • 600 million South Asian children at risk from COVID-19, says UNICEF
  • UN migration agency appeals for funding to help 460,000 people in central Sahel
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First Person: Humankind’s ‘modern mentality to tame’ the environment: A volcanologist’s view

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it’s anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living or studying aspects of the goals in their everyday work.

News in Brief 10 March 2020

  • Flagship UN study shows accelerating climate change 
  • Nicaragua: after two years of crisis, more than 100,000 have fled 
  • Burundi heads to elections as rights concerns persist 
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