climate change

Biodiversity must ‘move up international agenda’, following Australia bushfires 

More than 100 wildfires are still raging across Australia, with record-breaking temperatures and drought contributing to the loss of more than six million hectares of land that is home to some of the most unique plants and animals in the world.  In an interview with UN News, John Scanlon, Special Envoy for the African Parks non-profit organization and former Secretary-General of CITES - the UN-backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - said that the increasing threat to biodiversity must be “lifted up to the international agenda”.  

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Capacity of cities to tackle climate change key in ‘crucial battle’ for planet’s preservation, says UN chief

Cities – hubs of creativity and new ideas – can provide solutions to resolve humanity’s “suicide war” against nature, and lead the world towards a sustainable future, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Lisbon, which has been named the 2020 European Green Capital. 

Tackling climate change ‘more crucial even than disarmament’, says UN Geneva chief  

While nations continue to grapple with major global issues as the new year dawns, such as disarmament and climate change, there is reason to hope that they will work together to resolve the biggest threats to humanity. 

That’s the message from Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations in Geneva. 

In a wide-ranging interview recorded last year with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ms. Valovaya explains how she sees the geopolitical situation from her vantage point at the UN’s European headquarters. 

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FROM THE FIELD: Nepal’s magic mushrooms

The traditional cultivation of oyster mushrooms in Nepal, which has required burning large quantities of wood, has been replaced by the environmentally friendly use of solar power, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 

‘New and dangerous’ global risks require multilateral solutions, Guterres tells Italian Senate 

Shifting balances of power are triggering “new and dangerous risks”, the UN chief told the Italian Senate in Rome on Wednesday, pointing to the need for more coordinated international responses, focused on solutions.

António Guterres talks COP25 climate action with youth activist

UN Secretary-General António Guterres took questions from around the world alongside youth activist Marie Christina Kolo from Madagascar during the on-going COP25 climate conference on Thursday. The Facebook Live event was hosted by Karin Orantes from our UN Social Media team. 

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News in Brief 10 December 2019

  • Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five  
  • Protecting indigenous people ‘our responsibility’ says activist 
  • World economy ‘in grip of global slowdown after 2018 surge’ 
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COP25: Global investors urge countries to meet climate action goals

More than 630 investors who collectively manage over $37 trillion in assets are calling on governments across the world to step up action to address climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

Soil erosion must be stopped ‘to save our future’, says UN agriculture agency

Although soils are essential for human well-being and the sustainability of life on the planet, they are threatened on all continents by natural erosion, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on World Soil Day, calling for their protection.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: climate crisis reports, renewal in Iraq, Zimbabwe’s hunger crisis, Disabilities Day

A recap of Tuesday’s stories: New climate change reports on human health and global warming; Zimbabwe’s ‘worst hunger crisis in a decade’; protests and civil unrest show ‘renewed sense of patriotism’ in Iraq; UN ‘determined to lead by example’ on disability rights.