environment

World must unite against ‘preventable tragedy’ of ocean pollution: UN chief

From carrying your own water bottle, to volunteering for a local clean-up, everybody needs to do something to stop plastic pollution from getting into the world’s oceans, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for World Oceans Day.

The world is being ‘swamped’ by harmful plastic waste says UN chief, marking Environment Day

The world must unite to “beat plastic pollution” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”.

Earth Hour: UN joins iconic landmarks ‘going dark’ globally with a call to protect environment

The United Nations this evening turned off the lights at its iconic Headquarters in New York as well as at other facilities around the world in observance of “Earth Hour” – a global event highlighting the need for climate action and sustainable energy consumption.

World cannot take water for granted, say UN officials at launch of global decade for action

The United Nations on Thursday launched a 10-year water action plan that seeks to forge new partnerships, improve cooperation and strengthen capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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.

UN launches Environmental Rights Initiative

Taking a stand against ongoing threats, harassment and murder of environmental defenders, the United Nations on Tuesday launched an initiative enlisting business communities to champion a clean and healthy environment.

For Valentine’s Day, UN environment wing is urging everyone to ‘break up’ with single-use plastic

As many countries prepare to mark Valentine’s Day, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling on people to end their “toxic relationship” with single-use plastic and find “new love,” with more environmentally sustainable options.

UN Daily News Programme 13 December 2017

Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Dianne Penn.

In today's programme:  How you can help reduce the amount of electronic waste worldwide; and: Biological weapons threat under the spotlight at the UN in Geneva.

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News in Brief 13 December 2017 (AM)

Half the world lacks access to “essential health services”

At least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, with around 100 million people forced to live in “extreme poverty” due to the cost of health care.

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Consumers can help bring down 'e-waste mountain': UN report

The number of discarded laptops, mobile phones, televisions and other electronic items worldwide weighs as much as 1.2 million heavy-duty trucks lined up from New York to Bangkok and back.

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