Marking annual Day, UN aviation agency calls on industry to become greener

Global air transportation has brought millions of jobs, a major boost to the world economy and valuable savings in time for many people, but its benefits may be in jeopardy unless the industry takes more steps to improve its environmental performance, the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said today.

UN environment agency sets up think tank on resource management

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the formation of a new global think tank on resource efficiency which is expected to tackle pressing issues including the environmental risks of biofuel production and metal recycling.

UN report finds environmental progress inadequate, urges stepped-up action

While political attention to environmental issues is increasing, this has not sufficed to achieve significant progress on climate change, loss of biodiversity and other challenges which face the planet and threaten humanity, according to the views of 390 scientists synthesized in a major new United Nations report on the issue.

Thousands of bloggers unite to issue call to save planet – UN

Thousands of online voices worldwide will join forces to push for environmental protection to mark the United Nations-backed first-ever Blog Action Day.

UN-backed ‘Clean Up the World Weekend’ moves into cyberspace

When 35 million volunteers around the planet take part in the annual United Nations-backed “Clean Up the World Weekend” next weekend, their activities will for the first time also break into cyberspace with photos and videos posted onto Google Map under a new agreement announced today, giving a global platform to every local initiative.

Global land temperatures for January and April likely warmest ever recorded – UN

Global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today, adding that it is working with its partners to set up a multi-hazard early warning system to tackle the extremes brought on by climate change, such as violent storms, floods and heatwaves.

Regime governing trade in endangered wildlife tightened at UN-backed meeting

The international regime governing trade in wildlife received a boost during talks that wrapped up today at The Hague, where diplomats and environmental officials hammered out over 100 formal decisions during a two-week session on the issue, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

Ban Ki-moon calls for new thinking on solutions to climate change problems

The world needs “new thinking and a new inclusiveness” to tackle the perils of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking World Environment Day with a call for urgent global action that takes into account the needs of the world’s least affluent countries.

UN agencies highlight climate change’s impact on human security, health

The heads of two United Nations agencies today marked World Environment Day with calls for decisive action to address climate change, warning of its potential risks on human security and health.

Secretary-General pledges ‘green’ UN complex

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged that the United Nations will help safeguard the planet by making its own in-house practices more climate-neutral and environmentally sustainable.