environment

Latest drought will “hugely increase” hunger across Southern Africa

Southern Africa’s latest drought will “hugely increase” the amount of food-insecurity suffered by millions across the region.

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Football scores 2030 development goals through “peace and justice”

The “values of sport” – particularly football - are a powerful force for helping promote the UN-led Sustainable Development Goals (

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Forecast points to La Niña weather change

Global weather patterns could be about to change if the La Niña phenomenon re-emerges, UN experts said Thursday.

La Niña, which is caused by cooler waters in the Pacific Ocean, could bring much-needed rainfall to areas left parched by the last El Niño episode, which ended in May.

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UN and Africa: focus on Lake Chad region, Africa development and illegal fishing

Boko Haram crisis has “devastated” Lake Chad region’s economy

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Solar Impulse lights path to more “energy efficient” world: pilot

The inspiring journey of the first fuel-free plane to circumnavigate the globe leads the way to a more “energy efficient” and sustainable world.

That’s the view of Captain Bertrand Piccard, co-pilot of the record-breaking plane, Solar Impulse.

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Paraguay communities learn to cope with flooding

People living in flood-prone areas of Paraguay are learning how to prepare and cope with annual and sometimes life-changing inundations.

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On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks the first ever International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.

Restoring drylands to address climate change threat

Drylands are under threat because of climate change but restoring them could help cope with the effects of drought, desertification.

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Modern technology hailed as the smart way to make cities better for people

A bid to improve the lives of billions of people in cities by using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to maximum effect is under way at the UN.

The focus on so-called “smart cities” involves 56 cities in Europe, Central Asia and North America.

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UN and Africa: focus on Malawi, South Sudan and Kenya

Over 6.5 million people in Malawi in need of emergency food aid 

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