environment

The natural environment is also a casualty of war, Guterres warns

The UN Secretary-General has called for better management of natural resources and ecosystems, highlighting that doing so could pave a path towards peace in war-torn societies and help crisis-affected countries boost sustainable development. 

Mixed report card for protecting natural biodiversity can be turned round, say experts 

The number of plants and animals on the planet that are at risk today would be far higher without globally agreed safeguards and action to protect them - but it still far from good enough - UN biodiversity experts said on Tuesday. 

In a call for far greater commitment from all nations to safeguard human wellbeing and the planet’s, the body that oversees this work – the Convention on Biodiversity urged all those gathering for a UN Summit at the end of the month to broaden their ambition. 

From the Convention, here’s Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema and Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

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Mauritius oil spill highlights importance of global maritime laws: UN trade body

The devastating oil spill off the east coast of Mauritius has highlighted the need for global adoption of international legislation that govern the seas and protect small island states and their vulnerable marine ecosystems against ship pollution, UN trade body UNCTAD has stated. 

News in Brief 1 July 2020

  • Activist, 14, tells UN Human Rights Council to protect environment 
  • Human rights haven’t improved in Eritrea, says independent expert
  • UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts sold in its name
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News in Brief 8 June 2020

  • Emergency funding announced for DR Congo amid new Ebola outbreak
  • ‘Once-in-a-generation’ chance to reset our link to world’s oceans: UN chief
  • Record levels of fish consumption show need for sustainable management: FAO
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News in Brief 4 June 2020

  • Philippines drug campaign directive seen as ‘permission to kill’: UN rights office
  • Transformative actions urgently required to protect environment and human rights
  • FAO Food Price Index falls to 17-month low
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COVID-19 environmental roll back ‘irrational and irresponsible’: rights expert

Countries must not use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to weaken environmental protection and enforcement, a UN independent human rights expert said on Wednesday.

‘Concerted efforts’ needed to meet 2030 Global Goals in Asia-Pacific region

Action to reverse the depletion and degradation of the environment across Asia and the Pacific is a top priority if the region is to stay on course to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new United Nations report launched online, for the first time, on Tuesday.

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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Sustainability starts with protecting nature: Environment Assembly president

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the world must first address critical challenges affecting nature.   

That’s the opinion of Ola Elvestuen, president of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.  

Mr. Elvestuen, who is Norway’s environment minister, spoke to Ben Malor and laid out the critical reasons why everyone must mobilize to protect the planet. 

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