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UN conference inspires Nepal award for women in science

A UN-sponsored conference on space and sustainable development has inspired the creation of an award for women scientists in Nepal.

That’s according to Manisha Dwa with the Nepal Astronomical Society, based in the capital, Kathmandu.

Ms Dwa attended the first High Level Forum looking at how the global space sector can contribute to efforts to combat challenges such as climate change.

OCHA/Danielle Parry

Science “has answers” to rising sea level threat

Many of the world’s biggest cities are exposed to rising sea levels but scientists and Mayors can work together to protect millions of people from the threat, climate experts said on Friday.

According to the UN partner the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), more than 100 million people live just one metre above the current high tide mark.

The problem is the focus of the Open Science Conference at the UN in New York from 10 to 14 July, as Robert Sparrow of WCRP told Daniel Johnson.

Duration: 3’13”

UN Photo/Daniel Dickinson

2016 “very likely” to be world’s hottest year on record

This year is “very likely” to be the world’s hottest year on record according to the  World  Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Preliminary data released by the UN agency shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2 Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Petteri Taalas is the Secretary-General of the WMO.

Daniel Dickinson asked him how concerned he was by the new figures, which were released as the international community met for climate talks in Morocco.

Duration: 3'12"

OCHA/Pierre Peron

One of world’s worst humanitarian crises “struggling for attention”

One of world’s worst humanitarian crises underway in the Lake Chad Basin is “struggling for attention” according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Jan Eliasson.

Nine million people urgently need humanitarian aid across the region with some 6.3 million not getting enough to eat.

On the margins of the UN General Assembly debate, leaders from the region got together to discuss what needs to be done to improve the situation.

Daniel Dickinson’s report begins with the words of Jan Eliasson.

Duration: 3'44"

UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

Climate change “major” cause of displacement in Mexico: UN expert

Climate change is a major cause of displacement in Latin America, including in Mexico, a UN independent expert has said during a recent visit to Mexico City.

People in the Central American country are leaving certain areas affected by extreme changes in the weather according to Chaloka Beyani, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

UN Radio/Matthew Wells

Farming reform to stop climate change: a young Ugandan’s Costa Rica mission

One young Ugandan studying agriculture in Central America has big plans to return home and help African farming become more climate-friendly.

Tom Okot, who was internally displaced from his war-torn home region of Northern Uganda, is a student at Earth University, in Costa Rica.

He was one of the 60 winners of a multilingual essay contest  who visited UN Headquarters in July, to take part in a global youth forum.

60 million people worldwide affected by El Niño phenomenon

Floods, drought and other extreme weather events triggered by the current El Niño phenomenon are affecting an estimated 60 million people worldwide, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) reports.

While countries have been appealing for US$3 billion to respond to this challenge, a huge funding gap remains.

The UN joined affected countries, aid groups and donors in Geneva on Tuesday to call for action to address the crisis and to support communities to withstand future climate-related emergencies.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Climate change “biggest threat” to access to water

Climate change is the “biggest threat” to people’s access to water according to the president of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

President Ameenah Gurib is one of ten Heads of State and Government, who have been appointed to the UN’s High-Level Panel on Water.

It aims to mobilize the international community to ensure access to water and sanitation for all people, one of the key targets of the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.