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Beirut facing acute environmental crisis, warns UN energy specialist

Contamination from hazardous chemicals, landfill sites at capacity, and water pollution, are among the most urgent challenges faced by the Lebanese authorities and UN teams tackling the huge task of clearing up Beirut, following the massive explosion in the city’s port on 4 August.

‘Data is the new gold’: UN development chief

Digital finance is transformational, and promises huge benefits to the world’s most vulnerable citizens, says Achim Steiner, who heads up the UN Development Programme, UNDP.

Mr. Steiner spoke to Conor Lennon from UN News ahead of the launch of a new report from a special UN task force, which spells out how digital finance can empower citizens.

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Digital economy can put citizens in control of finance, says UN taskforce

A UN taskforce set up to look into the risks and benefits of the digital economy, has concluded that it could have a transformational impact on sustainable development, and empower citizens, both as taxpayers and investors.

FROM THE FIELD: Protection among the mangroves

The rehabilitation and replanting of mangrove forests in Cuba’s coastal regions is helping to protect the lives of people living on the Caribbean island, and reduce the effects of climate change, thanks to a UN Development Programme project. 

News in Brief 14 August 2020

  • UNDP to support economic recovery in Beirut
  • UN chief welcomes UAE-Israel deal to end West Bank annexations
  • WFP warns of food insecurity in DR Congo 
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FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to Lesotho’s changing climate

Living in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho comes with its fair share of challenges, including land degradation and climate change, which are upending traditional farming practices. 

FROM THE FIELD: The UN’s mission to transform agriculture, for people and planet

How can agriculture become better able to resist major international shocks such as climate change, and health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic?

FROM THE FIELD: Nature ‘strongest ally’ to building sustainable planet

Nature is humankind’s ‘strongest ally’ to help build a sustainable planet, according to a Malaysian biodiversity expert, whose organization is supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).

Senior UN official calls for universal basic income to tackle growing inequality

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but it is also proving to be an economic disaster for huge numbers of people worldwide. A senior UN official with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for countries to provide citizens with a universal basic income, to help the millions who have lost their jobs, because of measures to curb the virus, combined with increasing levels of inequality.

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Green practices’ boost blue economy

The introduction of “green” or sustainable practices supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is helping the “blue economy” of an Indian Ocean archipelago to thrive.