Mauritanian diplomat and head of the UN body to combat desertification Ibrahim Thiaw has been appointed interim executive secretary of UN Climate Change.
he United Nations has reiterated its concerns over allegations of human rights violations in a mega infrastructure tourism development project on the Indonesian island of Lombok. In light of this, various environmental and human rights organizations have called on the Asian Infrastructure Invest ...
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the world's highest-level decision-making body with a universal membership of all 193 nations, is celebrating its 50th anniversary on March 3 and 4, bringing together governments, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders to address the environmental c ...
An estimated 13 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are facing severe hunger as the Horn of Africa experiences its worst drought in decades, the World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday.
New York: As he starts his second term as UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere — but unlike US Presiden ...
Thick ash on an airport runway was delaying aid deliveries to the Pacific island nation of Tonga, where significant damage was being reported days after a huge undersea volcanic eruption and tsunami.
Across a quarter century of U.N. climate conferences tasked with saving humanity from itself, one was deemed a chaotic failure (Copenhagen in 2009), another a stunning success (Paris in 2015) and the rest landed somewhere in between.
While COP 26 has come and gone, and the world leaders have since returned to their duty posts, the key question Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and other civil society organisations that attended COP 26 are asking is if the Nigerian government and other governments of the world will be able to m ...
The upcoming 74th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee will take place in the Metropolis of Lyon (France) and bring together members and observers to review strategic, policy and species-specific matters affecting the implementation of the Convention in preparation for the 19th meeting of the ...
A large group of members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a draft ministerial statement on trade and sustainability on 15 December. The text is the result of the Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions (TESSD), where 53 WTO members said they planned “to collabor ...
India on Monday voted against a draft resolution of the United Nations Security Council that attempted to "securitise" climate action and undermine the hard-won consensual agreements in Glasgow.
More than any other before it, COP26 was the ‘Nature COP’; the moment that the central place of nature protection within the climate debate was almost universally recognised.
The resolution proposed that the climate crisis could potentially threaten ‘global peace, security and stability’.
No longer the ‘forgotten solution’, nature appeared prominently in the final text of the Glasgow Climate Pact, the agreement reached at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The UN General Assembly’s committee on economic and financial issues (Second Committee) completed its work for the 76th session. The Committee, which had the first all-woman Bureau in the Committee’s history, reached agreement on guidance on biodiversity, convening conferences on SIDS and LLDCs ...
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David R. Boyd, will visit Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from 25 November to 2 December. This is the first visit of the Special Rapporteur to a small island state in the Caribbean. It is also the first official visit since the Hum ...
Coming into COP26 in Glasgow, nature was expected to feature heavily at the summit – one-fourth of UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s mantra of “coal, cars, cash and trees”. Food systems – despite the growing recognition of their role as both a source of and solution to climate change – were not ...
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres via video link, vowing to enhance coordination with the UN to work for a new stage of balanced, coordinated and inclusive global development.
Speaking during a meeting at the United Nations in New York, the prime minister says the gap between what has been promised by industrialised nations and what they have so far delivered remains "vast".
President Muhammadu Buhari will address the 76rd Session of the high-level General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, September 24, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday opened its 76th session, with the UNGA president and the UN chief imploring member states to embrace hope and strengthen unity after a challenging year of climate disasters, conflict, and COVID-19.
United Nations: President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid has said he wished he had a magic wand to complete the Security Council reform and expressed hope that the UN members will take this process seriously as he began his presidency of hope of the 193-nation body.
ATHENS -- Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will visit New York on Monday, September 20, for the High Level General Debate of the 76th UN General Assembly, foreign ministry spokesperson Alexandros Papaioannou announced on Wednesday.
Environmental threats are worsening conflicts worldwide and will soon constitute the biggest challenge to human rights, the United Nations has warned.
Gabon's Ivindo National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Wednesday in recognition of the nation's success in defending biodiversity and challenging climate change.
In New Delhi on a visit, Abdulla Shahid said in a speech that the central theme of the 76th session of the UN, expected to start from 15 September, would be recovery
The annual commemoration on 8 June is a reminder of the major role oceans have in everyday life as “the lungs of our Planet” and as a source of food and medicine.
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives won election as the next president of the UN General Assembly on Monday, and pledged to push for equal access to coronavirus vaccines, a stronger and greener economic recovery, and stepped up efforts to tackle climate change.
President of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir has told a high-level debate on oceans that the world cannot afford to delay action on ocean protection. “There is simply no scenario wherein we live on a planet without an ocean,” he said.
Globally, 2.2 billion people (almost one in three people) have no access to clean, safe water. World Water Day allows us to educate and inform people about worldwide domestic and industrial water wastage. World Water Day also supports the core goal of Water and Sanitation for All by 2030. AZoCle ...
New Delhi: Dia Mirza, on the occasion of World Water Day 2021, shared a message spreading awareness about nature. The actress brought attention to the burning issue of water scarcity. Speaking about saving freshwater for the future generation, Dia wrote, "1 in 4 children will live with water sca ...
By 2050, the UN says up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas that experience water scarcity for at least a month in the year
The theme of this year’s celebration of World Water Day, commemorated today (Mar 22) is “Valuing Water,” which highlights the vital role of water sources – from our health and well-being to the sustainability of our society’s economic growth and development, notes Dr Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Exec ...
About four billion people experience severe water shortages for at least one month a year, and around 1.6 billion — almost a quarter of the world's population — have problems accessing a clean, safe water supply, according to the United Nations.
The world is missing a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild a sustainable post-pandemic future, the United Nations said Wednesday in an assessment showing less than 20 percent of recovery finance can be considered "green".
The quest to eradicate extreme hunger and malnutrition globally is in peril as 931 million tons, or 17 percent, of food available to consumers go to waste, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) has said in a new report.
Nearly a billion tons of food were wasted around the world in 2019, the same year when 690 million people were impacted by hunger, according to a study that links food waste to global warming
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for the protection of forests and forest species, which provide livelihoods for the poor and for indigenous communities.
People waste almost a billion tonnes of food a year, a UN report has revealed. It is the most comprehensive assessment to date and found waste was about double the previous best estimate.
An international food summit to address growing hunger and diet-related disease is in disarray as hundreds of farmers’ and human rights groups are planning a boycott.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be 50 next year. But the globe’s green watchdog, which helped to create the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), very nearly didn’t exist.
Speaking at an online conference of the United Nations Security Council, Cassis called for joint efforts to bolster security and stability in the world.
In the face of global environmental problems, no single country can solve them alone, said Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu at the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA5) on Monday, calling for global action to resolve the issue.
The UN Security Council will hold a summit of world leaders Tuesday to debate climate change's implications for world peace, an issue on which its 15 members have divergent opinions. One of the countries experiencing the effects of climate change is Bangladesh. FRANCE 24's Emerald Maxwell explains.
The UN Security Council will hold a summit of world leaders Tuesday to debate climate change's implications for world peace, an issue on which its 15 members have divergent opinions. FRANCE 24's Chief Foreign Editor Rob Parsons tells us more.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Monday said Pakistan has been selected as a host country for hosting the World Environment Day in recognition of demonstrating global leadership in environmental conservation and protection through various polic ...
Its time for the world to radically change our ways if we are to make peace with the planet and create the environmental conditions so that all of humanity can thrive, delegates attending the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) heard this morning.
Ever since the world started celebrating February 21 as the International Mother Language Day after the UNESCO’s 1999 declaration, its worldwide annual observances have promoted awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
The UN Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday called for a policy shift to boost action on global environmental challenges. Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP said that despite making achievements through multilateral environmental agreements, the situation is still worsening
The Global Alliance on Circular Economy (GACERE) will set out to bring together governments and organisations, to push forward a ‘global impetus’ for initiatives related to the circular economy transition. In the margins of the fifth UN Environment Assembly, the EU, teaming up with the United Na ...