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EU unanimously backs UN World Bee Day

The United Nations declared 20 May to become World Bee Day, adopting a resolution proposed by Slovenia and supported by all EU member states, which aims to raise awareness of the insects’ importance and warn about their dwindling numbers.

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Natural capital and the fourth Industrial Revolution

The measurement and management of “natural capital” is an idea, as the saying goes, whose time has come.The concept of natural capital is more relevant than ever in 2017, when we are devising the means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We also find ourselves in the midst of the fourt ...

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No room for food loss in a world struggling to feed growing population – experts

About one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.This was revealed by Dr René Castro-Salazar, Assistant Director-General in charge of Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department at the Food and Agricu ...

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Government leaders, entrepreneurs set to gather in Bahrain for UN forum on sustainable development

More than one thousand business leaders, government officials and academics will converge at a United Nations forum Tuesday in Bahrain to strengthen global partnerships, entrepreneurship and investment for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNEP: 'We need to speed up' on climate change

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) head Erik Solheim on Wednesday, October 25, said nations "need to speed up" when it comes to climate change.

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Bring politics of biodiversity at same level as climate change – UNEP

Every other nation [has] accepted the climate message, and we should be at the same place by 2020 with biodiversity,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim at an international wildlife conference in Manila.

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World marks UN 72nd anniversary

October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. The UN promotes and protects human rights, delivers humanitarian aid, promotes sustainable development and upholds international law.

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Central African Republic's Message to UN - 'The Only Thing We Want Is Peace'

t was once known as the 'Bridge of Death,' the frontline between warring factions in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Legendary tales were shared of the bridge being drenched in blood, with even Government security forces scared to set foot on it.

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We need the will to overcome global challenges, Secretary-General says on UN Day

In his first United Nations Day message, Secretary-General António Guterres called on people around the world to overcome their differences to address global challenges that go beyond national borders.

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Rabobank and UN Environment announce new billion dollar partnership to kickstart climate smart agriculture

Rabobank and UN Environment announced today the creation of a new 1 billion dollar facility to finance sustainable agriculture using a combination of public and private funding. Together they also invite other interested financial institutions to sign up and work actively with global food compan ...

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World Food Day: Migration crisis requires investments in food security

Although the factors driving migration are diverse, we should not ignore food insecurity. On World Food Day we argue that one solution to the migration crisis is a sustained effort to strengthen the resilience of agriculture against a back-drop of rising temperatures and increasing water scarcity.

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University is UN's academic backbone in pursuit of climate change goals

The little-known UN University is an institution that delivers scientific information in a manner diplomats can digest and will continue to offer its support ahead of the Cop23 conference next month

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Threatening Climate Patterns Must be Addressed to Limit Disaster Risks, Deliver on 2030 Agenda, Delegates Say, as Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development

Most large-scale disasters were climate-related, with devastating floods, droughts and storms doubling over the last four decades, a United Nations official told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it took up sustainable development today.

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Amina Mohammed says implementing 2030 agenda key to addressing climate change, other global concerns

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed, has said that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are key to addressing climate change and other global concerns.

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Africa: French Initiative to Create Global Environment Pact Deserves Support, Says Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged global support for France's initiative to create the first international legally binding document on the environment, at an event held on the margins of the annual leaders' summit of the General Assembly.

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‘UN reformer’ Guterres must do more on climate change

Right now, the capability of the UN’s institutions to understand, prepare and respond to climate change risks is terrifyingly inadequate.In Paris, nations reached agreement to mitigate against and adapt to climate change. It was an agreement between countries to take national action, but we live ...

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'Addressing climate change means ensuring human rights'

Highlighting four important factors in combating climate change, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the climate change issue needs to be placed within the wider narrative of ensuring peace, stability, prosperity and addressing inequalities across societies.

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United Nations Collaboration Delivers New Expert Guidance To Stimulate Transition To Smart Sustainable Cities

The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) collaborative initiative has provided new expert guidance for the transition to more efficient, sustainable urban environments -in the form of four new reports. Sixteen United Nations bodies contributed to the development of the reports, a process ...

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Freshwater to Sea, the Resilience of Oceans

Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly in an address to World Water Week in Stockholm. - It is a great pleasure to join you today at World Water Week and to be here in Stockholm. This city has been at the forefront of sustainable development since it hosted the first Earth Summit ba ...

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Africa: UN Assembly President Rings Nasdaq Bell - Sounds Alarm On Behalf of World's Endangered Ocean

The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world's ocean health is in distress.

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Global Treaty for the Environment Taking Shape

The Global Pact for the Environment, a new United Nations treaty to define fundamental environmental rights everywhere in the world, is being drafted and will be presented to the UN General Assembly in September by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Refugee Bees Rescued and Given Help by United Nations Program

President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomas, welcomed a delegation from Italy to the UN North Lawn Garden on June 1, where they will be taking up permanent residence.

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Water shortages kill 12 million people annually – UN

Findings by the United Nation’s (UN’s) Convention to Combat Desertification indicates that twelve million people die annually due to water shortages or contaminated drinking water.

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World Environment Day marked worldwide

Some 20 enterprises from the cultural and creative industries launched a pop-up market named "Eco Wanderlust" Monday in Bangkok to mark World Environment Day 2017. By selling eco-friendly daily life products made from recycled materials, the market organizers hope that their action could raise e ...

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Be a biodiversity hero

World Environment Day is celebrated every June 5 to bring attention to environmental problems such as illegal wildlife trade, climate change, habitat degradation, biodiversity loss, and many other challenges. “The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for ...

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Massive clean-ups and new national parks as humanity stands with nature on World Environment Day

5 June 2017 - Thousands of people across six continents are joining massive clean-ups of beaches and parks, countries are protecting 1,600 square kilometres of land, and over 30 iconic landmarks are lighting up in green in a powerful demonstration of humanity’s love for nature on World Environme ...

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Re-Connect with Nature Now… Before It Is Too Late!

ROME, Jun 5 2017 (IPS) - Now that president Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the world’s largest polluter in history—the United States, from the Paris Accord, perhaps one of the most specific warnings is what a United Nations independent expert on rights and the environment has just ...

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Statement by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on World Environment Day

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, June 5, 2017 /CNW/ - The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, issued the following statement to mark World Environment Day: "I'm honoured today to mark World Environment Day, and I'm honoured that Canada is the host country. Read ...

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In Pictures: Connect with Nature on World Environment Day!

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is “Connecting People to Nature” promoting the protection of the biosphere that keeps us alive. There are numerous ways to show your appreciation of the natural beauty around you. Whether it’s be joining a local beach clean, planting a tree or just ta ...

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President, PM for protecting environment, biodiversity

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have called upon all to make effective contributions to the preservation of environment and biodiversity along with government efforts.

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Learning about biodiversity is already one way of being a hero for the environment, says ACB

SIMPLY EDUCATING one’s self about the “web of life and the hundreds of things you can do to conserve biodiversity” is already one step to being a “hero” for nature. This is one of the messages being sent out by the intergovernmental organization ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) as it joins in ...

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World Environment Day 2017: Let’s Make This World A Better Place To Live

It’s not just a matter of day, but a responsibility of all human beings to be carried throughout the entire year. This world, where we live, is our home and it is our duty to take care and make it worth living for everyone.

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Google Marks World Environment Day 2017 With a Green Doodle

World Environment Day is the United Nations' most important day for encouraging awareness and action to protect the environment. It falls on June 5 every year, and to mark the occasion, Google has turned its logo green with a new Doodle.

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World Environment Day: UN gen secy António Guterres urges less use of plastic, asks people to reconnect with nature

On World Environment Day, which is observed on 5 June every year, United Nations General Secretary António Guterres urged everyone to ''cherish the planet that protect us''. In a video message, uploaded on YouTube, Guterres said, "Without a healthy environment we can't end poverty or build prosp ...

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Africa: At UN Environment Assembly Convening in Nairobi

The world's environment ministers, gathered at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi on late Friday, passed far reaching decisions on issues such as marine litter, the illegal trade in wildlife, air pollution, chemicals and waste, and sustainable consu ...

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