The environment is oftentimes a casualty in conflict. Destruction of natural resources, contamination and land use pressure are all potential conflict consequences. In the Central African Republic, a landfill became the epicentre of a national environmental disaster.
When Trin Gim first started her biogas digester business, she raised many eyebrows. In the little district of Ung Hoa, located south of Viet Nam’s capital, Hanoi, villagers were not accustomed to seeing a woman take the reins of a business. But eight years later, Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success, but has played a role in a larger fight in Viet Nam against the devastating impacts of climate change.
Online data is helping water authorities collaborate across borders to fight the impacts of climate change
It’s a cycle that is becoming all too common around the globe. A swing from flood to drought and back that costs nations billions of dollars every year and threatens not just the livelihoods but the very lives of millions of people.
The southern Indian State of Kerala is famous for its various tourist attractions such as wildlife which includes endangered species like the Nilgiri Tahr goat and the lion-tailed macaque, the Vallam Kali traditional boat race and the Kumily spice festival.
It is not surprising then that the state received about 14.6 million foreign and domestic tourists in 2017. According to a January 2018 report from India’s Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), tourism contributes 10 per cent of Kerala’s GDP and around 23.5 per cent of the state’s total employment.
Decisions about how to allocate and use water are fundamental to sustainable development. Such measures underlie all essential aspects of the human endeavour: human health and well-being, agriculture, business, and the quality of life in rural and urban areas. At the same time, water scarcity is becoming more commonplace. Pollution is increasing. Natural ecosystems are under growing pressure. Thus, the matter of determining how to allocate and use water in an efficient, sustainable and equitable manner is foundational.
Montevideo, August 21, 2018.- During the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, in Montevideo, UN Environment presented the Center for Climate Action Transparency, an initiative to assist countries in the disclosure of efforts to achieve climate commitments.
What has the power of faith to do with environmental action? A lot, these days more than ever. Think about it: if your community or political representative suggested planting a tree, versus your faith leader, which one would you more likely follow? Chances are, a representative of your faith would outdo the elected official. Increasingly, faith-based organizations (FBOs) worldwide are gaining a seat at environmental conferences and are becoming major players in advocating environmental stewardship.
Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are.
World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, offers the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations an opportunity to celebrate the daily work of humanitarian responders worldwide and recognize their dedication to helping others, no matter how hard it may be. World Humanitarian Day also gives us pause to reflect on how to continue improving the humanitarian response to natural and man-made disasters and complex emergencies.
Climate change, desertification, species loss, deforestation, floods and famine – these are the very real shared challenges we are facing as a planet in the 21st century, challenges that cannot be ignored.
For over 40 years, UN Environment has been the world’s leading environmental advocate, delivering scientific insight, setting the global agenda on the environment, offering solutions and providing leadership on critical environmental issues.
Hannah Reid and Anu Adhikari
A typical day for 29-year-old Sukhai Mala begins with a visit to the local government office, where large posters promoting solar panels, organic farming and proper sanitation adorn the walls. From the office, Sukhai sets out on his bicycle, pedaling across road and field from house to house. With his youthful charm and friendly smile, he’s a persuasive spokesperson. And before the sun has set, he has spread his message to as many residents as he has been able to pedal to.
After four years of intense negotiations, 24 Latin American countries adopted last March a legally binding instrument to implement Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration in Latin America and the Caribbean. Principle 10 guarantees the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters. It also protects of the right of each person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment.
Hannah Reid and Victor Orindi
These voluntary guidelines for the design and effective implementation of ecosystem-based approaches (EbA) to CCA and DRR were prepared for participants of the twenty-second meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, which was held on 2-7 July 2018 in Montreal, Canada.
On 5 and 6 June 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), co-organized an Expert Group Meeting on “Building sustainable and resilient societies through the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
Developing countries face debt payments of up to $168 billion over the next ten years as a result of their vulnerability to man-made climate change.
A new study from Imperial College Business School and SOAS found that climate risks are increasing the cost of capital for developing countries. The researchers found that for every ten dollars these countries pay in interest payments, an additional dollar is due to climate vulnerability.
Sudan’s western Darfur region is home to nearly 10 million people and occupies a land mass which is about ten times the size of Belgium. For decades soils, forests, and water resources in this largely arid and conflict-affected region have been depleted at alarming rates.
Erratic rainfall patterns have led to dwindling water supplies. As agricultural yields have declined, farmers are obliged to cultivate larger plots. This has encroached on the land available for herders.
Brussels, Friday, 22 June 2018 – UN Environment called for swift action on the root causes and impacts of our changing climate, during a meeting on the ongoing and new threats posed by climate change on global peace and security in Brussels today.