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22 Mar 2018 description
  • The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Nature for Water”, focusing on nature-based solutions to the water challenges in the 21st century.

  • More than 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and more than double that number lack access to safe sanitation

22 Mar 2018 description

Cape Town is in crisis. Prolonged drought, increased demand for water, and a lack of coordinated planning have combined to create a doomsday scenario in which the city is running out of water. The result has been a scramble for a quick fix for an issue that has been years in the making.

21 Mar 2018 description
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On 19-20 March 2018, the UN Environment and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) hosted a workshop in Mosul to develop debris management scenarios.

09 Mar 2018 description

Dingiri, The Gambia: When Bundauda Samasa was a boy, everyone knew to the day when the rains would start and stop sprinkling the fields in The Gambia’s Upper River Region, and what harvest of groundnuts, vegetables, rice and pulses to expect.

Now standing in his bleached, patchy fields skirting Dingiri village as donkeys pick at the odd tufts of straw, kicking up clouds of terracotta dust, 57-year-old Samasa yearns for the days when life was predictable because the seasons didn’t change.

08 Mar 2018 description

To build long-lasting resilience to climate change, the Asia-Pacific region must address the root causes of two of its most pressing challenges: human vulnerability and gender inequality.

Women and girls in Asia-Pacific make up 80 per cent of all those living on less than $2 per day. They also face barriers to access natural resources, finance, energy, technologies, and healthcare, education, housing and property. Part of the solution is to ensure that women and disadvantaged groups have the chance to take part in decisions and actions related to climate change.

07 Mar 2018 description

When Mandelena became a mother, she was only 16 years old. During the prolonged dry season in Gwor County, South Sudan over the last two years, Mandelena and her family have been able to eat only one meal per day. In her community, crops are failing, cattle are dying and children are dropping out of school because of hunger. Women and girls walk four to five hours every day to collect water, and young girls are married off for a dowry of cattle as soon as they hit puberty.

06 Mar 2018 description

UN Environment has been undertaking work on human rights and the environment for almost two decades. In a series of resolutions, the former UN Commission on Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council have drawn attention to the relationship between a safe and healthy environment and the enjoyment of human rights, and invited UN Environment and other agencies and organizations, to coordinate activities relating to human rights and the environment.

01 Mar 2018 description

Lake Chad, once one of Africa’s largest lakes, is in distress.

The lake is shared by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria; its basin – which extends as far as Algeria, Libya, and Sudan – offers a lifeline to nearly 40 million people.

01 Mar 2018 description

Le lac Tchad, autrefois l'un des plus grands lacs d'Afrique, est en détresse.

Ce lac se trouve à la frontière du Cameroun, du Tchad, du Niger et du Nigeria. Son bassin - qui s'étend jusqu'à l'Algérie, la Libye et le Soudan - offre une bouée de sauvetage à près de 40 millions de personnes.

28 Feb 2018 description

In the hot and dusty county of Turkana in northwestern Kenya lies the sprawling Kakuma refugee camp.

Informal settlements, constructed mainly using a variety of materials such as iron sheets, mud, or traditional thatching, dot the landscape and offer residents relief from the sweltering heat, which can sometimes reach 40 degrees Celsius during the day and only drop to the low 30s at night.

Besides the harsh climate, the camp lies in an area which is dry, windswept and prone to dust storms.

21 Feb 2018 description

Pour la toute première fois, le rôle de l'environnement pour garantir la sécurité a été abordé dans l'un des plus importants forums de politique internationale au monde.

La Conférence de Munich sur la sécurité a réuni certains des responsables de gouvernements et représentants des questions de sécurité les plus éminents depuis sa création en 1963. Les moyens de lutter contre les conflits interétatiques, le terrorisme et les armes de destruction massive figurent parmi les sujets les plus discutés.

21 Feb 2018 description

For the first time, the role of the environment in promoting security was addressed at one of the world’s most important international policy forums.

The Munich Security Conference has brought together some of the world’s most prominent government and security officials since its founding in 1963. Ways of tackling inter-state conflicts, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction are among the topics that have traditionally dominated the meeting’s agenda.

16 Feb 2018 description

Abidjan, 1 February 2018 - Parties to the Bamako Convention adopted a set of decisions. They also adopted, by consensus, a negotiated Ministerial Declaration through which they reaffirmed their commitment to make Africa a pollution-free continent.

06 Feb 2018 description
  • El primer informe de evaluación mundial exhaustivo de base empírica en materia de degradación del suelo se presentará en marzo de 2018.
  • Mejores pruebas disponibles para que las instancias decisorias adopten decisiones bien fundadas para detener e invertir la degradación del suelo.
  • Elaborado por más de 100 expertos internacionales destacados de 45 países durante 3 años.
06 Feb 2018 description
  • Le premier rapport complet au monde fondé sur des preuves et portant sur la dégradation des sols sera rendu public en mars 2018.
  • Meilleures données probantes disponibles pour permettre aux décideurs de prendre des décisions avisées en vue d'enrayer et d'inverser le processus de dégradation des sols.
  • Élaboré pendant 3 ans par plus de 100 éminents experts internationaux issus de plus de 45 pays.
06 Feb 2018 description
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  • World's fist comprehensive evidence-based assessment report on land degradation will be launched in March 2018
  • Best-available evidence for decision makers to make informed decisions to halt & reverse land degradation
  • Prepared by more than 100 leading international experts from 45 countries over 3 years
  • Draws on more than 3,000 scientific papers, Government reports, indigenous and local knowledge & other sources
  • Improved by over 7,300 comments from more than 200 external reviewers, including Governments
06 Feb 2018 description

UN Environment will implement the largest natural resource development project in the history of The Gambia to help the West African nation tackle climate change impacts and restore degraded forests, farmland and coastal zones.

Funded by a $20.5 million Green Climate Fund (GCF) grant and $5 million from the Government of the Gambia, the "Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation Project in The Gambia" (EbA) was launched in January in the capital Banjul.

30 Jan 2018 description
  • UN Environment conducted an independent audit of the sites affected by the 2006 waste dumping from the Probo Koala in various parts of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

  • The audit finds that none of the sites where waste from the Probo Koala was dumped show contamination exceeding the limits set by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for remediation. As a result, none of these sites requires additional intervention to clean up contamination from the 2006 dumping event.