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.
Hannah Reid and Karen Podvin
Roadmap to healthier, cleaner oceans adopted by UN Environment and European Commission
Brussels, 20 June 2018 – To address the threats of pollution, marine litter and overfishing, UN Environment and the European Commission today adopted the ‘2018 Oceans roadmap 2.0’, an agreement to support the conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystems and keep our oceans healthy, productive and resilient.
In recent years, the Republic of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, has often been in the headlines due to the protracted armed conflict which has engulfed the country since December 2013.
However, despite the challenges posed by the conflict, the landlocked eastern-central Africa country has been working with UN Environment, and other international partners, to address decades of environmental degradation.
The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity for agriculture and food
Authored by more than 100 world class scientists including ecologists, economists, accountants, development practitioners and policy makers the ground breaking report on economics of ecosystems and biodiversity for agriculture and food is the first study that provides an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of our food system, covering topics such as farming, marketing, retailing and consumption.
Over half the world menstruates. Yet conversations about periods are rare. Rarer still are discussions about the environmental impact of female hygiene products.
Climate change affects everyone, but certain demographics and groups are at greater risk. One such demographic is women, who are more likely than men to feel the negative consequences of a warming planet.
This fact was one of the primary reasons for the Climate Leaders’ Summit: Women Kicking it on Climate, which was hosted on 16 and 17 May by Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
Andrea Dekrout is Senior Environmental Coordinator for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Based in Geneva, Dekrout is responsible for ensuring sustainable environmental management in UNHCR operations and refugee camps. In her work, she helps refugees and their host communities maintain a clean and healthy environment. We sat down with her to discuss the situation in Cox’s Bazar, a coastal city that has recently seen an enormous influx of refugees.
What is the history of Cox’s Bazar as a refugee settlement?
Papua New Guinea shares the island of New Guinea with Indonesia. The country of 463,000 km² includes a group of islands in Oceania, between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean.
Morocco is situated in the north west of the continent of Africa. The territory extends over 710,850 km2 and the coastline covers 2900km on the Atlantic Ocean, as well as 512 km of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. The Moroccan population is approximately 33.8 million people. Morocco has enjoyed a comparatively steady political and economic development trajectory compared to neighbouring countries.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked least developed country (LDC) in the Himalayan Mountains, with a population of 768,577, covering an area of 38,394 km². The area is mountainous, with steep slopes and 70% forest cover. The climate varies by altitude from alpine to subtropical and is strongly influenced by monsoons. The terrain limits agricultural productivity, but whilst agriculture contributes only 16% to GDP, it employs around 58% of the workforce.
The Republic of Armenia is a small landlocked country in the Caucasus region, with an area of 29,743m² and a population of 2,998,600. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with fast flowing rivers, and few forests. The climate is highland continental, which means that Armenia is subject to hot summers and cold winters. Agricultural lands cover 69% of the territory and agriculture employs 44% of the working population, although agriculture´s contribution to the overall economy is declining.
Rains and floods form only a small part of the picture, as people in Uganda are generally more affected by drought. The dry spells – which have been prolonged by climate change – are taking a toll on people living with HIV/AIDS, who have fever and cough more frequently than before. In a country where more than 7 per cent of the population is HIV positive, these effects can be significant.
Bogotá, D.C., 13 de abril de 2018.- Una misión conjunta de ONU Medio Ambiente y la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA) apoyará al Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible de Colombia en la evaluación del impacto ambiental y humanitario del derrame petrolero ocurrido en el pozo La Lizama 158, de la compañía Ecopetrol, en el departamento colombiano de Santander.