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6 billion tons of sand extracted annually, adding pressure on marine life

Geneva, 5 September 2023 – The first-ever global data platform on sand and other sediment extraction in the marine environment finds that the marine dredging industry is digging up 6 billion tons per year, the equivalent of more than 1 million dump trucks per day. This is significantly impacting biodiversity and coastal communities. The new data platform, Marine […]

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Climate litigation more than doubles in five years, now a key tool in delivering climate justice

Nairobi, 27 July 2023 – The total number of climate change court cases has more than doubled since 2017 and is growing worldwide. These findings, published today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, show that climate litigation is becoming an integral part of securing climate action and justice.  The report, Global Climate Litigation Report: 2023 […]

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New partnership aims to accelerate Global Biodiversity Framework implementation

Montreal, December 19, 2022 – At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), 23 countries and organizations, led by Colombia and supported by Germany, launched a partnership to accelerate country-led implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, adopted at the meeting. The countries and organizations signed a declaration launching the Accelerator Partnership to help countries fast track and upscale the […]

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The closing window: inadequate progress on climate action makes rapid transformation of societies only option, finds UN report

Nairobi, 27 October 2022 – As intensifying climate impacts across the globe hammer home the message that greenhouse gas emissions must fall rapidly, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report finds that the international community is still falling far short of the Paris goals, with no credible pathway to 1.5°C in place. However, the Emissions […]

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UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen statement on UNGA resolution recognizing the right to a healthy environment

Today, the UN General Assembly made history. Today, the General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. Today, the General Assembly delivered a victory for people and planet. The resolution adopted today was five decades in the making. From a foothold in the 1972 Stockholm Declaration, the right […]

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Religious leaders, UNEP appeal for climate-responsible finance as a moral imperative towards children

Geneva/Nairobi/New York, May 9, 2022 – The World Council of Churches (WCC), United Nations Environment Programme, Muslim Council of Elders, and NY Board of Rabbis have signed a landmark joint appeal, “Climate-Responsible Finance – A moral imperative and responsibility to all children and the living world“. “Let us come together and influence how money is invested in […]

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Deadly wildfires, noise pollution and mismatches: UN report identifies looming environmental threats

Nairobi, February 2022 – Wildfires are burning more severely and more often, urban noise pollution is growing into a global public health menace, and phenological mismatches – disruptions in the timing of life-cycle stages in natural systems – are causing ecological consequences. These critical environmental issues, requiring greater attention, are highlighted in the new Frontiers […]

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Step up climate change adaptation efforts or face huge disruption: UN report

Glasgow, November 4, 2021 – As nations gather for the latest round of climate talks in Glasgow, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has called for urgent efforts to increase the financing and implementation of actions designed to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change. The Adaptation Gap Report 2021: The Gathering […]

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UNEP: Updated climate commitments ahead of COP26 summit fall far short, but net-zero pledges provide hope

Nairobi, October 26, 2021 – New and updated climate commitments fall far short of what is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, leaving the world on track for a global temperature rise of at least 2.7°C this century, according to the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) latest Emissions Gap Report 2021: The Heat Is On. […]

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Climate-friendly cooling could cut years of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and save US$ trillions: UN

Nairobi, July 17, 2020 – Coordinated international action on energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling could avoid as much as 460 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – roughly equal to eight years of global emissions at 2018 levels – over the next four decades, according to the Cooling Emissions and Policy Synthesis Report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) […]

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Unite human, animal and environmental health to prevent the next pandemic – UN Report

Nairobi, July 6, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take lives and disrupt economies across the world, a new report warns that further outbreaks will emerge unless governments take active measures to prevent other zoonotic diseases from crossing into the human population, and sets out ten recommendations to prevent future pandemics. The report, Preventing the […]

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UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

Rome/Nairobi, May 22, 2020 – Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world’s forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World’s Forests released today. Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), the report shows that the conservation of the world’s biodiversity is […]

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Cut global emissions by 7.6 percent every year for next decade to meet 1.5°C Paris target – UN report

Geneva, November 26, 2019 – On the eve of a year in which nations are due to strengthen their Paris climate pledges, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report warns that unlessglobal greenhouse gas emissions fall by 7.6 per cent each year between 2020 and 2030, the world will miss the opportunity to get on […]

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Costa Rica named ‘UN Champion of the Earth’ for pioneering role in fighting climate change

September 20, 2019 – Costa Rica has received a 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honour, for its role in the protection of nature and its commitment to ambitious policies to combat climate change. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recognized Costa Rica in the policy leadership category. A world leader […]

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