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UN report: Value of nature must not be overridden by pursuit of short-term profit

The values that we ascribe to nature are vital parts of our cultures, identities, economies, and ways of life, all of which should be reflected in policy decisions surrounding our natural world, according to a new UN-backed report released on Monday. However, the new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) assessment report […]

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Mass relocations continue: 17,000 Tibetans to leave homes by August

More than 17,000 Tibetans from Tsonyi (Chinese: Shuanghu) county, Nagchu (Naqu) prefecture are to leave their homes to settle about 400km away in Lhoka (Shannan) prefecture of the “Tibet Autonomous Region,” Chinese state media are reporting. The Tibetans will join the 4,000 farmers and herdsmen that were already relocated in the first phase of relocation […]

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Cabo Verde faces spike in food insecurity as a result of drought, Covid-19 and the crisis in Ukraine

DAKAR – The number of people affected by food insecurity in Cabo Verde is set to spike with more than 46,000 women, men and children – almost 10 percent of the population – facing an acute deterioration in food security between June and August this year. This represents a threat to the country’s hard-won gains […]

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Internet shutdowns: UN report details ‘dramatic’ impact on people’s lives and human rights

GENEVA (23 June 2022) – The dramatic real-life effects of Internet shutdowns on people’s lives and human rights have been vastly underestimated, the UN Human Rights Office warns in a new report issued today. The report urges States not to impose Internet shutdowns. “Too often, major communication channels or entire communication networks are slowed down […]

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Afghanistan: Devastating Earthquake Exacerbates Dire Humanitarian Crisis

June 22, 2022 – Statement by Neil Turner, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Afghanistan, on the devastating 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the country last night:   “Our teams are on the ground conducting a rapid needs assessment in the Spera district of Khost province. NRC will support the affected communities with […]

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UN expert: Tackling discrimination against LGBTI persons is a right to health and sustainable development imperative

GENEVA (17 June 2022) – Discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity deprive countless people around the world of their right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, a UN expert told the Human Rights Council today. Unless they are addressed and eradicated, he warned, the Sustainable Development Goals […]

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Rubber is the European import that poses biggest threat to West and Central Africa’s tropical forests

Brussels, June 16, 2022 – A first-of-its-kind investigation reveals that industrial rubber plantations in West and Central Africa have been linked to an area of tropical deforestation 16 times the size of Brussels since 2000, establishing it as the leading European driver of deforestation in the region – despite being left out of proposed rules to tackle […]

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UN expert urges States to end ‘vaccine apartheid’

GENEVA, June 14, 2022 – A UN human rights expert today urged the World Trade Organization (WTO) to ease intellectual property rules that protect the technology behind Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, calling transnational racial inequalities in access to immunizations a form of “vaccine apartheid.” In an open letter to the WTO’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference, the […]

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Copernicus: May 2022, globally joint fifth warmest, heatwave leads to temperature records in southwestern Europe

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Commission with funding from the EU, routinely publishes monthly climate bulletins reporting on the changes observed in global surface air temperature, hydrological variables and sea ice cover. All the reported findings are based on computer-generated […]

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FAO and WFP warn of looming widespread food crisis as hunger threatens stability in dozens of countries

Rome, June 6, 2022 – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued a stark warning of multiple, looming food crises, driven by conflict, climate shocks, the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and massive public debt burdens – exacerbated by the ripple effects of […]

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Fighting poverty and protecting the environment can only work together says new PIK report

A decent living for all people and better protection of nature and climate aren’t conflicting targets, a new scientific analysis highlights. Development goals such as reduced poverty and inequality, better health and education, and a secure supply of food and energy on the one hand interact closely with stabilizing the climate and preserving biodiversity on […]

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Global Plastics Treaty – Starting the Process in Senegal

A globally coordinated approach is vital to end plastic pollution. That’s the message made by Professor Steve Fletcher, Director of the Global Plastic Policy Centre at the University of Portsmouth, to delegates at the first UNEP meeting to develop an international, legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution.  The three day in person meeting in Senegal was introduced by Inger […]

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Urgent need for climate protection, energy transition and pandemic preparedness

The science academies of the G7 states are calling for urgent international action to protect the ocean and polar regions and to accelerate decarbonization. In the healthcare sector, scientists demand increased global pandemic preparedness and the implementation of a One Health approach, which considers the health of humans, animals, plants and the wider environment as […]

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No Reprieve: For life and territory, COVID-19 and resistance to the mining pandemic

May 24, 2022 – A new report developed by the Coalition against the Mining Pandemic — Latin America unmasks the unbridled advance of mining during the pandemic, for which reason communities and peoples in Latin America could not let their guard down even while taking measures to protect themselves from COVID-19. The report, “No Reprieve: For […]

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World stumbling into a new era of risks to peace, concludes SIPRI report

Stockholm, May 23, 2022 –  World leaders are failing to prepare for a new era of complex and often unpredictable risks to peace as profound environmental and security crises converge and intensify, according to a major report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The report, Environment of Peace: Security in a New Era […]

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