Environmental Security in a Changing World

Top Scientists, Policy Makers and Business Leaders Debate Means of Addressing Environmental Challenges in Light of the G7 Agenda and the Changing...

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Live-tracking progress towards global goals now possible thanks to a cutting-edge UN knowledge platform

Policy making "in the dark" - under high levels of uncertainty and without concrete data - carries high risks and transactional costs which need...

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Argentina in the G20 Troika: the Boost to Sustainable Financing

The Ministry of Treasury today hosted the UN Environment Mission as part of the country’s commitment to boosting sustainable financing.

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Italy lays out roadmap for increasing flows of sustainable finance

 The issuance of green bonds in 2016 rose to US$81 billion, almost double 2015 levels.

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Netherlands to Host Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

By signing the Paris Climate agreement countries have made climate change adaptation a top global priority and the Global Centre of Excellence on...

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German G20 Presidency launches GreenInvest platform to engage developing countries on green finance needs and opportunities

Press Release | January 11, 2017

UN Environment has been selected to develop and manage GreenInvest, building on its extended experience in advancing sustainable finance

New research predicts the future of coral reefs under climate change

Press Release | January 5, 2017
  • If current trends continue, severe bleaching will occur every year on 99% of the world's coral reefs within this century
  • More ambitious emissions reductions may give reefs an average of 11 extra years before annual bleaching strikes 
  • High-resolution predictions of annual coral bleaching can help prioritize reefs for conservation

The Secretariat of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) strengthen cooperation on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

Press Release | December 20, 2016
  • New agreement paves the way for enhanced cooperation between UN Environment and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states on environment and climate change 
  • UN Environment working closely with the ACP Secretariat to support a more coherent and integrated approach towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals in African, Caribbean and Pacific states

European Commission, UN Environment step up cooperation to protect the world's oceans

Press Release | December 20, 2016

Green growth and biodiversity also on the agenda


UN Biodiversity Conference results in significant commitments for action on biodiversity

Press Release | December 18, 2016

- Pledges and commitments in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity made by Business; Cities and Subnational Authorities, IPLCs and Youth;
- Capacity-building strategy agreed for the Convention and its Protocols; 
- Protected areas on the land and in the oceans and seas, expanding considerably, with Mexico increasing marine protection to 23 per cent; 
- Marine agenda advances with work on marine debris, underwater noise and spatial planning; 
- Decisions made...

United Nations Welcomes Indonesian Government's Environmental Ambitions

Press Release | December 15, 2016

Indonesia has made ambitious climate action commitments under the Paris Agreement. The new moratorium on clearing peatlands is an important step towards achieving those commitments, as is the Government target of restoring 2 million hectares of degraded and burned peatlands.

Financial Technology Can Break New Ground in the Transformation towards Sustainable Development

Press Release | December 14, 2016

The report considers ways to unlock greater financial inclusion by reducing the costs for payments and providing better access to capital domestically and internationally

As countries rush to protect their seas, endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh calls to preserve the Antarctic

Press Release | December 13, 2016
  • Marine protected areas now cover 18.5 million km2 - over 5% of the global ocean and nearly 13% of territorial waters
  • Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh launches campaign to place an Antarctic area the size of Australia under protection
  • Mexico announces largest biological reserve in the country's history

Environmental crime threatening peace and security, finds new INTERPOL-UN Environment report

Press Release | December 8, 2016

The report focuses on the links between global environmental crime, valued at USD 91 - 258 billion annually, and other criminal activities, including organized crime and terrorism.

Scientists shine a spotlight on the overlooked menace of nitrogen

Press Release | December 5, 2016
  • United Nations and scientists bring together USD $60 million for new international management system to fight nitrogen pollution 
  • Indispensable to life on earth, reactive nitrogen is a dangerous pollutant of air, water and soil, when released in large quantities