UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

  • UN Environment launches major global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter 
  • Ten countries are already on board, as well as DELL...

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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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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 

West African countries ban Europe's dirty fuel imports

Press Release | December 5, 2016

Cleaner fuel to reduce air pollution for more than quarter of a billion people


International insurance regulators establish forum to address sustainability issues

External Cooperation | December 5, 2016

The insurance sector is pivotal to an effective response to sustainable development. 

Indonesia targets catastrophic wildfires, climate change with historic move to protect peatlands

Press Release | December 5, 2016

- Drained and burned peatlands are responsible for up to 5 per cent of anthropogenic carbon emissions 

- 2015 Indonesian peat fires caused economic losses of US$ 16.1 billion

- At their worst, daily emissions from Indonesia's peat fires were greater than those of the entire US economy

Ministers commit to integrate biodiversity into key economic sectors in order to achieve global biodiversity targets.

Press Release | December 4, 2016
  • Ministers of Environment, Agriculture, Tourism , Fisheries and Forestry agree on urgent coordinated action to advance progress on biodiversity targets 
  • Meeting adopts Cancun Declaration on Mainstreaming the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity for Well-Being 
  • Countries also announce ambitious commitments in support of Aichi Targets 

Loopholes in regulations allow illegal logging to thrive worldwide

Press Release | December 3, 2016
  • Strict laws in some countries re-route illegal timber to less regulated markets 
  • New report shows increased involvement of organized crime in illegal logging 
  • Almost one-third of tropical timber traded worldwide may come from illegal forest land conversion

Six environmental leaders receive Champions of the Earth award –UN's top environmental prize

Press Release | December 2, 2016

President of Rwanda, Australian eco-innovator, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Indian organizer of world's largest beach clean-up, Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, and veteran Mexican biologist all lauded 

Cristiana Pasca Palmer of Romania appointed as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Press Release | December 2, 2016

Ms Pasca Palmer will succeed Braulio Dias of Brazil, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his continued commitment and contribution to the Convention on biological diversity in his capacity as Executive Secretary.

More than 190 Governments prepare to take tough decisions to stop biodiversity decline worldwide

Press Release | December 1, 2016
  • Governments need to ramp up efforts to stop biodiversity decline in light of pessimistic reports.
  • Time running out on global efforts to meet biodiversity targets with 2/3 still off track
  • Countries to focus on the value of biodiversity to engage other economic sectors as means of halting degradation
  • Ability to achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement is at stake

Sugar sweetens the deal for renewable energy

Press Release | November 22, 2016

Cogeneration of heat and power from sugarcane byproducts can help meet Africa's energy needs