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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What's next for the Kigali deal to curb potent greenhouse gases?

Press Release | October 20, 2016

Limiting the use of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol is expected to prevent the emissions of up to 105 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of greenhouse gases, helping to avoid up to 0.5 degree Celsius of global temperature rise by 2100. 

Urgent investment needed in walking and cycling infrastructure to save millions of lives and combat climate change

Press Release | October 20, 2016

Some 1.3 million people die each year on the roads, almost half of them pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could halt severe water shortages - UN Environment

Press Release | October 19, 2016
  •  Rivers begin to dry up as the loss of Mt Kilimanjaro's forests triggers water crisis
  • Climate change has destroyed 13,000 hectares of the mountain's forests since 1976 – equivalent to cutting off a year's supply of drinking water for 1 million people
  • East Africa's glaciers expected to disappear within a few decades

Countries agree to curb powerful greenhouse gases in largest climate breakthrough since Paris

Press Release | October 15, 2016
  •  Reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Kigali Amendment can prevent up to 0.5°C of global warming, while continuing to protect the ozone layer 
  • HFCs consumption to be reduced in 2019 in developed countries and frozen in 2024 and 2028 in developing countries

UN Environment Announces Co-chairs for Sixth Edition of Landmark State of World Environment Report (GEO-6)

Press Release | October 12, 2016

New GEO-6 website provides access to vital information and data


UN Environment Chief welcomes EU vote to ratify Paris Agreement

External Cooperation | October 4, 2016

"UN Environment supports all nations in making this transition towards a greener future".

Actions to Green the Financial System Have Doubled - But Further Transformation Still Needed

Press Release | September 30, 2016

Globally, US$5-7 trillion a year is needed to finance the Sustainable Development Goals.

Apes Seizure Database reveals true extent of illegal trade

Press Release | September 29, 2016

Seizure records in the database date back to 2005, and include any removal of great apes from unlawful situations.

Twenty African eco-enterprises to receive prestigious SEED Awards

Press Release | September 28, 2016

By facilitating the scale-up and replication of eco-innovations SEED boosts local economies and tackles poverty, while promoting the sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystems.

The Netherlands commits 12 million euros to UN Environment

External Cooperation | September 27, 2016

The Environment Fund is UN Environment's principal budgetary source for programming and operations.