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UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • UN Environment launches major global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter 
  • Ten countries are already on board, as well as DELL Computers, singer Jack Johnson, actor Adrian Grenier and media personality Nadya Hutagalung 
  • More than 8 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the ocean each year – equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute

Netherlands to Host Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

Monday, February 6, 2017

By signing the Paris Climate agreement countries have made climate change adaptation a top global priority and the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, a joint initiative of The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment is an important step to deliver on that commitment.

Financial institutions worth $6.6 trillion set standards for financing sustainable development

Monday, January 30, 2017
  • 19 banks and investors, totalling $6.6 trillion in assets set new criteria for sustainable financial instruments
  • An estimated $5 to 7 trillion a year is needed to achieve the global sustainable development goals
  • Banks manage $140 trillion of assets and institutional investors over $100 trillion

New York Pension Fund joins multi-billion-dollar international investors to reduce carbon footprint

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fund joins a coalition of 28 international investors controlling over $3 trillion in assets

 

Revolutionary digital platform to boost green finance

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Green Digital Finance Alliance is committed to driving forward such changes through market innovation, collaborative action and increased public's awareness of sustainable development and green lifestyle choices.

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

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Green growth and biodiversity also on the agenda

 

UN Biodiversity Conference results in significant commitments for action on biodiversity

Sunday, 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...

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