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2016 slated to be hottest year ever, with record-breaking emissions and melting Arctic ice

14 November 2016 – According to the United Nations weather agency, 2016 is set to be the hottest year on record with global temperatures of approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, in part because of the powerful El Niño weather pattern that began late last year.


UN development agency working with Cuban government in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew

11 November 2016 – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is cooperating with Cuban authorities to support early recovery in Baracoa, Maisí, Imías and San Antonio del Sur, the areas of the island nation most-affected by Hurricane Matthew.


Science centres and museums vitally important for sustainable development – UNESCO

10 November 2016 – Noting the centrality of science in major global sustainable development agenda, the head of the United Nations educational and scientific agency underscored the importance of science centres and museums to build skill and capacities as well as to send strong messages about the importance of science for sustainable development.


UN chief highlights importance of preparedness to reduce tsunami risks

05 November 2016 – In his message marking the first World Tsunami Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of reducing current and future levels of risk, particularly through strengthening preparedness.


INTERVIEW: ‘Education has power to save lives,’ survivors say, ahead of first Tsunami Awareness Day

04 November 2016 – Ahead of the inaugural World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November, two survivors of the most devastating tsunami in recent history – a Czech supermodel and a member of the Spanish family featured in the film The Impossible (2012) – have joined the United Nations’ commemoration of the Day.


One year on, UN experts urge Brazil to urgently boost efforts to address impacts of dam collapse

04 November 2016 – Voicing concern over the many pressing human rights impacts on some six million people since the worst mine disaster occurred in Brazil one year ago, a group of United Nations human rights experts today issued a strong call on the Government to immediately redouble efforts to solve health problems and speed up the resettlement process of those affected.


FEATURE: Feudal-era Japanese village leader stands as beacon for tsunami education

03 November 2016 – Japan’s initiative to raise the awareness of the risks posed by tsunamis will this weekend mark a milestone when World Tsunami Awareness Day makes its debut on 5 November – an occasion that goes beyond paying tribute to the victims of tsunamis.


ISIL’s ‘scorched earth policy’ creating environmental and health havoc in Mosul, warns UN

27 October 2016 – Environmental pollution is adding “complexity and danger” to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive in Mosul, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today, warning that fumes from burning stockpiles of sulphur dioxide, and oil wells that have been set ablaze, have led to further suffering for civilians in northern Iraq.


UN aid agencies stepping up assistance for those fleeing Mosul fighting

26 October 2016 – As newly-displaced Iraqis are starting to arrive at camps set up by the United Nations for people fleeing the ongoing military offensive to wrest Mosul from terrorists, the Organization’s health and refugee agencies have ramped up their own operations to provide assistance and to respond to what has thus far been a ‘moderate’ influx.


INTERVIEW: To be sustainable, cities should be more connected, inclusive and dynamic – ICAO chief

24 October 2016 – A Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between urban development and aviation was signed in Quito, Ecuador, during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.