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33 stories found over the past 45 days
FEATURE: Climate change and the world’s oceans

05 June 2017 – The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from 5 to 9 June.


Sustainable production a 'powerful engine' for decent work creation – UN labour chief

05 June 2017 – Emphasizing the potential for 'greening' the world of work, the top United Nations labour official told delegates at the International Labour Conference today that job creation and the protection of the planet can and must work together to ensure a sustainable future for all.


Cholera cases in Yemen may reach 130,000 in two weeks, UNICEF warns

02 June 2017 – With about 70,000 cholera cases reported with nearly 600 fatalities in Yemen, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that an already dire situation for children is turning into a disaster.


Act before time runs out, urges UNICEF, as Yemen grapples with ‘unprecedented’ cholera outbreak

31 May 2017 – Amid an “unprecedented” increase in suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen – where medical facilities are teetering on the edge of collapse – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stepped up its response but warned that time may be “running out.”


Sri Lanka: UN agency deploys rapid assessment teams to assist in wake of monsoon floods, landslides

30 May 2017 – According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC), the South Asian country is combating floods and mudslides in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Mora, while the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) today deployed three rapid assessment teams to the most affected districts, where some 177 people have died and 109 remain missing.


Climate action 'a necessity and an opportunity,' says UN chief, urging world to rally behind Paris accord

30 May 2017 – Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all.


FEATURE: ‘Grandpa Oyster’ offers example of sustainable ocean business

30 May 2017 – Shigeatsu Hatakeyama’s oyster farm was completely destroyed by the deadly tsunami that hit north-east Japan in March 2011.


UN risk reduction forum in Cancun closes with call to harness data

29 May 2017 – We can't change nature, but we can be prepared if we have the right information – that was the message from a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, which closed with a call for all countries to systematically measure losses from natural disasters.


UN envoy warns of dire crisis as Gaza faces power cuts, gallons of raw sewage pouring into the sea

26 May 2017 – The United Nations Middle East envoy today cautioned that unless urgent measures are taken to de-escalate the crisis now spiralling out of control in the Gaza Strip, there will be devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis alike.


With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico

25 May 2017 – Opening a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed cautioned that the world would not reach its development goals without tackling climate change and disaster risk.