News by topic: Climate Change, Environment


Deputy UN chief calls for ‘hydro-diplomacy’ as world faces growing water shortages

30 March – The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told delegates gathered at the General Assembly today.


Earth Hour 2015: UN dims lights to focus attention on climate action, sustainability

28 March – The United Nations will go dark later this evening as the Organization shuts off the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of 'Earth Hour,' an annual global event raising awareness about the need to take action on climate change and promoting sustainable energy consumption.


On World Meteorological Day, UN chief stresses need to mitigate climate change patterns

23 March – With extreme weather and changing climatic patterns taking a heavier toll on the planet, mitigating and adapting to them remains “among the great tests of our time,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he stressed the need for timely, reliable information to further strengthen resilience.


New UN-backed report finds ‘far too high’ levels of elephant poaching across Africa

23 March – An ongoing decline in overall elephant numbers remains likely as the poaching of African elephants continued to exceed population growth rates throughout 2014, a new United Nations-backed report warned today.


World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

22 March – As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.


UN officials stress investment, smart policies for sustainable future of world’s forests

20 March – The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be included in the sustainable development goals and climate change agreement to be adopted later this year, United Nations officials stressed ahead of the International Day of Forests, observed worldwide on 21 March.


Natural disasters - New strategy aims to build resilience, reduce loss

20 March – In a year when countries are set to adopt a global sustainable development agenda, and to forge a meaningful, binding climate change agreement, world leaders meeting in Sendai, Japan, signed on to a new framework for making the world safer from the threats of natural disasters.


UN responding to ‘devastating’ impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, Pacific region

14 March – The United Nations announced today that it is taking all necessary steps to respond to the catastrophic impacts of a devastating tropical cyclone that affected most of Vanuatu over the past two days.


UN stands ready to assist as Tropical Cyclone Pam threatens Vanuatu,Pacific region

13 March – As the pacific island nation of Vanuatu braces for Tropical Cyclone Pam, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today that it is standing by to assist the Government.


Sendai: World leaders gather for UN conference on managing disaster risk

13 March – World leaders are gathering for a United Nations conference in Sendai, Japan, to agree on a new framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and economic losses.