News by topic: Climate Change, Environment


On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

26 July – Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks the first ever International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.


In Skype video chat, Ban applauds Solar Impulse pilot on remarkable journey

25 July – United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today hailed the determination and courage of the Solar Impulse flight team as the aircraft completes its around-the-world, solar-powered journey.


2016 on pace to be hottest year ever as climate change trends reach ‘new climax’– UN

21 July – Global temperatures for the first six months of this year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, the United Nations weather agency said today.


UN chief invites leaders to fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

20 July – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging world leaders to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change and speed up the process to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.


Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report

20 July – Forests can contribute greatly to the fight against climate change even after trees have been logged, according to a new United Nations report which looks at the impact of wood products on carbon storage.


Ban urges burden-sharing, solidarity to combat effects of El Niño and mitigate climate change

19 July – The lives and livelihoods of more than 60 millions people around the world have been turned upside down by the extreme weather events linked to the El Niño phenomenon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said, calling for a scaled-up, unprecedented response that goes beyond humanitarian action.


New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

19 July – For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and land use in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.


New UN report links farming, forestry and improved food security

18 July – Agriculture and forestry can improve food security, according to a new United Nations report released today, at the start of World Forest Week.


New UN-backed survey reveals ‘alarming’ damage to high seas and marine ecosystems

14 July – More than half of the world’s fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of our major fish stocks are now overexploited, according to the latest global assessments on the state of world’s high seas and large marine ecosystems launched today by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.


UN launches ‘Sendai Seven’ campaign aimed at boosting disaster risk management

11 July – The United Nations envoy dealing with disaster risk reduction today launched a new multi-year campaign that aims to reduce disaster losses, improve management of disaster risk, and save lives.