News by topic: Climate Change, Environment


At UN, Kyrgyz Minster cites ‘tangible blows’ to country’s economy due to climate change

24 September – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Erlan Abdyldavev, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, expressed support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which contain a number of targets that are priorities for his country, including poverty reduction, high-quality education, health care, economic growth and environmental protection.


At UN, Tonga shares experiences on preserving marine diversity, tackling non-communicable diseases

24 September – As the United Nations General Assembly continued its annual high-level debate today, Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, the Prime Minister of Tonga, continued his country’s strong advocacy for the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s oceans and their natural resources.


‘This is no longer a time for promises,’ African leaders tell UN, urging action on Global Goals

22 September – While the current session of the United Nations General Assembly has opened in a context marked by turmoil, Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon said this morning there are nevertheless some “bright spots and glimmers of hope,” including the adoption by Member States of landmark agreements on climate change, development financing and sustainable development.


‘There is no time to waste’ Ban says, as Paris climate accord crosses first threshold for entry into force

21 September – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that more than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark pact that seeks to put the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future.


FEATURE: Two panda cubs, two little girls and the Sustainable Development Goals

20 September – What do two panda cubs and two Fijian girls have to do with the Sustainable Development Goals?


Guyana emerging as a ‘green State,’ President tells UN Assembly

20 September – Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the President of Guyana highlighted that his country will continue to pursue a ‘green’ economy and will be a reliable and cooperative partner in international efforts to protect the earth's environment.


As ‘environment powerhouse,’ Brazil to join Paris climate accord, President tells UN Assembly

20 September – Following the tradition of being the first Head of State to address the annual United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, the President of Brazil today pledged that his country will formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change by depositing its instrument of ratification at a special event tomorrow with the UN Secretary-General.


On Ozone Day, Ban cites progress so far, urges recommitment to environmental protection

16 September – Marking the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries to strengthen climate protection by reducing the use of hydrofluorocarbons.


At ASEAN-UN Summit, Ban highlights complementarity between world and regional bodies on sustainable development

7 September – Speaking at a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the focus of cooperation between the two organizations on a range of sectors, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and gender equality and women’s empowerment.


UN agricultural agency and USAID sign agreement to boost developing countries’ ability to track key data

7 September – The United Nations agricultural agency today signed a $15 million agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to boosting the capacity of developing countries to track key agricultural data – information considered essential to good policy-making and that will help track progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).