Environmental issues and sustainable development

Environmental issues and sustainable development

23 November 2020

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said carbon dioxide continues to be at record highs, despite COVID-19 lockdowns around the world.  According to the WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, carbon dioxide levels saw a growth spurt in 2019 and the annual global average breached the significant threshold of 410 parts per million.

22 November 2020
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Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks, as delivered, to the Group of 20 (G20) Riyadh Summit‑Session II:  Building an Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Future, today:

19 November 2020
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks on climate action, to the European Council on Foreign Relations, held today:

19 November 2020

Humanitarian partners in Honduras launched a flash appeal for $69.2 million to help the Government respond to the needs of 450,000 vulnerable people affected by Hurricane Eta, which caused catastrophic damage.  Given the recent new tropical storm Iota, the plan will be updated following assessments of its impact.

18 November 2020
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Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video remarks to the Youth4Climate virtual event, held today:

18 November 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that the eleventh Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ended.  WHO thanked partners for their support and congratulated responders and all those who tirelessly tracked cases, provided treatment, engaged communities and vaccinated more than 40,000 people at risk.

16 November 2020

Central America is bracing for another potentially catastrophic storm – named Iota – just two weeks after Hurricane Eta made landfall in the region, causing death and destruction.  Ahead of Iota, the United Nations, alongside regional and national partners, is building on preparedness and response efforts for Eta.

14 November 2020
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ opening remarks to the open session of the eleventh Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United Nations Summit, held today:

13 November 2020

A series of tropical cyclones have devastated areas in the Philippines, Viet Nam, Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic since early October, United Nations humanitarian officials report, noting that the Organization and partners are seeking $95 million to help nearly 675,000 displaced people.

12 November 2020
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as delivered, to the annual ministerial meeting of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, today:

12 November 2020
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Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message for the “Finance in Common” Summit, held today:

12 November 2020
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the Paris Peace Forum, held today:

10 November 2020
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Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message at the twentieth meeting of the Council of Heads of State of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), held today:

10 November 2020
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Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message for the “Madrid Call to Action,” held today:

9 November 2020
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Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message at the opening of the “Race to Zero” Dialogues, held today:

9 November 2020
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Green Horizon Summit, delivered today:

9 November 2020

Amid tensions in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the Secretary-General spoke to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and regional leaders, relaying his support.  United Nations staff will continue to deliver assistance to over 2 million people in Tigray, where thousands are also affected by COVID-19 and a desert locust infestation.

6 November 2020

The Emergency Relief Coordinator reported that six humanitarian workers were lost in targeted attacks in Somalia, in two separate incidents in South Sudan, and in north-west Syria.  “This cannot be tolerated,” he said, calling the attacks a violation of international law and an “obscene act against people working hard” to help the world’s vulnerable.

5 November 2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched the Food Coalition, a multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral alliance that aims to ensure global food access and increase the resilience of agri-food systems.  The pandemic could add 132 million more people to the world's undernourished in 2020, FAO says, on top of the 690 million hungry people in 2019.

4 November 2020

In Nicaragua, UNICEF and its partners have prepositioned emergency supplies and developed a joint response plan to address the needs of families impacted by Hurricane Eta, including 10,000 people evacuated from the northern coast, while the World Food Programme has positioned 80 metric tons of food assistance in the region.