Environmental issues and sustainable development

Environmental issues and sustainable development

12 May 2021

Humanitarian officials in Somalia say a “double climate disaster”, marked by drought followed by torrential rains, has killed at least 25 people in two weeks.  Warning that 2.7 million people in the country are already food insecure, they note that the Humanitarian Response Plan is currently only 19 per cent funded.

10 May 2021
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Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message for the first International Day of Argania, observed on 10 May:

6 May 2021
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the 2021 Petersberg Climate Dialogue today:

6 May 2021

The Organization released today $65 million for the humanitarian response in Ethiopia, comprising $45 million from the United Nations-managed Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund and $20 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund, as the security situation in Tigray remains volatile.

28 April 2021
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The Forum on Forests, meeting via video-teleconference, continued its sixteenth session today with speakers discussing the progress achieved so far in launching the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network clearing house, as well as monitoring, assessment and reporting issues.

27 April 2021

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, with support from the World Health Organization and other partners, has launched a yellow fever vaccination campaign targeting more than 16.3 million people in the country, the first such drive against the disease in Africa this year.

27 April 2021
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The Forum on Forests focused on ways to better implement the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests and its six global forest goals, particularly in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the upcoming fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the second day of its sixteenth session today.

26 April 2021

Progress in protecting the world’s forests — and the people who rely on them — is at risk due to the devastating impacts of the coronavirus and the escalating climate and biodiversity crises, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

26 April 2021
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The Forum on Forests began its sixteenth session in a virtual format today with the launch of its inaugural Global Forest Goals Report, as speakers highlighted the myriad ways in which the world’s forests, if sustainably managed, can contribute to “building back better” from the COVID-19 pandemic while also achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

26 April 2021
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Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the high-level round table on major forest-related developments, at the sixteenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, held today:

23 April 2021

The first members of the International Organization for Migration’s emergency response team arrived in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines today to deliver essential shelter and emergency items to thousands of people forcibly displaced after the eruption of La Soufrière volcano.

23 April 2021
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Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the European Union-Africa Green Investment Forum, today:

22 April 2021
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Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Leaders' Summit on Climate, held today:

22 April 2021
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message marking the entry into force of the Escazú Agreement, today:

22 April 2021
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ statement on the conclusion of the opening session of the Leaders’ Summit on Climate, today:

22 April 2021

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it will launch an operation to reach up to 2 million vulnerable people in Myanmar’s main cities and other areas where people have recently been uprooted.  WFP estimates that 3.4 million more people will be hungry within the next six months, amid the ongoing effects of poverty, COVID-19 and political crisis.

22 April 2021
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Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the ELLE Education Sustainability Seminar today:

22 April 2021
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Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message for the International Day of Mother Earth today:

21 April 2021
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Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the launch of the “Second World Ocean Assessment” (WOA II) today:

21 April 2021

United Nations staff report that, despite recent improvements in humanitarian access, the situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray remains alarming, with conflict in some areas restricting humanitarian movement and response.  Insecurity in Tigray’s east zone last week reportedly impacted the movement of more than 20 relief trucks.