New diseases have been emerging at the unprecedented rate of one a year for the last two decades, and this trend is certain to continue. We look at a small fraction of past pandemics and outbreaks, and the importance of solidarity, international cooperation and partnerships to prevent, detect and respond to these global challenges, while we tackle the immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ocean action is critical in safeguarding the health of our planet and our common future. On this year’s World Environment Day (5 June) to World Oceans Days (8 June), there are numerous ways to get involved – here are 10 things to watch out for during World Ocean Week 2020.
The theme of this year’s World Toilet Day is ‘Leaving no one behind’, [...]
A toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, [...]
What is new in the relationship between migration and the environment is that the world is grappling with the devastating impacts of climate change. With greater awareness came increased political recognition and there is now a widespread consensus on the need to address the adverse impacts of climate change on the migration of people now and in the future.
Chef Grace Ramirez recently added her voice to the [...]
Indigenous communities are key sources of knowledge and understanding on climate change impacts, responses and adaptation. Their traditional knowledge allows them to forecast weather patterns, improve agricultural practices and sustainably manage natural resources. But many of them have been fighting complicated climate battles – putting their lives and access to ancestral lands at risk.
10,000 litres of water are required to make a single pair of jeans. UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh gives us tips on how we can adopt sustainable fashion in our daily lives.
The impacts of climate change will not be borne equally or fairly, between rich and poor, women and men, and older and younger generations.
UN-Water coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international [...]
Goal of the Month | Exclusive Interview Satya Tripathi, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UN Environment
Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people [...]
Goal of the Month | Exclusive Interview with Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Goodwill Ambassador
In an exclusive interview, Nadia Murad, Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, talks about the resilience of victimized communities, and the support they need to rebuild their lives.
A shift to a greener economy could create 24 million new jobs globally by 2030 if the right policies are put in place, says the International Labour Organization (ILO).
SDG Advocate and UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth Alaa Murabit as she discusses gender equality and women empowerment.
"Yalla Let's Bike" (Come on Let's Bike) is an initiative that aims to defy traditional gender roles, combat overcrowded streets, and promote cycling as a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation.
Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa, Young Leader for the SDGs, stresses the need to invest in technology and innovation that benefits and empowers women and girls.
School lunches in Germany are changing. From traditional meat-heavy meals, students are being served a more expansive selection of vegetarian options. The idea is simple: getting kids eat healthier and more sustainable meals while reducing carbon footprints of the schools’ food services.
Amélie Jézabel Mariage, United Nations Young Leader for the SDGs and Co-founder of Aprendices Visuales
United Nations Young Leader for the SDGs Amélie Jézabel Mariage discusses her inspiration in advocating for children's rights to access inclusive education, adding that “innovation in education is a proven path to inclusion and a bridge to opportunity.”
I believe that educating and empowering young people everywhere, to become effective and productive members of society, is essential for sustainable growth and development.
UN Free & Equal Brazil Equality Champion and LGBTI activist Liniker calls on the rights of the LGBTI community to be respected, saying that “we are a part of humanity, and this must be acknowledged.”