Talks Continue on Efforts to Leverage further Synergies between Ozone Layer Protection and Climate Change Mitigation
By 2030, the Protocol may be preventing 2 million cases of skin cancer each year. It will have prevented significant loss of food crops which in turn would have compounded future severe food security challenges.
Protected Areas are the building blocks of healthy land and seascapes and are central to the achievement of global targets
On this international day, let us reaffirm our commitment to protect the environment from the impacts of war, and to prevent future conflicts over natural resources
Since the adoption of the Convention just over a year ago, a number of countries have continued their efforts to combat the global, regional and national threat posed by mercury pollution worldwide. I commend those countries for their efforts.
Delivered on behalf of the Executive Director
AT THE OPENING OF COP / MOP 1
Over the last 60 years, at least 40 per cent of all intrastate conflicts have had a link to natural resources. In contrast, since 1946, fewer than a quarter of peace agreements aiming to resolve conflicts linked to natural resources have included specific resource management mechanisms.
18,788 species out of 52,017, so far assessed by IUCN, are threatened with extinction
As we move forward towards the September 2015 summit and the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations system in its entirety will need to rise to the challenge of balancing on one hand our responsibility to articulate a commensurate sustainable development agenda of the 21st century while recognizing that in its implementation we will always face many challenges.
Carbon emissions are at unprecedented levels.