Environmental Governance Press Releases

The Secretariat of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) strengthen cooperation on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

- New agreement paves the way for enhanced cooperation between UN Environment and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states on environment and climate change
- UN Environment working closely with the ACP Secretariat to support a more coherent and integrated approach towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals in African, Caribbean and Pacific states

20/12/2016 00:00:00

European Commission, UN Environment step up cooperation to protect the world's oceans

Green growth and biodiversity also on the agenda
20/12/2016 00:00:00

UN Biodiversity Conference results in significant commitments for action on biodiversity

Agreements reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development - Pledges and commitments in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity made by Business; Cities and Subnational Authorities, IPLCs and Youth;
- Capacity-building strategy agreed for the Convention and its Protocols;
- Protected areas on the land and in the oceans and seas, expanding considerably, with Mexico increasing marine protection to 23 per cent;
- Marine agenda advances with work on marine debris, underwater noise and spatial planning;
- Decisions made on Climate-related Geoengineering, synthetic biology and others.

19/12/2016 00:00:00

Financial Technology Can Break New Ground in the Transformation towards Sustainable Development


14/12/2016 00:00:00

As countries rush to protect their seas, endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh calls to preserve the Antarctic

- Marine protected areas now cover 18.5 million km2 - over 5% of the global ocean and nearly 13% of territorial waters
- Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh launches campaign to place an Antarctic area the size of Australia under protection
- Mexico announces largest biological reserve in the country's history

13/12/2016 00:00:00

Urban sprawl, mining and tourism are adding to the litter problem in mountains, but a new UN report shows way out

- The 2015 Nepal earthquake produced 11 years-worth of debris in a single day
- 140,000 kilograms of trash remain in Mt. Everest region following decades of tourism
- Over a quarter of people in mountainous regions now live in cities

12/12/2016 00:00:00

Environmental crime threatening peace and security, finds new INTERPOL-UN Environment report


09/12/2016 00:00:00

Six environmental leaders receive Champions of the Earth award - UN's top environmental prize

President of Rwanda, Australian eco-innovator, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Indian organizer of world's largest beach clean-up, Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, and veteran Mexican biologist all lauded
03/12/2016 00:00:00

Loopholes in regulations allow illegal logging to thrive worldwide

- Strict laws in some countries re-route illegal timber to less regulated markets
- New report shows increased involvement of organized crime in illegal logging
- Almost one-third of tropical timber traded worldwide may come from illegal forest land conversion

03/12/2016 00:00:00

Cristiana Pasca Palmer of Romania appointed as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity


01/12/2016 00:00:00

More than 190 Governments prepare to take tough decisions to stop biodiversity decline worldwide

- Governments need to ramp up efforts to stop biodiversity decline in light of pessimistic reports.
- Time running out on global efforts to meet biodiversity targets with 2/3 still off track
- Countries to focus on the value of biodiversity to engage other economic sectors as means of halting degradation
- Ability to achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement is at stake

01/12/2016 00:00:00

New Analysis Shows Scale of International Commitment to Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade: Over $1.3 Billion Since 2010


17/11/2016 00:00:00


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