Rethinking the way we design, produce, consume and dispose of resources will determine our ability to live within planetary boundaries.
The latest UNEP Emissions Gap Report released in November 2014 indicated that the world only have an estimated budget of 1000 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide that can be emitted into the atmosphere and exceeding this budget would increase the risk of severe, pervasive and in some cases irreversible climate change impacts.
11 per cent of the world's population - 783 million people - are still without access to safe water
Adopting a landscape approach in policy making can help us to better analyze and assess the trade-offs between different forms of land-use, and to make decisions that are just, and environmentally and economically sound.
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