Stories: UNEP in action

World Aids Day

World Aids Day

AIDS currently affects about 36.7 million people in the world.

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Governance/Wildlife

New Resolution on Wildlife Trafficking calls for ‘Zero-Tolerance’ on Corruption

A new European Union (EU) resolution on wildlife trafficking calls on EU member states to address corruption and the shortcomings of international governance measures across the wildlife trafficking chain ‘as a matter of urgency’.

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Ecosystem

Iraq’s Marsh Arabs more optimistic after World Heritage status

The Marshlands of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq are a rare aquatic landscape in the desert, and a biodiversity hotspot for key migratory birds.

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Gender

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

UN Environment joins the international community to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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Ecosystems

New pest control techniques for Kenya’s flower hub

Flower and horticulture businesses in Lake Naivasha region are changing the way they control pests.

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Wildlife

#WildForLife campaign to ramp up in solidarity with governments against wildlife trafficking

Governments at the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade committed to specific actions that support wiping out poaching and wildlife trafficking, recognising this as crucial to achieving sustainable, inclusive development by 2030.

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Governance

American Youth to bring US Federal Government to Trial in Ground-breaking Climate Change Lawsuit

In 2015 youth between the ages of 8 and 19 filed a constitutional climate change case against the Federal Government of the United States of America

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Climate

Green Passport lets Marrakech climate delegates walk the talk

Delegates to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech this year can now walk their talk by following the Green Passport Map of the beautiful “ochre city”

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Climate Change

Mind the other gap: adapting to climate change, as well as limiting it, is critical for developing countries

The US presidential election aside, the build-up to the latest round of climate talks now under way in Morocco

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Paris Agreement

Erik Solheim Statement on Paris Agreement entry into force

The Paris Agreement's entry into force is an historic day

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Disasters and Conflicts

The Fog of War

Battle for Mosul triggers environmental disaster as Islamic State fighters use the environment as a weapon of war, ...

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Disasters and Conflicts

Progress on protecting the environment from conflict is long-overdue

The streets are flowing with oil and a lot of it is on fire, so the air is dark with smoke.

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Sustainable Development

Swedish textile city Borås fashions itself and Viskan River anew

The Swedish city of Borås that almost lost all its primary trade

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Disasters and Conflicts

Working to Protect the Environment in Armed Conflict

Protecting the environment in times of armed conflict is not a new idea. Even in ancient times,

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Food Waste

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation and UN Environment Launch Video Contest to Bring Attention to Food Waste

Forgotten in the fridge or scraped off a plate. Thrown in the garbage. Left to rot. Sent to a landfill.

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Ecosystems

South China Sea countries to cooperate on integrating fisheries and marine ecosystem management

Countries bordering the South China Sea have embarked on a collaborative initiative ...

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Ecosystems

People serve forests; forests serve people

Villagers in a mountainous region of central Nepal are learning that good forest stewardship pays dividends.

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Ecosystems

Planting Healthy Air: A Natural Solution to Address Pollution and Heat in Cities

Can nature help cities address the twin problems of air that is too dirty or too hot?

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Protected areas

Sometimes 'Crazy' Gets the Job Done

I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy

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Ecosystems

Agriculture, nutrients and the health of fish

What happens on land affects our oceans. For example, when rainfall washes fertilizers from agricultural land into rivers, they end up in the sea.

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Awards

Sustainable UN team receives 2016 UN Secretary-General Award

A team led by UN Environment staff has clinched the 2016 Secretary-General Award for "Greening the UN"

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Ecosystems

Protecting What Protects Us: A Network of Conservation Areas in the Amazon

It is the largest tropical forest in the world, a land of myths and magic.

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Chemicals and Wastes

Lead, the silent killer, stalks Kenya’s paint industry

Squeezing past the pulley carts stacked high with goods,

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Chemicals and Wastes

Pushing for a Mercury-Free Future: Story of a Filipino migrant worker

Debbie, a former Filipino migrant worker, a miner, and a single parent of three has been through many challenges, including how to make ends meet.

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World Food Day

World Food Day: Resource-smart food systems are a must for sustainable development

When we sit around our dinner tables or have a drink at a café with family or friends,

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Partnerships

IMAX challenges student filmmakers to create documentaries that drive global awareness of environmental issues

A wide-ranging effort with UN Environment to inspire young filmmakers to address challenges through film

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Disasters

#LivetoTell: Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction in Action

As part of its global goal of advocating on the benefits of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction, UN Environment

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Partnerships

Panorama – Solutions for a Healthy Planet

What if we could learn from each other’s conservation successes, rather than reinventing the wheel again and again?

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity management - Indian style

Villagers in India’s rural Andhra Pradesh State have struck the delicate balance between benefiting from their rich biodiversity, while also ensuring its sustainability for future generations.

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Disasters

UN Environment continues to support the people of Haiti

Hurricane Matthew has had a devastating effect on the Grand Sud region of Haiti, where UN Environment has been working for the past six years.

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Green Economy

Banks buying in to China’s growing energy efficiency revolution

China’s intensified focus on greening its economy and developing an “ecological civilization” is powering the growth of energy efficiency and green bonds in the country and the world.

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SEED Awards

Kenyan entrepreneur sets off on long and plastic road

Africa continues to face challenges, despite the great strides it has taken to alleviate poverty and improve lives.

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Sustainable Development

EBAFOSA: Innovatively Delivering on the SDGs and the Paris Agreement

Africa continues to face challenges, despite the great strides it has taken to alleviate poverty and improve lives.

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Ecosystems

Tapping the Tana

Kenya’s Tana River Basin is the country’s life blood and needs careful management

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SEED Awards

Ugandan farmer hogs glory in grassroots award

Since he was in secondary school, in his village in Uganda, Noah Ssempijja remembers being known as the village maverick, the risk-taker.

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Ecosystems

One year on, the world's largest beach clean-up still fighting the plastic tide

Residents of Mumbai have been cleaning up their beach every week for the past year and vow to carry on until we change our ways with plastic

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Ecosystems

Environmental Glasnost: More than Pretty Words

It took me 50 hours to get from my home in Cape Town, at the tip of Africa, to Lake Baikal on the eastern edge of Siberia.

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Governance

UN Environment and INTERPOL Commit to Taking on Environmental Crime Together

The wildlife trade summit taking place this week in Johannesburg, South Africa is bringing countries together...

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Ecosystems

The Communities first

Towards improved land management in Africa

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SEED Awards

The Lost Crop: 2016 Seed Award Winner Transforming Rural Women’s Lives

When asked why she does what she does—working with women from poor rural backgrounds to grow and sell a little-known West African cereal crop,

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Governance

Cambodia to overhaul entire system of environmental governance

Government will create new environmental code and modernize Environment Ministry in bid to tackle raft of environmental threats

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Wildlife

As world meets to protect wildlife, female wildlife rangers show the way

As nations take decisions to protect rhinos, elephants, pangolins and other threatened species in Johannesburg this week,

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Sustainable Development

Pakistan targets primary school children to boost sustainability

We could lift one hundred and seventy-one million people out of poverty with it, cut child deaths by half and maternal mortality by 66 per cent with it,

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Governance

Asian and African Judges Talk Climate Change and the Rule of Law

Ahead of the Asian Development Bank’s Third Asian Judges Symposium on Environment ...

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Illegal trade in wildlife

Turning turtle on the illicit wildlife trade

When I picture my father's time in the South Pacific, I see turtles.

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Ecosystems

One Woman’s Quest to Green the Dive Business

Situated in Bocas del Toro, Panama, Ginette Bariteau’s

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Op-ed

Time to stop wildlife crime

I have a confession to make. Despite years of performing live in front of large audiences all over the world,

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Publication

Marine Litter Legislation – A toolkit for Policymakers

Well-crafted laws alone cannot solve the problem of marine litter, but they are an important piece of the puzzle.

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World Environment Day

UN Environment helps conservationists protect endangered Angolan antelopes

With help from UN Environment, conservationists have captured some of Angola’s endangered Giant Sable antelopes,

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Sustainable Development

Is Africa’s Natural Capital the Gateway to Finance Its Development?

Africa is rich in natural resources ranging from crude oil, natural gas,

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Air Pollution

Exporting Pollution: Dumping Dirty Fuels and Vehicles in Africa

Dirty fuels and vehicles are resulting in major health impacts in African cities. Outdoor air quality is quickly deteriorating, with vehicle emissions being a major source – often the major source.

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Ozone Day

Ozone and Climate – Restored by a World United

Almost 30 years ago, the world's countries joined hands in an unprecedented effort to tackle an invisible,

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Green Economy

Mongolia and Partnership for Action on Green Economy turn crisis into opportunity

The country’s economy grew by 17 per cent in 2011, riding high on the wave of a commodities boom, but suffered when commodity prices crashed and neighbouring China’s economy started to cool.

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Governance

Conserve Species to Protect Livelihoods in World’s Top Biodiversity Hotspots

The Caribbean is one of the planet’s most important biodiversity hot-spots, and now one of its most threatened.

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Green Finance

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: G20 shifts into a green gear on finance

“Green finance is one of the very few ideas that, if effectively implemented, can benefit the vast majority of the population in the world,...

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Fresh Water

River basin management improves access to drinking water in DR Congo

Pilot project shows how drinking water supply and ecosystems can be protected by catchment-based Integrated Water Resources Management.

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Fresh Water

Spend to save: Investing in poverty reduction, environment boosts national economies

When environment-related public spending is compared to the much-larger economic costs of environmental damage, governments tend to sit up and take notice – and invest more in sustainability.

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Fresh Water

Water, vital for life and sustainable growth in Sudan

Water is central to a growing nation. Depending on its scarcity, it can help or hamper sustainable development.

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Ecosystems

Two examples of how European Commission funding is promoting sustainable development

The European Union is a major funder of UNEP’s work, and the European Commission (EC) funds specific projects.

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Ecosystems

Are South Sudan’s wetlands in danger of drying up?

The Sudd wetlands have been estimated to provide services worth nearly $1 billion a year.

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Ecosystems

This fish's appetite could save coral reefs – if we learn to curb ours

Sandy, white beaches and bountiful coral reefs are inextricably linked to the image of the Caribbean.

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Climate Change

Pacific Island Women Technicians Help Protect Planetary Ozone and Climate

Suva, Fiji - Pacific Island women are confidently entering thetraditionally male-dominated refrigeration

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Climate Change

Against all odds, rural women in Myanmar cope with natural disasters and climate change

Pinsalu Island, Myanmar – Eight years after experiencing the devastating Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar’s worst natural disaster

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Sustainable Development

UNEP Implementing Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration

In 1992 the Rio Declaration was adopted and contained in part Principle 10 stating that:

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Ecosystems

Sick water

Nutrient pollution of recreational waters is ruining holidays and poses a serious health risk

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International Youth Day

Rwandan “Umuganda” action inspires youth to unite African communities

Aniebonam Bonaventure Chika believes deeply in the power of communities to achieve environmental goals.

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Marine Litter

Largest beach clean-up in history lays waste to marine litter

When the young Indian lawyer and his 84-year-old friend reached the edge of one of Mumbai’s largest beaches,

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Op-ed

Replenishing the pond

"The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives."

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International Youth Day

Students drive learning on the importance of bees, create bee habitat

The first honeybee visited the kids’ bee habitat within 10 minutes of the last plant being place in the ground.

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World Elephant Day

The new jungle book - fight against illegal wildlife trade in my country India

“The Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition” is a joint Samsung Engineering and UN Environment initiative ...

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International Youth Day

Young designer uses fashion to raise awareness of SCP issues in her industry

It was a minor twist of fate that led Lois McGuire, 29, to delve into sustainable fashion.

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International Youth Day

Hands-on environmental education for vulnerable youth

Reducing, reusing and recycling and mini lectures on environmental and resource conservation issues

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Ecosystems

Ecosystems pilot project achieves spectacular results

ProEcoServ has helped mainstream ecosystem management approaches into development policies.

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World Elephant Day

On #WorldElephantDay, UN Environment stands with these majestic animals.

Give your name to an elephant to change the game, go #wildforlife!

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International Youth Day

App creator wants people to go Wild-It over action for sustainability

Happy International Youth Day! A fortnight ago, UNEP sent out a call to ask young people to tell us their stories about the action that they were taking with respect to this year's theme: sustainable consumption and production and poverty reduction.

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International Youth Day

International Youth Day: UNEP and partners foster youth action for sustainable consumption and production

Shaoxin Li is a dreamer. To be precise, she’s a Dreamer— one of 25 young people chosen and trained to lead the charge to achieve sustainable consumption and production in their communities in their part of the Asia-Pacific under UNEP and SWITCH-Asia’s 4 Billion Dreams (4BD) project.

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Ecosystems

Pollinators under threat – so what?

About one in three mouthfuls of food we eat is delivered to us by pollinators.

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Food Systems

Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia

Global food systems have radically changed over the last 50 years.

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Indigenous People Day

Secretary-General's Message on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2016

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders last year

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Blog

The World Can Learn from the Latin American Experience.

How do we protect the environment while we grow our economies?

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Ecosystems

Restoring Natural Capital Can Help Reduce Extreme Poverty

In September 2015, when the international community embraced the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

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Ecosystems

Seaweed invasion harms economies in West Africa and the Caribbean

The shores of West Africa and the Caribbean are being invaded by a harmful form of seaweed called Sargassum.

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Blog

Fresh look-back at a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) project in Uganda

Evidence is emerging that PES schemes promote inclusive and sustainable use of natural capital.

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Tiger Day

On #TigerDay, UN Environment stands for these magnificent beasts.

Join us, #showyourstripes. Go #wildforlife

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Blog

We need to measure natural capital wealth, not income alone

With the endorsement of a resolution on Sustainable Management of Natural Capital for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction

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Sustainable tourism

Travel to Rio 2016 on a Green Passport: sustainable tourism safeguarding Brazil’s environment

Spectators at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games can make sure their visit doesn’t harm Brazil’s environment ...

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Ecosystems

Diet Matters

Diversifying food systems and diets to include nutrient-rich species can help reduce malnutrition

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Disasters

On the humanitarian and environmental frontline in Iraq

This time was different. I had seen the devastation and destruction that conflicts and disasters cause.

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Ecosystems

Sustainable Land Management: Do nothing and you’ll be poorer

Roughly 30 per cent of the planet’s surface is land of one kind or another

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Ecosystems

The Environmental Movement’s Greatest Success Story: Ozone Layer Begins to Heal

It seems unlikely that a coffin-sized machine that instructed its users to wrap it in a quilt to keep it warm ...

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Ecosystems

Caribbean Biological Corridor – a work in progress

Biological Corridor in the Caribbean: our space, our life

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Ecosystems

Are GHG emissions from the Global 500 a source for optimism?

Many greenhouse gases (GHG) occur naturally in the atmosphere – such as carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor and nitrous oxide

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Ecosystems

Integrating Gender in Ecosystems Management

We women do not want to be mainstreamed into a polluted stream

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Ecosystems

Tackling plastic pollution should begin at the source

Marine Litter Vital Graphics, highlights why it is important to act now if we want to avoid living in a sea of plastic by mid-century.

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Ecosystems

Rice farmers move towards sustainability

For every one billion people added to the global population, an additional 100 million tons of rice needs to be produced every year.

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Air Quality

Are GHG emissions from the Global 500 a source for optimism?

Many greenhouse gases (GHG) occur naturally in the atmosphere – such as carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor and nitrous oxide

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Disasters

Displacement and Environment in Africa: What is the relationship?

Droughts combined with population growth, a lack of sustainable land and water management, natural disasters,

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Ecosystems

Crunch time for Iraqi marshlands

World Heritage status would enhance the management of the natural and cultural resources of the Iraqi Marshlands

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Ecosystems

Invasive species – a huge threat to human well-being

Human mobility has fundamentally altered the make-up and the character of the biological world, as more and more species...

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Environmental Governance

UNEP expands access to vast body of environmental law

Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a small island state has to prepare a briefing on marine debris ahead of a major international conference.

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Climate Change

Connecting birds and insects to outer space

How harnessing the power of space technology can combat wildlife crime...

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Climate Change

European Union to fund plan to boost Low Emission Development in Africa

Africa’s bid to combat the potentially devastating consequences of climate change has received a major boost...

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Air Pollution

Air Pollution: Africa’s Invisible, Silent Killer

Air pollution remains a major challenge in Africa. About 600,000 deaths every year across the continent are associated with this invisible killer.

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Environmental Governance

UNEP expands access to vast body of environmental law

Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a small island state has to prepare a briefing on marine debris ahead of a major international conference.

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Climate Change

Peat fires stoke global warming

The lack of knowledge on peatlands must be addressed urgently

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China's new eco-guidelines

China unveils new targets to combat environmental damage

Electric cars to be widely used across China by 2020 as part of government’s drive to improve the health of its people

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World Refugee Day

Water scarcity could impact west asian credit ratings

Water scarcity, conflict and refugee exodus is the strongest megatrend in West Asia, indicating ...

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World Refugee Day

Climate Change Refugees: A catastrophe of our own creation

Climate change poses the most significant moral challenge to the global community and an existential threat ...

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World Day to Combat Desertification

Land restoration key to human well-being

Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.

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Ecosystems

Benefits galore if Mali’s Lake Faguibine system were revived

When we came to Lake Faguibine there was a big meeting with all of the community leaders there.

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Farewell

Achim Steiner bids farewell to UNEP after successful decade-long tenure

Achim Steiner wrapped up his last day as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme today after a 10-year term

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Ecosystems

Putting sustainable pastoralism on the global agenda

Pastoralism, with its multi-sectoral benefits, is undervalued

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World Oceans Day

The marine environment is an essential component of the global life-support system

Oceans cover 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface and provide us with food, oxygen and jobs.

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Ecosystems

Blue economy

The spreading tentacles of success in Madagascar’s octopus fisheries

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Ecosystems

Online learning opportunity on the ecosystems approach

One of UNEP’s goals is to help build the capacity of professionals to tackle current and future ecological problems.

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Montreal Protocol

Montreal Protocol parties achieve complete phase-out of ozone-depleting CFCs

Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will achieve...

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Climate Change

More action needed on sand and dust storms

Sand and dust storms negatively affect the health and livelihoods of millions of people across the world. In the Middle East and North Africa, about $13 billion in GDP is lost every year due to dust storms.

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World Environment Day

If wildlife crime makes you wild – get wild for life

If we want to avoid losing more species, we must start learning the lessons of the past.

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Ecosystems

Coral Ecosystems – More Data and Better Management Needed

How many coral reefs are there in the world? Nobody knows. How can we truly know the extent of anthropogenic coral bleaching and degradation if we lack data on the extent of coral ecosystems?

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World Environment Day

Angola Protects Wildlife, Turns to Ecotourism to Diversify Economy

As the plane banks in off the Atlantic Ocean over Luanda, the capital of Angola, the chief driver of the southern African nation’s economy announces itself loud and clear.

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World Environment Day

Achim Steiner, United Nations Under Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director message for World Environment Day

In 2016, our focus for World Environment Day is combatting the illegal trade in wildlife.

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Our Planet

Catching Crime

Fighting illegal fishing has led to a more sustainable industry, increasing food supplies and well-being.

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World Environment Day

UNEP statement on discovery of tiger cub bodies in Thailand

The discovery of 40 frozen tiger cubs in a freezer in a Buddhist temple in Thailand is a shock to many around the world...

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UNEA

It Takes a Village to Save an Elephant. It Takes a Community to Protect 500 of Them

Stopping the illegal trade in wildlife is at the center of discussions at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly...

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UNEA

Freeze coal fired power stations or humans will ‘run out of places to run to’

Stark warning from former president as world looks set to witness a spike in the number of people driven from their homes by environmental change

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UNEA

Planning can help prevent renewable energy surge from harming wildlife

Ramping up renewable energy generation to combat climate change could lead to the deaths of huge numbers of migrating birds and other wildlife unless governments ...

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UNEA

Quantifying environmental limits – a new approach

Are we beyond the limits of our planet? What are the main impacts of our consumption on the Earth systems? Which countries contribute the most to these impacts?

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UNEA

‘Poisoning our Children for Nothing’

Call for global ban on the use of lead in paint by 2020 to prevent enormous economic losses and safeguard the health of future generations

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UNEA Stories of Change

Looking into the Future

Will new tools that map greenhouse gas emissions give birth to the cities of the future?

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UNEA Stories of Change

Ban on lead paint urged as major groups meet ahead of UNEA

Minute of silence urged to honour the sacrifice of men and women fighting to improve the environment

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UNEA Stories of Change

Healthy Environment, Healthy People

Investing in environmental sustainability can serve as an insurance policy for health and human well-being

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UNEA Stories of Change

Country-level biodiversity planning in action

One of UNEP’s activities involves helping countries draw up official plans for implementing their international commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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International Biodiversity Day

Time to embed biodiversity into the 2030 Agenda

Ecosystems on which the health of animals, people and the planet depend, must be restored, safeguarded, and prized.

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International Biodiversity Day

Biodiversity - the foundation of life

We need to mainstream biodiversity to sustain people and their livelihoods

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United Nations Environment Assembly Science-Policy Forum

“Hubris is the enemy” – New Zealand’s top scientist urges closer cooperation...

As hundreds of scientists, policy-makers and representatives of civil society gathered at the United Nations Environment Assembly ...

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UNEA Stories of Change

Plastic and Microplastics in our Oceans – A Serious Environmental Threat

Marine litter causes economic adversity for coastal communities and negatively affects the health of both marine life and human beings...

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UNEA Stories of Change

Bond Markets Must Consider Environmental Risks

Finance and capital markets have so far mostly focused on climate change in terms of the predominant environmental risk and its effect on equities.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Why Governments Must Weigh Environmental Risks

Governments are increasingly coming to realize that climate change could have a significant material impact on their economy.

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UNEA Stories of Change

The Economic Invisibility of Agriculture

We need to change the way we do intensive food production, not only for our health but for the health of the planet.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Back to the Future: Rangeland Management in Jordan

Positive models of pastoral land management, including organized grazing and the restoration of indigenous plant cover, are being developed in Jordan.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Bracing for Food Shocks: The Economic Effects of Environmental Risk

Governments are increasingly coming to realize that climate change could have a significant impact on their economy.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Water Guidelines: Practical Help for Policymakers

Freshwater biodiversity is in serious decline in many parts of the world

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UNEA Stories of Change

Understanding the Long-Term Impacts of Natural Resource Extraction

Many mining companies want and need to know how to manage secondary impacts; all too frequently, they lack access to the information they need to do this effectively.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Oceans and seas integral to well-being

The marine environment is an essential component of the global life-support system

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UNEA Stories of Change

A Landscape Approach to Development

The world needs, and is ready for, a new paradigm for development – one that acknowledges the inherent interconnectedness of human and natural systems and the resources that underpin them.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Urgent Need for Sustainable Management of Coral Reefs

In the past few days we’ve had some shocking news on the global extent of coral bleaching.

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UNEA Stories of Change

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

23-27 May 2016 UNEP hosts the Parliament of Environment – The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

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UNEA Stories of Change

Trade: an engine for sustainable development, social inclusion, and poverty reduction

UNEP, through the launch of its Green Economy and Trade Opportunities – Synthesis Report, shows concrete examples of how developing countries can help grow their economies...

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UNEA Stories of Change

Latin America and Caribbean Could Go Zero Carbon by 2050

UNEP report draws a pathway for the region towards zero net greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century

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UNEA Stories of Change

Towards Sustainable Pastoralism

We need to safeguard the environmental benefits of pastoralism by incentivizing environmental stewardship

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UNEA Stories of Change

UNEP Launches Annual Report 2015, Highlighting Major Achievements in Support of Sustainable Future

Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website

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UNEA Stories of Change

Sweeping Away Climate Change in Nepal

One year on from devastating earthquake, residents rebuild livelihoods, use broom grass to combat landslides and effects of climate change

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Blogpost

The water level is getting higher, but that’s not the only risk people face

In the middle of South America, pinched between Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia, lies Paraguay. Many people could not identify Paraguay on a blank map, lying in the shadow of its larger neighbours.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef corals worst ever, scientists say

Mass bleaching of vital ‘underwater cities’ underscores urgency of protecting invaluable natural asset that “we can’t afford to lose”

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UNEA Stories of Change

Charging Batteries for Climate Action

It has been a momentous week for climate action. On Friday, 22 April 2106, a record number of countries signed the historic Paris Agreement

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UNEA Stories of Change

Paris Agreement Signing on Earth Day Brings New Hope for People, Planet

Sometimes we need a little reminder of what really matters. We get bogged down with our daily worries, the stresses of work and the struggles of modern life.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Shearing Wool in a Warming Climate

An ancient Incan tradition helps to protect Peru's water resources and a charismatic mammal

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UNEA Stories of Change

Education vital for healthy, productive ecosystems

One of UNEP’s goals within an integrated ecosystem management framework is to foster the capacity of professionals and develop human capacity across all social strata and genders.

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Report

China’s new opportunity: Water funds

By Daniel Shemie, Kari Vigerstol, Mu Quan, Wang Longzhu
The Nature Conservancy

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UNEA Stories of Change

Mozambique: Investing in Environment Pays off for the Poorest

Communities look to protect ecosystems for livelihoods, following a disease that devastated their coconut plantations.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Harnessing the Power of the Saharan Sun in Maghreb

From Casablanca to the Kasbah, North Africa's Maghreb region is fast becoming the world's leading clean energy hub. Famous for its holiday destinations, the sun-drenched region boasts one of the most ambitious solar projects in the world.

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Blogpost

How Clean Technologies Can Improve Health Worldwide

A guest post from Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman, and Pilot of Solar Impulse and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

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World Health Day

The Greatest Wealth is Health

Investing in a healthy environment can save millions of lives

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Sustainability

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 5 signs sustainability is the new engine for global economic growth

Sustainability is about 'sustainable growth', which means increasing prosperity while at the same time improving environmental and social performance

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Our Planet

Valuing the Invisible

A new initiative explores how today’s agro-ecological systems are suffering from a distorted economic and policy environment.

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Climate Action film screening

Ciné ONU on Climate Action

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC) will be screening a series short films

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UNEA Stories of Change

African Universities See Wealth in Waste

Interview with Professor David Mungai, Deputy Director of the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies and member of the First University Consortium to tackle Solid Waste Management.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Japan - Floating to a Clean Energy Future

A country struck by disaster harnesses the power of ocean winds to set sail for a brighter, greener future.

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Sugar sweetens the deal for renewable energy

Cogeneration of heat and power from sugarcane byproducts can help meet Africa's energy needs

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Green Economy

Greening Peru’s Economy

Integrating green growth into development policies can help countries promote the efficient and environmentally sound use of resources while boosting green jobs

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UNEA Stories of Change

South East Europe gears up for UN Environment Assembly

On 31st March, ministers and government representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina , Kosovo*, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia had a first opportunity to discuss the upcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) with the Director and Regional Representative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Mr Jan Dusik.

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Our Planet

Innovation: Tracking Progress

New metrics and measurements of economic performance and sustainability

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Renewable energy

South Africa opts for sun and wind as green energy investments surge in developing world

Latest UNEP report on green energy shows developing nations are investing more in renewable energy than developed countries

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UNEA Stories of Change

Sharing the Waste, Sharing the Wealth

Uruguay uses the law to catalyze the transition to an inclusive green economy

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Energy Efficiency Powers Latin America's Development

The region could save up to 10% in energy consumption by switching to cleaner technologies

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Tribute

UNEP Remembers Mostafa Tolba

28th March 2016, The world lost, this week, a true leader and visionary whose contribution to global environmental governance transformed global environmental diplomacy.

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Illegal trade in wildlife

UNEP Teams up with Xinhua to End Illegal Trade in Wildlife

President of Chinese state news agency adopts wounded baby elephant to highlight tragedy of illegal trade in wildlife

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A Blow for Coal, a Boom for Solar

India's Supreme Court Ruling puts the country on a green energy path

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Energy Transformation Is Jamaica's Key to Inclusive Green Economy, UNEP Says

Two new studies by Jamaican Government and UN Environment Programme highlight green development opportunities for five economic sectors: agriculture, tourism, construction, energy and water and sewerage.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Development of Water Trading in Australia

Economic mechanisms help communities adjust to extreme changes in water availability

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Interview

How exploiting the Earth can fuel violent conflict

At the end of May, the U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time ever in Nairobi, Kenya

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Blog Post

Europe’s refugee crisis: a taste of things to come?

In a small valley, high above the beach in northern Lesvos

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UNEA Stories of Change

Singapore's Remarkable Water 'Decoupling'

Singapore's 4.4 million people live within a city-state occupying only around 700 square kilomteres. Most of the freshwater used to be transported to the country from Johor in neighbouring Malaysia via three large pipelines stretching across the 2 kilometre causeway that separates the two states.

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World Water Day

The Secretary-General Message on World Water Day

Better water, better jobs: celebrating #worldwaterday

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New UNEP Office

The new offices will house UNEP’s Division of Technology

UNEP inaugurates new offices in Paris

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UNEA Stories of Change

Safeguarding People and Forests in the Congo Basin

REDD+ helps to protect Africa's largest forests while supporting the sustainable development of local communities

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Earth Hour

To put the world in order we must first cultivate our personal life and set our hearts right

Li Bingbing, Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme

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Climate for Change in Sudan

UNEP's projects help to halt the vicious cycle of climate change, resource scarcity and conflict

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Without Land Security Long-Term Peace in Afghanistan Will Remain Elusive, Research Says

One of the main stumbling blocks to reversing Afghanistan's slide into environmental tragedy stems from the failure to look at the links between land and people.

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Floating gardens help lift Bangladeshis out of poverty and stave off worst impacts of climate change

UNEP-UNDP partnership builds resilience to climate change in one of the world's most vulnerable countries.

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Blogpost

Mercury Rising

Mercury accumulates high up the food chain in animals that humans consume. What is being done to safeguard our health?

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Big Data

Big data means real sustainability

Big data can influence how corporates view sustainability.

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Fifth Anniversary of Fukushima

Legacy of waste from Great East Japan Earthquake underscores need for urgent action on marine litter

As world marks fifth anniversary of Fukushima disaster, litter washed into Pacific Ocean by tsunami is a symbol of the devastation caused by marine waste.

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International Women's Day

Environmentally friendly stoves reduce risk of sexual assault

Improving the environment can dramatically boost the quality of life, security and social standing of women across the world.

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day: Hacked Afghan stoves boost women’s health and prevent flooding

Nestled between the rugged mountains of the Hindu Kush and the black massif of the Koh-e-Baba, the Afghan province of Bamyan can be an inhospitable place to live.

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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Everything is connected: How sustainable development can change the world

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years—no offence intended to the couple who have done just that for the last three decades—you will have encountered the term “sustainable development”.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Boosting Women's Access to Natural Resources Critical for Africa's Development

On Africa Environment Day-Wangari Maathai Day, countries discuss ways to close the gender gap in natural resource management.

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Illegal trade in wildlife

"When we damage the planet we damage ourselves"

As I listen here today to the staggering challenges facing so many of our most beloved species, and lesser known animals like the Pangolin-- the most illegally traded mammal on the planet which may be gone before most of us have ever even heard its name uttered.

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Illegal trade in wildlife

On 3 March the world celebrates the UN World Wildlife Day under the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands”

Here is how Malcolm Abbott, an 18 year old up-and-coming rapper from New York City is helping to raise awareness to end illicit wildlife trafficking.

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UNEA Stories of Change

Strengthened Integration Needed for Effective Action on Air Pollution, Sustainable Consumption, Green Economy

Gearing up for the 2nd UN Environment Assembly, countries define an integrated approach to implementing environmental dimension of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Freshwater Crisis Averted by Joint UN-Maldives Effort

Thoddoo Island, Maldives, 25 February 2016 - A new Integrated Water Supply System inaugurated Wednesday by the President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, will harness rainwater harvesting and seawater desalination to protect Thoddoo Island's precious freshwater resources from overexploitation.

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Health and Environment

From Asthma to Zika

Skin cancer. Lung cancer. Asthma. Lead poisoning. Mercury poisoning. Malaria. Ebola. Zika. The list of health conditions that can be linked to environmental pollution and degradation is long and growing.

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Wildlife Conservation

Putting a national park to work

On the front lines of conservation, nature can be harnessed for peace or exploited for conflict.

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