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Countries commit to strengthen resources for the conservation of rapidly declining migratory waterbirds

The decisions were made just days after the release of a major new report warning that half of the world’s bird species are in decline and one in eight threatened with extinction

The Eighth Meeting of the Parties (MOP8) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) held under the theme “Strengthening Flyway Conservation in a Changing World” concluded today in Budapest, Hungary with the adoption of 16 resolutions and new guidelines aiming to improve the conservation status of 255 migratory waterbirds listed…

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In Africa, cities strive to make roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians

Many of the municipal efforts to improve road safety are outlined in a new report by UNEP, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Walk21 Foundation

Nairobi resident Cyprine Odada was so tired of gridlock that in 2015 she decided to try cycling to work. Her first two-wheeled commute through the Kenyan capital was an eye-opener. “It was very scary, and most motor-vehicle users weren’t friendly,” said Odada, a city planner. “There were many who thought…

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) unveil online Green Events Tool

The GET’s online portal was unveiled in a virtual ceremony held on 14 September 2022, marked by the presence of representatives from GORD, the UNFCCC secretariat, and UNEP

Events, irrespective of their size, are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sustainability impacts. With an aim to facilitate eco-friendly events and designed to evaluate events’ sustainability performance, the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and…

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African Environment Ministers vow to end plastic pollution, eliminate open dumping and burning of waste, address antimicrobial resistance

The conference took place from 12 to 16 September 2022 in Dakar, Senegal

The resumed 18th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) closed with environment ministers from 54 African countries adopting a series of decisions and key messages to tackle climate change, the loss of nature, pollution and waste, including the elimination of open dumping and burning of waste. The conference…

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) platform updated to provide real-time data on age groups most exposed to poor air quality

The update reveals the dynamic nature of air pollution, while at the same time drawing attention to which national population age groups are most affected by air pollution throughout the day

Responding to the recent UN resolution on the right to a healthy environment, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with Swiss technology company IQAir, has made significant updates to the world’s largest air quality data platform.  The big data platform, first launched in February 2020, now identifies which age groups are…

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) names Jason Momoa official Advocate for Life Below Water

The Aquaman actor, who has worked with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and rePurpose Global, described how humbled he felt to be entrusted with the responsibility to promote ocean health

Movie star and ocean activist Jason Momoa was designated the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Advocate for Life Below Water today at a major conference mobilizing global support for an ocean besieged by the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and rampant pollution.  The UN Ocean Conference, co-hosted by…

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In Kenya, Textiles get a Second Life

The textile sector accounts for up to 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions

Every year, $460 billion worth of clothes that can still be worn are discarded. Not only is that a waste of material, experts say it’s also needlessly contributing to the climate crisis. The textile sector accounts for up to 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. To help extend…

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Expectations ramp up ahead of Stockholm+50 International Meeting

Stockholm+50 is a critical milestone towards renewed multilateralism and strengthened global solidarity

UN Member States and other stakeholders convening on Monday, 28 March 2022, at UN HQ in New York ahead of June’s international meeting Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all - our responsibility, our opportunity. The preparatory meeting concluded with a series of suggestions for leadership dialogues, expected to mobilize the global community…

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As Forests Fall, Zambians Race to Find Alternatives to Logging

With few jobs, communities depend on the forest for food, fuel and income

Located in Zambia’s North-Western Province, the greater Kafue National Park and West Lunga ecosystem complex was once home to an abundance of ancient rosewood trees and a host of other endemic and endangered species. Now, aerial views reveal slabs of fallen trees peppering black holes in the green forest canopy.…

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Groundwater Quality: Measuring the Invisible

World Water Day on 22 March is highlighting the hidden resource that stores 98 per cent of the world’s liquid freshwater – groundwater

Cape Town, South Africa, is highly reliant on groundwater for its rapidly growing population. But one of the main sources under the city, long in the spotlight for its dwindling water supplies, is at serious risk of being polluted. Run-off from small-scale farms, landfills, cemeteries, factories and informal settlements risks…