UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

As the Turkish President signed a decree on Friday converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said that it «deeply regrets the decision» made «without prior discussion», having earlier in the day called on the State to abide by its “legal commitments and obligations” in accordance with it’s status as a museum, on the World Heritage List.

Increasing Resilience Through Natural Solutions

As countries around the world seek to adapt and build resilience to the impacts of a changing climate – a key pillar of the Paris Climate Change Agreement – an adaptation strategy rooted in protecting and restoring natural ecosystems is gaining traction. Known as ecosystem-based adaptation, (EbA), it protects vulnerable communities from extreme weather while simultaneously providing a variety of ecological benefits crucial for human well-being, such as clean water and food.

Supporting Green Recovery Through Deployment of Climate Technologies

As countries begin to reopen their economies, technology experts meeting in the context of the June Momentum for Climate Changestressed that to make green recovery a reality, the immediate post-COVID-19 period of the next 6 to 9 months needs to focus on climate policies and climate-friendly technologies that have been tried and tested and are ready to be rolled out.

Human Rights Council calls on top UN rights official to take action on racist violence

The UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet, is to spearhead efforts to address systemic racism against people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, the Human Rights Council decided on Friday. The resolution – decided unanimously without a vote – follows a rare Urgent Debate in the Council earlier in the week, requested by the African group of nations, following the death of George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota.

Finance and Investments for a Green Recovery

Over 400 viewers tuned in to the special virtual event on “Finance and Investments for a Sustainable Recovery” as part of the opening day of the June Momentum for Climate Change on 1 June 2020. Moderated by Mr. Amar Bhattacharya, Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution, the event offered an opportunity to highlight actions government, public and private financial institutions can take to integrate climate considerations in response to the current health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

June Momentum for Climate Change Gets Underway

June Momentum for Climate Change, a series of virtual events, kicked off today, designed to take crucial work on climate action forward despite the COVID-19 crisis. The events, which run till 10 June, are being conducted under the guidance of the Chairs of the UNFCCC’s subsidiary bodies SBSTA and SBI with the support of the UNFCCC secretariat. A key focus of the opening event was on making recovery packages as sustainable as possible to respond to the climate crisis.

First Person: The struggle to protect human rights in East Africa during the pandemic

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in East Africa, the UN Human Rights regional office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been contributing to the COVID-19 response of UN country teams in the region, by ensuring that human rights protection for vulnerable people is included in their plans. The head of the office, Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor, shared some of the challenges she and her colleagues are facing.

Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis.

COVID-19 pandemic ‘quickly becoming a child rights crisis’: Daily death rate could spike by 6,000 for under-fives

As the coronavirus outbreak enters its fifth month, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that the health crisis is “quickly becoming a child rights crisis”, requesting $1.6 billion to support its humanitarian response for children impacted by the pandemic. And without urgent action, a further 6,000 under-fives could die each day.

First Virtual Meeting of CDM Executive Board

Work in support of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) – set up to drive investment to climate-friendly projects – continues despite challenges poised by COVID-19, with the CDM Executive Board set to meet virtually for the first time, from five continents, on 11-13 and 27-29 May 2020. Given the nature of the CDM Board meetings this is a big challenge not only for the secretariat to organize the virtual meeting but also for the Board members in different time zones spread over 14 hours.

Soap for refugee shelters; a matter of life and death as pandemic continues

Handwashing with soap and water has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an extremely important way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but, in many countries, even basic facilities are hard to come by. On Hand Hygiene Day, marked on Tuesday, we look in-depth at the work that one US-based NGO is doing, providing soap in shelters supported by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), in Mexico.

Sueños de un oaxaqueño (Rodolfo Morales)

No logré disimular cierta desavenencia sobre lo pronunciado por el profesor de etnología durante su cátedra en el Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle. El propósito era claro, persuadir a los estudiantes de defender ciegamente la aspiración suprema del investigador: su objetividad. Incluso si el precio de tal hazaña los redujese a la condición de entes ajenos a las situaciones presenciadas en el campo de la acción.

Support Grows for a «Better Recovery» from COVID-19

As governments respond to the economic fallout from COVID-19, there is a growing chorus of demands to “recover better”, ensuring that the trillions of dollars spent by governments on recovery packages are used to invest in a low-carbon and resilient economy. And there are some encouraging signals that leading governments and businesses are prepared to invest in sustainable plans.

Millions of missing airmiles: How the UN civil aviation agency is helping airlines take off again

In normal times, the world’s airlines would be carrying nearly 2 billion international passengers this year. That’s 5.7 million a day. But with the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the planet, these are not normal times. In its latest analysis of the economic impact of novel coronavirus on global commercial aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) warns of a potential overall reduction of 872 million to just over 1.3 billion international passengers – if signs of recovery emerge in late May.

Parallel threats of COVID-19, climate change, require ‘brave, visionary and collaborative leadership’: UN chief

To combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the “looming existential threat of climate disruption”, the only credible response is “brave, visionary and collaborative leadership” anchored in mutilateralism, the UN Secretary General António Guterres, said on Tuesday, during an international discussion focused on climate change.

Petersberg Climate Dialogue: Green Recovery will lead to a more resilient future

The 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue concluded with a commitment to a green recovery built on solidarity. At the invitation of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma, around 30 climate ministers from all over the globe participated in the Climate Dialogue via video conference. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General António Guterres also took part in the meeting.

La 4ª Revolución Industrial en tiempos del COVID

Klaus Schawb, fundador del World Economic Forum, cuya sede está en Ginebra, Suiza, indica que “la Primera Revolución Industrial utilizó el poder del vapor para mecanizar la producción. La Segunda usó la potencia eléctrica para hacer posible la producción en masa. La Tercera Revolución por su parte se valió de la electrónica y la tecnología de la información (TI) para automatizar dicha producción. Ahora, una Cuarta Revolución Industrial está surgiendo, caracterizada por una fusión de la tecnología que cruza los límites digitales, físicos y biológicos.”

COVID-19 highlights nurses’ vulnerability as backbone to health services worldwide

Nurses are on the frontline fighting COVID-19 but “an alarming failure” in the global supply of protective clothing and new coronavirus tests – together with “unprecedented” overwork linked to global staff shortages – have highlighted how vulnerable they are, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The development coincides with an impassioned personal message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the world’s medical professionals for World Health Day, marked on Tuesday 7 April.

First Person: Humankind’s ‘modern mentality to tame’ the environment: A volcanologist’s view

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it’s anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living or studying aspects of the goals in their everyday work.

‘Count every drop, every drop counts’: UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological Day

Floods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water. On this year’s World Meteorological Day, the UN weather agency (WMO) is reinforcing the message of World Water Day, by focusing on the links between climate and water, and calling for better water-related data.

FIRST PERSON: The ‘inseparable bond’ between Hawaiian culture and native plants

The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it’s anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living aspects of the goals in their everyday work.

UN agriculture agency staff continue to strive for a better world amid Italy COVID-19 lockdown

Italy has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, with nearly 28,000 confirmed cases of the disease and 2,503 deaths, according to latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO). While a national quarantine has the country in lockdown, it has not halted the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), based in the capital, Rome.

2020 Is a Pivotal Year for Climate – UN Chief and COP26 President

In a briefing last Friday to Member States about the UN Climate Change Conference COP26, taking place in Glasgow in November, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called 2020 “a pivotal year for how we address climate change”, adding that success in Glasgow depends on countries, the private sector and civil society demonstrating that they are taking significant steps to raise ambition on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience to climate and financing both.

COP26 Private Finance Agenda Launched

The Bank of England has launched a «COP26 Private Finance Agenda» to help private finance support the global economy transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The objective is that every professional financial decision will need to take climate change into account. The right framework for reporting, risk management and returns will embed these considerations and help finance a whole economy transition. To achieve net zero, every company, bank, insurer and investor will need to adjust their business models for a low carbon world.

A UN-backed boost for women-run businesses in the developing world

Many women running small businesses in emerging markets have to juggle their business objectives with family obligations and personal savings goals. By supporting Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)’s Women’s Livelihood Bond Series (WLB Series), a women-focused bond providing loans to microfinance institutions and impact enterprises, the UN is helping women entrepreneurs facing similar challenges, to succeed in their professional and private lives.

We need to give voice to ‘We the Peoples’, says UN chief

For an Organization that is seen as all too ready to give advice, the United Nations welcomed a major role reversal on Tuesday: young people from all over the world were gathered in Switzerland to voice their concerns, outline their vision for a better future, and give Secretary-General António Guterres their advice on steering the world body through todays’ turbulent waters.

New Pakistan-India crossing is a ‘Corridor of Hope’, UN chief says, wraps up visit with call for interfaith dialogue

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said he had been moved by the show of religious unity he had witnessed in Pakistan after paying visits to a mosque, a Sikh temple and Kartarpur Corridor, the visa-free crossing which alls Sikhs to travel between nearby holy sites on each side of the India-Pakistan border.

Amid global ‘learning crisis’, Parliaments can ensure adequate resources for education, says UN Assembly President

Education is the “great equalizer” and Parliaments have a major role to play in scaling up action to ensure that adequate financial resources are allocated to education, girls’ education and technical and vocational training throughout in national budgetary processes, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Monday.

Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures Crosses 1.000 Supporter Mark

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has announced that it has officially reached more than 1,000 supporters globally for its recommendations, signifying a major shift among market participants in acknowledging that climate change presents a financial risk. Together, the private sector organizations that are supporters have a market capitalization of nearly $12 trillion.

Central African Republic: One year after peace deal, a ‘long, steep’ road ahead to ensure child rights protections

A year since the signing of a peace deal between the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and 14 armed groups, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Thursday that millions of children across the country remain threatened by violence and a lack of access to food, health care and other basic needs.

2020: the year for action, to ‘rise up’ and safeguard ocean life

With the ocean in deep crisis, members of civil society and philanthropic organisations are urging governments and corporations to take bold action to safeguard the ocean. After a two-day preparatory meeting in New York ahead of June’s UN Ocean Conference in Portugal, activists handed over what they termed “A Blue Call to Action” to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, on Wednesday.

Call for Contributions to Two Key Climate Finance Reports

The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has opened calls for contributions and case studies in order to prepare two key technical reports related to climate finance. The findings of the reports will be considered at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November. At COP26, governments will deliberate on the joint goal of mobilizing USD 100 billion per year of climate finance by 2020 and initiate discussions on setting a new climate finance goal for the post-2025 period.

Climate action ‘both a priority and a driver of the decade’: Guterres

Climate action will be both a priority and a driver of world affairs through the coming decade, United Nations Secretary-General chief António Guterres announced on Monday, during a speech at UN Headquarters in New York, in which he declared that the next ten years will be “crucial for achieving a fair globalization, boosting economic growth and building peaceful societies”.

Most High-Emitting Industries not Aligning with Paris Goals

New research by the Transition Pathway Initiative finds that 29% of the largest publicly-listed industrial companies are set to align their emissions with the Paris Pledges by 2030, up from 24% in mid-2018. These companies are aligned with the emission reduction pledges made by national governments in the Paris Agreement. However, those pledges are not anticipated to keep global warming below dangerous levels, and the report finds that fewer than one in five companies (19%) are aligned with a pathway to keep global warming at 2°C or below.

India: Climate emergency message resonates at world’s largest literature festival – UN News special report from Jaipur

Against the backdrop of India’s famed “pink city” of Jaipur, the world’s largest literature festival hosted the UN’s top representative in the country on Monday, who told audience members attending a special session on the climate emergency, that the Organization is working flat out to slow the pace of damaging climate change.

Ovais Sarmad Sets Out Expectations for 2020, Highlights Business Climate Action

Speaking at the Aviation Sustainability Summit in Brussels, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Ovais Sarmad set out his expectations for international climate action in 2020. He said: «2020 is the year when countries need to up their ambition, expressed in enhanced nationally determined contributions. They must. The world faces a climate emergency and strong political decisions must be taken immediately.»

WMO confirms 2019 as second hottest year on record

The year 2019 was the second warmest year on record after 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s consolidated analysis of leading international datasets.

Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods were the highest on record. Since the 1980s each decade has been warmer than the previous one. This trend is expected to continue because of record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Financing the green transition: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism

The European Union is committed to becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. This requires significant investment from both the EU and the national public sector, as well as the private sector. The European Green Deal’s Investment Plan – the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan – presented today will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Double the Share of Renewables in the ‘Decade of Action’ to Achieve Energy Transition Objectives

The share of renewables in global power should more than double by 2030 to advance the global energy transformation, achieve sustainable development goals and a pathway to climate safety, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable electricity should supply 57 per cent of global power by the end of the decade, up from 26 per cent today.

CTCN Publication Explores Role of Technology Transfer in Raising Climate Ambition

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), have published a report titled, ‘Climate Change Strategies 2020,’ which features diverse case studies and knowledge-sharing initiatives that illustrate the role of technology transfer in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Finance and Innovation Critical to Achieving Climate Goal

As the impacts of climate change continue to be felt around the globe, there is an urgent need for effective large-scale action. Combatting the climate crisis will require both upscaled investment in climate technologies and the use of emerging digital technologies. These will be the focus of two events organized by UN Climate Change at this year’s Conference, COP25, in Madrid.

Climate Ambition Alliance: Nations Renew their Push to Upscale Action by 2020 and Achieve Net Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050

Madrid, 11 December 2019 – In Madrid today, the President COP25, Minister Carolina Schmidt, presented a renewed alliance of countries and Non-State Actors who determined to follow the recommendations of science as regards climate change. Chile has led this alliance after a request of the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, in the context of the 2019 Climate Summit.

Transparency at the Forefront of the Climate Talks in Madrid

UN Climate Change News, 2 December 2019 – On the 7 and 9 December, 10 developed countries will present their actions to meet their 2020 climate targets through a multilateral assessment process. Governments were able to submit their questions for the Multilateral Assessment 3 months before the event. The 10 developed countries have received in total 102 questions from 11 countries. All questions and answers can now be found on the countries’ pages in our Multilateral assessment page.

Greenhouse Gas Concentrations in Atmosphere Reach Yet Another High

Geneva, 25 November 2019 – Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO.) This continuing long-term trend means that future generations will be confronted with increasingly severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more extreme weather, water stress, sea level rise and disruption to marine and land ecosystems.

How Developing Countries Are Scaling up Climate Technology Action

UN Climate Change News, 19 November 2019 – A key factor in tackling the climate crisis involves the widespread development and use of climate technologies, with technical and financial support for developing countries. The UN Climate Change secretariat, together with the UNEP DTU Partnership, has just released a new brochure containing success stories covering concrete examples of the latest climate technology action on the ground in different regions, countries and sectors.

SBSTA Chair Calls for Rapid Implementation and Climate Ambition at COP25

The UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) is preparing for its 51st session (SBSTA51) in Madrid from 2 to 9 December, during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25). The Chair of SBSTA, Paul Watkinson (France) has published a reflections note with important information to help Parties prepare the upcoming session, outlining approaches to organise work so as to deliver strong results on all issues on its agenda in Madrid.

Se publica el programa para el segundo centro para el fomento de capacidades

Este año, el fomento de capacidades será el centro de atención en la COP25. La necesidad de desarrollar la capacidad de los países para mitigar y adaptarse al cambio climático y, al mismo tiempo, elevar la ambición climática, ha sido destacada desde hace mucho tiempo por los gobiernos de todo el mundo. «No puede haber una ambición climática colectiva – la verdadera participación de todos los países – a menos que primero creemos capacidad», dijo la Secretaria Ejecutiva de ONU Cambio Climático, Patricia Espinosa.

New report offers details on how to maximize efforts to achieve both climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals

With the global challenge of climate action threatening progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new report from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) offers ways to better serve both the world’s efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the SDGs to ensure better lives for all people.

“En el último trago nos vamos” (Una propuesta patrimonial)

Las estrechas calles anunciaban recuerdos de pasos ahora lejanos. El regreso, es preciso señalar, cuando es así de inesperado, resulta más sorpresivo para el que vuelve que para los que se quedaron. Y es que la mente trashumante juguetea con el tiempo, lo hacemos a nuestro gusto. Cuando uno se va, deseamos que el lugar del que nos despedimos quede intacto para que al volver la vida sea más fácil, o en su caso, menos difícil.

Los pequeños Estados insulares pagan el precio más alto de la acción insuficiente contra el cambio climático

Un solo desastre natural puede detener el desarrollo durante una generación en los pequeños Estados insulares, la emergencia climática amenaza su supervivencia pese a que no contribuyen al calentamiento global. “Pero el clima acumula injusticia sobre injusticia”, dijo el Secretario General, llamando a la comunidad internacional a invertir y ayudar a esos países.

Horrorizado por la destrucción del Dorian, Guterres dice que hay que detener el cambio climático

El titular de la ONU, de visita en las Bahamas, ha asegurado que no ha visto un nivel de destrucción como el causado por el huracán Dorian en el país caribeño y señala lo injusto que es el hecho de que los pueblos de las naciones que no han contribuido al cambio global estén en la primera línea de frente de sus consecuencias.

Capacity-building Is Key to Boost Regional Climate Action

In two different interactive workshops that took place during the Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Weeks, regional and national experts, university institutions and key stakeholders involved in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate worked together to share ideas and experiences and to find concrete ways on how to boost climate action in both regions.

Reducir la pobreza depende de acabar con la desigualdad y proteger la naturaleza

Lograr los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible en 2030 aún es posible, pero exige un cambio urgente en la relación entre los seres humanos y la naturaleza, abordar el cambio climático, proteger la biodiversidad y reducir la desigualdad tanto social como de género, según un grupo de científicos que propone veinte medidas para esa transformación.

En Salt Lake City, la ONU y la sociedad civil discuten soluciones sostenibles a los desafíos de la vida urbana.

«Las ciudades bien planificadas y bien administradas pueden llevarnos a un crecimiento inclusivo y servir como modelos de armonía entre diversas personas», dijo el lunes el secretario general de la ONU, António Guterres, en un mensaje de video a los delegados del 68 Conferencia de la ONU para la sociedad civil en Salt Lake City, oeste de Estados Unidos.

Latin American & Caribbean Climate Week Calls for Urgent, Ambitious Action

Around 4,000 people from all over the region and many other countries participated in the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW 2019) that closed today with calls for more ambition and stronger collaboration among all levels of government, the private sector and civil society to implement the national climate plans (known as Nationally Determined Contribution, or «NDCs») and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Líderes de América Latina y el Caribe se reunirán en Salvador para impulsar la acción climática

Noticias sobre el cambio climático de las Naciones Unidas, 14 de agosto de 2019 : se esperan más de 3.000 participantes en la Semana del Clima de América Latina y el Caribe que tendrá lugar en Salvador de Bahía, Brasil, del 19 al 23 de agosto de 2019, incluidos ministros de gobierno y representantes de alto nivel de organismos multilaterales y organizaciones no gubernamentales.

Multisectoral policy recommendations to address climate change

Governments’ efforts to curtain carbon emissions so far have not been enough to address the colossal challenge that climate change represents. According to the Financing Climate Futures Report (a joint effort between the OECD, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank Group),governments must plan for long-term climate objectives and thus, it sets several policy recommendations for governments to act, recommendations that I mean to explore and expand in this article. My rhetoric is based on the belief that the best way to stay below 2°C rise in temperature is to delay most emissions reductions for decades to come while keeping in mind two things: 1) the most consequential climate decisions will happen in developing nations; and 2) that emissions must decouple from economic growth everywhere across different sectors.

A los 21 años, Jerónimo ya tiene la clave para reemplazar los vasos de plásticos descartables

Un joven científico argentino ha encontrado un remedio para reducir la acumulación de tanto plástico en nuestro planeta: vasos biodegradables, hechos de algas. Su preocupación medioambiental empezó a los 12 años. En vísperas del Día de la Juventud, Jerónimo Batatista Bucher ha concedido una entrevista a Noticias ONU y nos ha dejado un ejemplo de cómo se puede trabajar a cualquier edad para conseguir los objetivos fijados en la Agenda 2030 de desarrollo sostenible.

«Estamos enfrentando una crisis de aprendizaje», advierte Guterres en el Día Internacional de la Juventud

Aún se requieren transformaciones significativas para que los sistemas educativos sean más inclusivos y accesibles : solo el 10% de las personas ha completado la educación secundaria superior en países de bajos ingresos; el 40% de la población mundial no recibe educación en un idioma que hablen o entiendan completamente; y más del 75% de los refugiados en edad escolar secundaria están fuera del sistema.

El cambio climático pondrá en riesgo el agua y la comida del planeta

Alimentos más caros, menos nutritivos y disrupciones en la cadena de distribución afectarán a todo el planeta y dramáticamente a los países más pobres, si no se toma acción para detener la degradación de la tierra y mantener el calentamiento global por debajo de los 2°C. Incluso con un aumento de 1,5°C, hay grandes riesgos de escasez de agua, incendios, degradación del permafrost y de inestabilidad en el sistema alimentario.

IPCC: La tierra es un recurso decisivo para la solución al cambio climático

En el informe citado del IPCC se pone de manifiesto que, si bien una mejor gestión de la tierra puede contribuir a hacer frente al cambio climático, no es la única solución. Si se quiere mantener el calentamiento global muy por debajo de 2 °C, o incluso en 1,5 °C, la reducción de las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero de todos los sectores es fundamental.

Etiopía plantó más de 350 millones de árboles jóvenes en un nuevo récord mundial

El PNUMA dijo hoy que los países africanos en Etiopía han lanzado actividades de plantación de árboles a gran escala esta semana para abordar el impacto de la deforestación y el cambio climático. Según las estadísticas del gobierno, se plantaron más de 350 millones de plántulas en más de 1,000 ubicaciones en todo el país en 12 horas, rompiendo el récord mundial Guinness de 50 millones de árboles por día creado por India en 2016.

Julio iguala, y quizá supera, el mes más cálido jamás registrado

Según nuevos datos de la Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM) y del servicio de Copernicus relativo al cambio climático, julio de 2019 iguala a julio de 2016 como mes más cálido del que se tienen datos, e incluso puede que lo acabe superando y se convierta en el mes más caluroso jamás observado. Este nuevo récord se produce justo después de registrarse el mes de junio más cálido del que se tiene constancia.

Conciencia ecológica en lengua guna

Los guna son un pueblo originario de la selva continental, que llegó a la costa huyendo de la malaria y la fiebre amarilla para encontrar su nuevo hogar hace más de 120 años en el noreste de Panamá, en la comarca hoy llamada Guna Yala en reconocimiento de la identidad de sus habitantes, quienes mantienen vivo su idioma. Diwigdi Valiente, un joven guna se ha convertido en una figura central de la conciencia guna sobre el cambio climático.

Mundo ‘fuera de camino’ para cumplir con la mayoría de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible sobre el hambre, la seguridad alimentaria y la nutrición

Las partes clave de la agenda de las Metas Globales vinculadas al logro del hambre cero están «fuera de camino», dijo el jueves la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO), en un llamado a una inversión pública mucho mayor en la agricultura.

La inclusión, el empoderamiento y la igualdad deben estar ‘en el centro de nuestros esfuerzos’ para garantizar el desarrollo sostenible, dice el jefe de la ONU

La gente del mundo está exigiendo «un cambio transformador que sea justo y sostenible», dijo el martes el Secretario General, António Guterres , pidiendo a los líderes gubernamentales que utilicen la próxima lista de reuniones clave de las Naciones Unidas en septiembre para «iniciar una década de entrega y acción para La gente y el planeta «.

La acción contra el cambio climático y el desarrollo sostenible son inseparables

El calentamiento actual del planeta impacta negativamente los ecosistemas, la salud humana y la economía de los países, haciendo más difícil la erradicación del hambre y la pobreza. El mundo precisa esforzarse colectivamente para limitar el alza de las temperaturas a 1, 5º C para alcanzar los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, advierte el presidente del Grupo Intergubernamental de Expertos sobre Cambio Climático.

Developing countries should not be liable for emissions ‘accumulated throughout history’, key UN development forum hears

Citing climate change as being caused by “emissions accumulated throughout history”, the head of China’s Xiamen Airlines told the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York on Friday that heavy carbon dioxide emitters should “take on greater responsibility” to ameliorate the problem.

Friday’s Daily Brief: UN chief meets cyclone survivors in Mozambique, Human Rights Council investigates Philippines state violence, UN weather agency tracks Arctic fires

In today’s Daily Brief: UN chief António Guterres condemns airstrikes on Syrian hospitals and meets survivors of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique; the UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate the “war on drugs” in the Philippines; and UN weather agency tracks fires…in the Arctic.

Universidades de todas las regiones del mundo declaran la emergencia climática

Ante la grave amenaza que supone el calentamiento global y ante el sentimiento de muchos jóvenes de todo el mundo de que las escuelas y universidades han reaccionado de forma muy lenta ante la crisis que ahora sufrimos, miles de universidades se han unido y se han comprometido a convertirse en carbono neutrales en 2030. ONU Medio Ambiente da la bienvenida a esta decisión.

‘Brutal weather’ continues as Rohingya refugee children endure devastating rainfall in Bangladesh

Heavy flooding and landslides in the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, has left thousands of children and families in an increasingly dire situation with critical infrastructure damaged or destroyed, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, while scaling up relief efforts to those vulnerable children.