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LIVE: UN Climate Change Roundtable - a 'just transition' through climate action is key says Guterres
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:08:42 -0400
Live coverage of the High-Level UN Climate Change Roundtable, featuring UN chief António Guterres, designed to rally momentum for more ambitious action to limit global warming and ensure sustainable post-pandemic recovery plans.    Highlights UN chief warns that 'the world has a fever and is burning up'  Watch the roundtable live on UN Web TV UK and UN to co-host December climate event.   
UN chief and UK premier announce December climate summit
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:23:45 -0400
With the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted plans to hold the annual international UN climate meeting - known as the COP - this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have announced that they will instead co-host a “landmark global event” on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the post-pandemic planet
Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:05:05 -0400
An emphasis on sustainable development and fighting climate change will benefit countries around the world as they recover from the unprecedented economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).
Reversing land degradation can ‘pre-empt and manage’ conflicts
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:22:00 -0400
To help prevent conflicts and at the same time protect the planet, “we all must tackle environmental degradation”, a top UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.
Ozone treaties ‘inspiring examples’ of political will, UN chief says on International Day
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 03:55:19 -0400
The United Nations commemorated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Wednesday, recognizing the success of landmark global agreements in helping restore the protective layer around Earth. 
Climate change: Record northern heat, fuels concerns over US wildfire destruction
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:45:57 -0400
The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday, amid searing conditions that have contributed to devastating wildfires on the west coast of the United States.
UN report highlights links between ‘unprecedented biodiversity loss’ and spread of disease
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:35:05 -0400
The continued degradation of the environment is increasing the likelihood of diseases spreading from animals to humans, warns a UN report on biodiversity, released on Tuesday.
A youthful 75: New generation carries the torch for UN values
Sat, 12 Sep 2020 00:05:06 -0400
75 years on from the founding of the UN, young people are being enlisted to share their visions of a better planet, and help decide the next chapter of the Organization. 
Science, solidarity and solutions needed against climate change: Guterres 
Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:09:28 -0400
Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are at record levels, and emissions that saw a temporary decline due to the pandemic are heading towards pre-COVID levels, while global temperatures continue to hit new highs, according to a major new UN report.
Women are key to response and recovery out of the COVID era: Deputy UN chief
Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:27:54 -0400
Young women are fighting interconnected battles for “environmental, economic and racial justice”, the deputy UN chief said in a discussion on Thursday.
Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20
Thu, 03 Sep 2020 08:43:31 -0400
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic. 
From farm to fork: How food systems can power climate action
Tue, 01 Sep 2020 07:17:12 -0400
Taking specific steps to transform national food supply systems can help countries achieve climate goals and limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, a new joint UN report on climate action has found. 
Hurricane Laura: Most dangerous hurricane to hit the US this season
Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:19:10 -0400
Hurricane Laura is by far the most intense and dangerous hurricane to hit the United States this season, the UN weather agency said on Friday, the day after it made landfall on the US Gulf Coast.  
India urged to lead global push for clean energy, climate action
Fri, 28 Aug 2020 02:00:05 -0400
India has a crucial role to play in promoting clean energy and climate action as the world looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday. 
Death Valley temperature likely highest since 1931: UN weather agency
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 09:37:55 -0400
“All indications” suggest that the extreme temperature reading of 54.4 degrees Celsius recorded in California’s Death Valley on Sunday, is legitimate, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.
FROM THE FIELD: Protection among the mangroves
Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:19:17 -0400
The rehabilitation and replanting of mangrove forests in Cuba’s coastal regions is helping to protect the lives of people living on the Caribbean island, and reduce the effects of climate change, thanks to a UN Development Programme project. 
UN praises resilience and vision of younger generation, marking International Youth Day  
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:38:50 -0400
Commemorating International Youth Day, top UN officials have called on leaders around the world to “do everything possible” to enable young people to reach their fullest potential.
Building a green economy, brick by brick
Sat, 08 Aug 2020 00:25:05 -0400
In Uruguay, thousands of families earn a precarious livelihood making bricks, using traditional methods that are often inefficient and harmful to the environment. A UN project, in collaboration with the Uruguayan government, aims to make the industry less polluting, whilst preserving jobs for the many artisans who depend on it. 
First Person: Turning ‘apathetic people into climate activists’; a young person’s view
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:41:23 -0400
An 18-year-old environmental campaigner from the United States has told UN News how she wants to “turn apathetic people into climate activists”. Sophia Kianni, whose family originally comes from Iran, is one of seven young people from across the world who have been selected to participate in the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. The group which was launched at the end of the July aims to engage young people in “an open and transparent dialogue” about climate issues.
Five things you should know about disposable masks and plastic pollution
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:15:05 -0400
The fight against plastic pollution is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment soars, but UN agencies and partners insist that, if effective measures are put into place, the amount of plastics discarded every year can be significantly cut, or even eliminated.