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United Nations Environment Programme Feed
UN highlights risk reduction, mitigation to combat El Niño’s impact in Central America’s Dry Corridor
The international community must take urgent action to help build resilience, food security, and restore livelihoods in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which are impacted by drought and other extreme-weather effects of the El Niño phenomenon, senior United Nations officials today said.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:38:07 EST
UN agencies to meet on El Niño’s ‘devastating impact’ in Central America’s Dry Corridor
With the El Niño climate event devastating Central America’s so-called Dry Corridor, where one of the worst droughts in decades has left 3.5 million people food insecure, United Nations agencies will gather this week to discuss ways to improve the long-term response to the weather developments in the region.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:15:12 EST
UN deputy chief highlights benefits from and challenges confronting oceans
Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:33:07 EST
El Niño puts more than 26 million children at risk in Eastern and Southern Africa &#8211 UNICEF
One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded has placed the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, the United Nations Children&#39s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:28:32 EST
Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought – UN report
Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said in a new report.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:37:16 EST
On Day to Combat Desertification, UN calls for action to restore land resources
Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST
UN-backed fund expands wildlife protection plan to 19 countries in Africa and Asia
A United Nations-backed partnership fun has approved an additional $40 million to expand its support of a global programme fighting against illegal trafficking to a total of 19 countries in Africa and Asia.
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST
Nearly two years on, Secretary-General reunites with Hokule’a crew for World Oceans Day
Warning that we are dangerously close to breaking the limit of how we should use oceans, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reunited with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew who are using traditional methods to circumvent the world and highlight the importance of protecting our bodies of water.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:01:00 EST
Greater cooperation needed to tackle poor air quality and other health threats in pan-European region: UN
Air pollution, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the pan-European region, according to the latest report by the UN environment agency and the UN economic commission in Europe.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 17:20:23 EST
Opening of UN regional meeting highlights people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction
Disaster risk reduction is everyone's business, a top United Nations official said today at the opening of a first-ever high-level meeting on strengthening disaster response and building capacities in the Americas, long considered one of the world's most exposed regions.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 14:00:57 EST