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2016 Stories  

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
When we turn on the tap, there is water. When we turn on the cook stove, there is fire. Such conveniences should not be taken for granted. For people living in rural areas providing water and energy for their basic needs is a daily struggle. Typically these chores falls primarily on women and girls, and the cost is high... More

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Healthy cities
Health needs to be an integral part of Habitat III, the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, and of its outcome. The New Urban Agenda, the outcome document, will guide policies on cities at a time when urban growth will have a defining role in the future of climate and environment, and on our ways of doing business, on our lifestyles, and on our health... More

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Canada to host World Environment Day in 2017
Canada today demonstrated its commitment to environmental action as Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and UN Environment chief Erik Solheim announced that Canada will host World Environment Day in 2017. The UN Environment-led global event, the single largest celebration of our environment each year, takes place on June 5 and is celebrated by thousands of communities worldwide... More

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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. Today, both are under threat because of our taste for the beak mouthed, rainbow coloured parrotfish... More

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Every Humanitarian is an Environmentalist
I’ve taken part in over a half dozen peace processes in my career, from Sri Lanka to South Sudan. There are so many courageous people in these undertakings. Citizens who suffer silently the untold horrors of war. Communities that set aside differences, and empathize in order to compromise... More

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UNEP implements Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration
In 1992 when the international community adopted the Rio Declaration, within Principle 10 is agreed that: “Environmental issues are best handled with participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities... More

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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 could beat the most advanced NASA satellites to the discovery of one of the world’s greatest environmental crises. Yet, in 1982, the Dobson meter, whose readings had to be sent by ship from the Antarctic to a team of researchers in the UK, revealed what those monitoring NASA’s... More

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Caribbean Biological Corridor – a work in progress
The Caribbean islands have one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in the world. The welfare of its people is highly dependent on the sustainable management of its ecosystems and their services, which is essential to reduce environment-related poverty, inequity and socio-economic conflict... More

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Integrating Gender in Ecosystems Management
UNEP places special emphasis on gender. It seeks to reconcile competing demands and find synergies among women, men, boys and girls in their different uses of ecosystems, whether that be for food, water or livelihoods... More

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Invasive species – a huge threat to human well-being
People busy earning a living may react to the idea that invasive species pose a severe threat to biodiversity, and even national economies – with a yawn or a shrug. But worrying evidence indicates that such species are causing untold damage and that swift action is needed. Governments need to galvanize interest and awareness.... More

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Rice farmers move towards sustainability
Rice is incredibly important for human beings. It is the daily staple for half the global population - more than 3.5 billion people, many of them food-insecure. Over 90 per cent of the world’s rice is produced and consumed in Asia. In all, over one billion people depend on rice production for their livelihoods.... More

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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 the final phase-out of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) this year with the phase-out of CFCs used in metered-dose inhalers (MDIs). More than 98% of the CFCs used in MDIs have already been phased out, and will disappear completely in 2016, a significant milestone following 30 years of concerted global action to protect the ozone layer... More

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Connecting birds and insects to outer space
Insects hooked up to satellites in outer space, radars that can help catch poachers and high-tech cameras orbiting the Earth that can detect the health of crops. If all this technology sounds more like the stuff of science fiction, then that’s because, until recently.... More

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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. Previously, this unlucky delegate would have had to wade through a bewildering array of websites, trawling the internet for relevant information on legislative action and jurisprudence on marine debris.... More

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Achim Steiner bids farewell to UNEP after successful decade-long tenure
Nairobi, 14 June 2016 - Achim Steiner wrapped up his last day as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme today after a 10-year term that saw UNEP brought to the fore as the voice for the environment in the UN system, and the global authority on the environment.... More

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Time to embed biodiversity into the 2030 Agenda
On 22 May 2016, UNEP marked the International Day for Biological Diversity with a high-level event at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Contributions of UNEP towards achieving the Strategic Plan of Biodiversity (2011-2020) and the Aichi biodiversity targets outlines how more than 100 projects in over 120 countries are contributing to achieve the 20 Aichi biodiversity targets by 2020.... More

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Shearing Wool in a Warming Climate
As a bitter cold dawn rises over the grassy plateau of Moyobamba in the Peruvian Andes, the frosty air is heavy with excitement. A couple of hundred villagers from nearby Tanta have gathered on the rocky pastures, impatient to see the revival of chaccu, an ancient tradition of coralling wild, camel-like vicuñas that has been brought back from the edge of oblivion to help villagers adapt to a changing.... More

 

 

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