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Paris event seeks to advance shift towards Smart Cities

  Paris event seeks to advance shift towards Smart Cities
11:50am - 11 February 2016

With more than two-thirds of the world’s population set to be living in urban areas by 2050, smart approaches will be crucial

Private sector invited to showcase sustainable solutions at the world’s premier environment meeting

  Private sector invited to showcase sustainable solutions at the world’s premier environment meeting
3:06pm - 10 February 2016

Climate Action’s latest videographic explores the opportunities available to businesses at the Sustainable Innovation Expo...

Worldwide, Policy, Tech. & Innovation

UN aviation body to address new emission rules rift

  UN aviation body to address new emission rules rift
9:48am - 10 February 2016

The new set of standards on aircraft emissions could impact the larger planes built by the likes of Boeing and Airbus.

Worldwide, Featured, Policy, Transport
🎤CLIMATE INTERVIEWS
  Sustainability in the automobile industry

Sustainability in the automobile industry

Europe, Smart Cities, Transport

Climate Action spoke to Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), about sustainability and emissions reduction in the automobile industry.

🎤PRESS RELEASES
  Low Carbon Innovation for Africa – A Survey: Help us to Identify Sustainable Solutions for Africa

Low Carbon Innovation for Africa – A Survey: Help us to Identify Sustainable Solutions for Africa

Africa, Agriculture, Carbon Reduction, Policy, Sustainable Energy, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action needs your help in identifying the leading low carbon solutions being deployed across Africa

🎤CLIMATE LEADER PAPERS
  Terri Wills

Green building in Africa: reinventing growth

by Terri Wills
World Green Building Council
  Achim Steiner

Climate Action for COP21

by Achim Steiner
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  Adnan Z Amin

Renewable energy on islands: a pathway to prosperity

by Adnan Z Amin
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  Tine Sundtoft

Giving living forests an economic value

by Tine Sundtoft
Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway
EDITOR'S PICKS
  Fracking linked to Californian earthquakes

Fracking linked to Californian earthquakes

North America, Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Energy

The process of injecting wastewater from fracking sites has been linked to earthquakes in California in a new study.

  Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Dean Scarborough, Chairman and CEO at Avery Dennison, about the company's approach to sustainability and the low-carbon solutions the company will be offering at COP21 in Paris in December

  A Danish solution to a global challenge?

A Danish solution to a global challenge?

Europe, Worldwide, Agriculture, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Policy, Sustainable Energy

Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister for Energy, Utilities, and Climate, Denmark

CLIMATE ACTION UNEP PUBLICATION

Climate Action and UNEP have launched the ninth edition of Climate Action for COP21 - read and download the new edition here

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  • Opening Speech By UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw at the 19th Conference of Parties to...

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    World Humanitarian Summit must be 'turning point' in cooperation to tackle crises - UN chief...

    At the launch of One Humanity: Shared responsibility report...

    G20 Green Finance Study Group Meets for the First Time in Beijing...

    The GFSG will collaborate with other G20 groups and related external initiatives....

    International Meeting to Protect the World's Sharks Convenes Next Week...

    The second Meeting of Signatories to the Convention on Migratory Species Sharks MOU will take place in San José, Costa Rica, from 15 to 19 February....

    Speech by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the Launch of Kenya Green University Network...

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  • FAO calls for international action on antimicrobial resistance

    Antimicrobial resistance" or AMR is “one of the greatest threats to public health worldwide” and calls for a globally coordinated effort to counter the risks it poses to food security, FAO Deputy Director General Helena Semedo warned European ministers of health and agriculture at a conference on antibiotic resistance in Amsterdam.

    Zika: FAO Director-General says agency is ready to contribute to international efforts

    As the leading UN agency on animal health and pest control, FAO can assist affected nations with targeted interventions while ensuring that people and the environment are not exposed to health and other risks stemming from the inappropriate use of potentially dangerous chemicals.

    UN agencies warn of escalating food crisis in South Sudan

    South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people - nearly 25 percent of the country's population - remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe, three UN agencies warned today.

    Somalia continues to face large-scale food insecurity compounded by poor rainfall and drought

    Somalia will continue to face large-scale food insecurity between now and June 2016 as a result of poor rainfall and drought conditions in several areas, trade disruptions, and a combination of protracted and new population displacements.

    FAO Food Price Index starts 2016 dropping to nearly 7-year low

    The FAO Food Price Index fell in January, slipping 1.9 percent below its level in the last month of 2015, as prices of all the commodities it tracks fell, sugar in particular.

  • Lima Call for Climate Action Puts World on Track to Paris 2015

    A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries.

    New Portal Highlights City and Private Sector Climate Action

    A way to increase the visibility of the wealth of climate action by cities, regions, companies and investors was launched today by the government of Peru.

    New Documentary Raises Awareness for Adaptation Needs

    A new documentary released on 11 December 2014 highlights the growing recognition of the need for adaptation to climate change around the world, as recognized by governments at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima.

    Winners of United Nations Climate Change Awards Honoured in Lima

    Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, were treated to an evening of hope and optimism as the winners of the 2014 Momentum for Change Awards were feted tonight at a gala event.

    Forest Announcements Pave Way for Climate Action

    At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, a group of five countries has taken steps towards improved national and global forest action.

  • UN-Habitat supports a community initiative in East Jerusalem

    Ramallah, February 11, 2016 – On February 8th, 2016 UN-Habitat jointly with Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights and the Local Community Center of Sur Baher inaugurated a playground in Sur Baher. This initiative comes as part of the Scaling up and Deepening of Planning Support to Palestinian Communities in East Jerusalem project funded by […]

    Improving the quality of life of people through sustainability

    Rio de Janeiro, 11 February 2016 – The phrase belongs to Elkin Velasquez, UN-Habitat´s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, during the signing of the agreement between the UN agency and the government of Risaralda (Colombia). Pact for Sustainability and Competitiveness is a document that includes actions for development in 14 municipalities through the implementation of […]

    CPI Global City Report – 2015

    In 2012, UN-Habitat created a tool to measure the sustainability of cities. This tool known as The City Prosperity Index was accompanied by a conceptual matrix, the Wheel of Urban Prosperity. In 2013, UN- Habitat received numerous requests from local authorities and central governments to estimate their respective prosperity indexes. Mayors and other decision makers […]

    The City Prosperity Initiative – Brochure

    In 2012, UN-Habitat created a tool to measure the sustainability of cities. This tool known as The City Prosperity Index was accompanied by a conceptual matrix, the Wheel of Urban Prosperity. In 2013, UN- Habitat received numerous requests from local authorities and central governments to estimate their respective prosperity indexes. Mayors and other decision makers […]

    The Global Goals for Sustainable Development and City Prosperity Initiative

    The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was held from25 to 27 September 2015, in New York, during the United Nations summit. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. All countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, […]

  • In Mogadishu, WFP Is Supporting The Most Vulnerable People With Cash-Based Transfers

    Across Somalia, more than a million people are struggling to meet their basic food needs, particularly internally displaced people and the urban poor. With support from the European Union’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO), WFP is now providing the most vulnerable people in Mogadishu with cash-based assistance so they can shop for the food they need. WFP is increasingly providing cash-based transfers in places where food is available in the markets, but lack of income prevents vulnerable families from accessing it.  

    “We Bend Like Reeds But Do Not Break” Coping With Drought In Haiti

    WFP in Haiti is working with people there as they cope with the effects of a devastating drought, made worse by El Nino. Singing as they work helps this community through the hard labour of soil preservation and land restoration. “Fanm yo, nou se wozo, nou se wozo, se wozo nou ye, yo met boule nou, yo met koupe racin nou, lé la pli a tonbe n’ap boujonnen…”: “Women, we are reeds… they may burn us, they may cut our roots, when the rain falls, we will sprout again…”

    Drought In Ethiopia: 10 Million People In Need

    Ethiopia is in the grip of its worst drought in recent history. More than ten million people are in need of assistance according to the Government and humanitarian agencies. On Sunday 31 January, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Ethiopia to see first-hand the consequences of the drought in one of the worst affected areas.

    Sierra Leone: Moms And Their Babies Are Returning To The Health Centres

    Use of basic health services drastically reduced at the height of the Ebola outbreak. The population was hesitant to approach the health centres due to fears of either contacting Ebola or being labelled as someone affected by it. Getting mothers and children back to the health centres to access critical maternal and child health services has been challenging. In partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to increase uptake of services. Through the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and nursing mothers at Peripheral Health Units (PHUs), WFP is also helping to improve the nutrition status of vulnerable groups, reaching more than 43,000 children and mothers across the country.

    University of Notre Dame Students Fighting Hunger

    Next month, students, educators and academic leaders from across the U.S. will come together to amplify their voices in the global fight against hunger at the annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit. Over 250 anti-hunger advocates will convene in Columbia, Missouri, 26-27 Feb. to exchange ideas on ways to stamp out hunger around the globe.