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  1. New partnership to help cities double energy efficiency by 2030
    New partnership to help cities double energy efficiency by 2030 31 Aug 2016

    A new partnership between the World Green Building Council and the World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator aims at doubling the participating cities’ rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030

    Worldwide,Policy,Smart Cities,Carbon Reduction
  2. New Montreal soccer stadium earned LEED Gold certification
    New Montreal soccer stadium earned LEED Gold certification 31 Aug 2016

    The new amateur football stadium in St-Michel district, Montreal, has been designed by architects Saucier + Perrotte along with Vancouver’s HCMA

    North America,Carbon Reduction,Sports
  3. South Africa set to become new wind power hotspot
    South Africa set to become new wind power hotspot 30 Aug 2016

    Research and consulting firm GlobalData released a report last week identifying South Africa as the likely new hotspot for wind installation.

    Africa,Sustainable Energy,Carbon Reduction,COP 21,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  4. World’s largest buyer to require suppliers’ GHG emissions disclosure
    World’s largest buyer to require suppliers’ GHG emissions disclosure 30 Aug 2016

    The US federal government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services with an annual spend of more than $450 billion

    North America,Policy,Carbon Reduction
  5. Renewable Energy projects received $6 billion in funding last year
    Renewable Energy projects received $6 billion in funding last year 30 Aug 2016

    A recent Climate Finance report has revealed that renewable energy projects received funding worth $6 billion from multilateral banks in 2015.

    Worldwide,Finance,Policy,Sustainable Energy,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Investment Forum
  6. 16.9% of US electricity from renewables in first half of 2016
    16.9% of US electricity from renewables in first half of 2016 26 Aug 2016

    According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), renewable energy accounted for 16.9 per cent of electricity generation in the US for the first half of 2016

    North America,Sustainable Energy,Carbon Reduction
  7. Japan to make 2020 Olympic medals from e-waste
    Japan to make 2020 Olympic medals from e-waste 25 Aug 2016

    For the 2020 Olympic Games, Japan is planning to make medals out of electronic waste and home appliances

  8. Plastics firm to generate new revenue from recycling efforts
    Plastics firm to generate new revenue from recycling efforts 25 Aug 2016

    SPI’s new Zero Net Waste programme recognizes companies that have taken steps to eliminate waste throughout the plastics manufacturing life cycle

    North America,Finance,Tech. & Innovation,Carbon Reduction
  9. G20 urged to ratify Paris Agreement by influential investors
    G20 urged to ratify Paris Agreement by influential investors 24 Aug 2016

    A group of influential institutions controlling US$13 trillion of investments have called on members of the G20 to ratify the Paris Agreement this year

    Worldwide,Finance,Policy,Sustainable Energy,Carbon Reduction,COP 21
  10. Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be most sustainable sport facility
    Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be most sustainable sport facility 24 Aug 2016

    The Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) will open in the summer of 2017 in Atlanta, GA and will be a one-of-a-kind facility with amenities unlike anything ever seen before

    North America,Sustainable Energy,Carbon Reduction,Sports


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  • UN Environment Statement on Great Elephant Census Figures Showing Huge Decline in African...

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    Hundreds of Millions Face Health Risk as Water Pollution Rises Across Three Continents...

    - Pathogen and organic pollution rises in more than 50% of river stretches in Africa, Asia and Latin America
    - Asia hit hardest by rise in severe pathogen pollution with up to a half of all river...

    UN Environment Chief Discusses Lagoon Clean-up, Air Pollution, Wildlife Protection, and Marine...

    "I've seen Côte d'Ivoire rapidly develop in the last five years. I want to see it continue to build and improve its economy long into the future. For it to do so, economic development must not come...

    From chemical pollution to submerged explosives - major threats to European whales and dolphins...

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    UN Environment Head Visits Ethiopia...

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  • Colombia asks FAO to collaborate in implementation of peace agreements

    The government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, have asked FAO to collaborate in the implementation of the first point of the peace agreement they recently signed, which centres on fighting hunger and promoting rural reforms and development.

    No peace without freedom from want

    Food security and agriculture have an essential role to play in preventing conflicts and crises on the African continent, blunting their impacts and acting as engines for post-crisis recovery.

    Once upon a time in the future of food and agriculture

    The World Food Day poster and video contest aims to give children an opportunity to explore this theme and express their ideas about the relationship between climate change, the food we eat, and the causes of hunger - and share them with others.

    Sizing up livestock farming’s carbon footprint

    A new and interactive tool released by FAO allows farmers, policy makers and scientists to calculate meat, milk and eggs production as well as greenhouse-gas emissions from livestock to make the sector more productive and more climate-friendly.

    When it comes to its humanitarian work, FAO is in it for the long haul

    On World Humanitarian Day 2016, we reflect on FAO's activities in humanitarian situations and profile some of our team who are working in the field to build a world free from hunger.

  • 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 trains youth in data collection for refugee project

    Kalobeyei 31 August 2016– UN-Habitat is working in agreement with the County Government, UNHCR and the local community to support planning for integrated refuges and host communities and developing a spatial plan for Kalobeyei New Settlement that will be sustainable, inclusive and resilient. UN-Habitat is working on the spatial planning component for the new settlement […]

    UN-Habitat launches Public Space and Market Place Programme in Bamenda, Cameroon

    Bamenda, Cameroon, 31 August 2016–In August 2016, UN-Habitat and the Government Delegate of Bamenda City Council, Mr.Vincent Nji Ndumu, launched the Bamenda Public Space and Market Place Programme. Present at the event were representatives of the five regional Ministries including the Ministries of Housing and Urban Development; Public Works; Environment and Nature Protection; Lands, Surveys […]

    TICAD side event explores solutions to Africa’s solid waste

    Nairobi, 29 August 2916—A side event at TICAD6 explored ways in which to address the mounting problem of solid waste management in African countries. Titled ‘Toward Clean and Healthy Cities in Africa’, the side event heard that although the developed world treated solid waste as a treasure trove which could yield economic returns, in many […]

    UN agencies call for greater flow of material and funding into Gaza

    Jerusalem 29 August 2016– On the day marking two years since the 26 August 2014 ceasefire which ended the most devastating round of hostilities in Gaza since the beginning of the occupation in 1967, 16 heads of United Nations agencies in Palestine call for the uninterrupted and predictable flow of material and increased funding to […]

    Consultant: Consultant to develop a guide for the practical application of the continuum of land rights.Deadline: 7 September 2016

    Download pdf version CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Issued on: 25 August 2016 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Land and GLTN Unit, UN-Habitat DUTY STATION: Home Based with the possibility of travel FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant: Consultant to develop a guide for the practical application of the continuum of land rights. DURATION: 15 September 2016 – 14 March 2017 (25 working […]

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    10 Facts About the Cost of Hunger in Ghana

    The Cost of Hunger in Africa study – so far conducted in 12 countries across Africa – shows the social and economic impact of undernutrition among children under 5, and its cost on these countries’ economies. Here we look at 10 things to know about the cost of hunger in Ghana. 

    Helping farmers reach Zero Hunger in Sierra Leone

    Usman Kanu is a rice farmer from the Masimera chiefdom in Sierra Leone. Thanks to his participation in WFP's rice farming project he has doubled his yields in the last two harvests and has been able to build himself a house from the profits. The project – funded by the Government of Japan – provides rural families with the tools and techniques to better cultivate the land around their villages. Rice production in the whole area has shot up by 186 percent, making Usman's experience just one of many success stories. As harvest season approaches this year, farmers are hoping for even better results. 

    El Niño : Faces of the Drought in Zimbabwe

    Recurrent climate-related shocks are one of the main drivers of food insecurity in Zimbabwe. Current food shortages have been exacerbated by one of the most devastating El Niño-induced droughts in recent history. Agriculture is particularly vulnerable becuase of the heavy reliance of smallholder farmes on rain-fed maize production. The effects of two consecutive years of drought are evident in widespread crop failure, livestock deaths and dwindling livelihood and income-earning options for the rural populace. Mwenezi, a district in Masvingo, has been hard hit. WFP is rapidly stepping up life-saving operations and reaching a growing number of people with food and cash-based relief as well as with activities designed to improve the resilience of farming communities. These are some of the faces and stories of people affected by the drought.  

    Sharing Humanity: Abeer’s Story

    As a programme associate  in Yemen for the World Food Programme, Abeer Noman has survived airstrikes, evacuated staff and made sure her own family is safe. In the lead up to this year’s World Humanitarian Day, we’re sharing stories that celebrate the spirit of humanitarianism. This is Abeer’s story.