Category: Global Biodiversity

New lab will boost UN efforts to keep harmful insects at bay

26.09.17

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today opened the doors of a new laboratory to help countries use a nuclear technique to keep harmful insects, such as mosquitoes and fruit flies, at bay. The modern Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL), located in Seibersdorf, Austria, will boost the Agency’s ability to assist Member States […]

In Kuwait, UN chief Guterres lauds country’s humanitarian leadership, regional diplomacy

In Kuwait, Secretary-General António Guterres takes questions from reporters. Photo: UN/Stéphane Dujarric

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on an official visit to Kuwait, expressed gratitude to not only the Gulf country’s leadership in humanitarian action, but the “dialogue […] and promotion of understanding Kuwait has shown in relation to all conflicts in the region.” Speaking to reporters after meetings with the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, […]

UN Assembly President rings Nasdaq bell; sounds alarm on behalf of world’s endangered ocean

22.08.17 News Afternoon1

The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world’s ocean health is in distress. “The ocean is in trouble,” said Peter Thomson prior to ringing the Opening Bell of the Nasdaq Stock Market in its Times Square headquarters. Outlining the […]

UN agency develops new guidelines to help countries better monitor forest resources

Sustainably managed forests hold vast potential to play a decisive role in ending hunger, improving livelihoods and combating climate change. Photo: FAO/Simon Maina

The United Nations agriculture agency has created new guidelines to help countries develop a strong mechanism to monitor national forest resources. “The demand for reliable, up-to-date and more diverse forestry data and stronger analytical capacities at a national level has grown considerably in recent years,” said Eva Muller, Director of Forestry Policies and Resources Division […]

On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

Mammoth Hot Springs, in Yellowstone National Park, host thermophilic bacteria which colour the travertine terraces (Wyoming, USA - 2007). UN Photo/EFP

Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking International Day for Biological Diversity. “Tourism grows, so does the risk of harming the environment […] It will be important therefore such developments do not undermine the very natural beauty […]