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Climate Action: It’s time to make peace with nature, UN chief urges

2 December 2020 Climate Change The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has described the fight against the climate crisis as the top priority for the 21st Century, in a passionate, uncompromising speech delivered on Wednesday at Columbia University in New York. The landmark address marks the beginning of a month of UN-led climate action, which includes the release […]

The natural environment is also a casualty of war, Guterres warns

UNEP/GRID-Arendal/Tim Freccia An orphaned gorilla released in its new habitat, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Healthy gorilla populations are becoming increasingly isolated due to habitat loss and conflict across the region.   The UN Secretary-General has called for better management of natural resources and ecosystems, highlighting that doing so could pave a path towards peace in war-torn […]

Ahead of global health assembly, WHO stresses need for solidarity, preparation

University of Oxford/John Cairns Samples are tested by scientists at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute as the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus continues.     The COVID-19 pandemic can be defeated through science, solutions and solidarity, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, underlining one of its core messages throughout the crisis.  The reminder comes ahead of […]

‘If we invest in health systems, we can bring this virus under control’ – WHO chief

©WHO/Elena Longarini To wear properly, “pull down the mask’s bottom so it covers the mouth and chin”, the World Health Organization says.    Health systems and global preparedness are not only an investment in the future but “the foundation of our response” to today’s COVID-19 health crisis, the head of the UN’s health agency said on […]

Sustainable urbanization critical to COVID-19 recovery, better quality of life

© UN-Habitat/Kirsten Milhahn Members of the Korail Bon Bazar Community Centre in Bangladesh, have supported local families during the COVID-19 pandemic.     Cities will be critical for the world to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst recession for decades, according to the latest report published by UN-Habitat, the UN agency working on urban issues.  The […]

UN builds momentum for restoring forests as world enters key decade for ecosystems

© FAO/Giulio Napolitano Some areas of Niger have been degraded due to unsustainable land practices.   The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is leading a push for the world to scale up efforts to restore landscapes and forests over the next decade, with eyes on a target to salvage 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands, an area bigger than […]