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Global review of climate action finds surging momentum, shifting burden, missed opportunities

A new accounting of global climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions finds a broad spectrum of commitments from non-state and subnational actors with potential to support and ultimately outpace governments in their emissions reductions. The exhaustive review from UN Environment, released today ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), highlights the

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Plastic pollution needs to be curbed, says UN Environment head Erik Solheim

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats and countries need better waste management to cope with the sheer quantity of plastic rubbish that is fouling the waters and environment, says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim. “Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats the planet is

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International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability Kicks Off in Milan

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System convened the inaugural meeting of an international network of city authorities from many of the world’s leading financial centers, during which network members confirmed their agreement to cooperate on promoting green and sustainable finance in their

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UN Environment Assembly moves to curb pollution from extractive industries

The city of Mariana, Brazil, and the town of Panguna in the autonomous province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, occupy two diametrically opposed parts of the world, separated by more than 10,000 miles. They have distinct historical differences, dating several centuries ago, but in a very unique way they share

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Inspirational environmental leaders from Chile, China and United States win UN’s top environmental honour

Nairobi, 5 December 2017 – Six inspirational environmental leaders today received the United Nations' highest environmental honour, the Champions of the Earth award, during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, Paul A. Newman and his team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, American filmmaker Jeff Orlowski,

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UN Environment Assembly Tackles Global Menace of Pollution

Over 4,000 delegates, including heads of state, ministers, business leaders, UN officials and civil society representatives are gathering at UNEP headquarters from 4-6 December to exchange ideas to tackle the global menace of pollution and commit to action. Environmental degradation accounts for nearly one in four of all deaths, or

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Boosting Climate Action with Technology Innovation

Special Event to Help Implement Paris Agreement at SB46   On 12 May, high-level experts from around the world will convene at a special one-day event to explore how innovation can significantly boost the deployment of climate technologies at scale. These experts (see the list below) will share their experiences in stimulating innovation

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New Initiative Targets 2020 in Race to Tackle Dangerous Climate Change

London, April 10, 2017: A group of leading climate and business experts today identified the year 2020 as a game changing opportunity to turn the tide on the devastating impacts of carbon emissions. Convened by Christiana Figueres - former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the group

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Renewable energy sources could be cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years – UN-backed report

3 April 2017 – A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity. “[The report] is

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Chief Executives Lay Out Concrete Plans to Put Global Climate Agreement into Action at COP 22

(Marrakech) – More than 100 high-level business leaders and investors met with leaders from Government, civil society and the United Nations in a show of resounding support and commitment to taking action on the Paris Climate Agreement at the COP 22/CMP 12: High-Level Meeting on Climate Change on 16 November. Hosted by

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