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[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 - 09:20
How can we accelerate action on sustainable development? Global leaders are set to take stock of the 17 goals they’ve set themselves at a meeting on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit (SDIS) on September 23-24 brings together hundreds of leaders from government, business and civil society to help find... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 09:08
Global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security. The impacts of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 08:45
Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor, a new initiative coordinated by UN-Habitat, will be presented at the upcoming Climate Action Summit on 23 September in New York. The summit will show what strong leadership and action looks like, offering solutions to meet the Paris Agreement. Climate change is already causing huge damage. Without urgent action and much greater ambition, it will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 08:41
Ms. Sharif will be joining world leaders at United Nations headquarters in New York next week at the Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN-Habitat is supporting one of the nine action tracks designated by the Secretary-General “Infrastructure, Cities and Local Action” under the leadership of the Governments of Kenya and Turkey. UN News asked the UN-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:30
The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone-depleting substances has not only helped replenish the protective layer for future generations but is also helping guard human health by filtering harmful rays from reaching Earth, said UNEP shared in a statement. The recognition of this success comes on World Ozone Day, marked 16 September. This year celebrates “32 Years and Healing”; a commemoration of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:25
Imagine a drug that could lower the rates of heart disease, anxiety, stress and depression, prolong lifespan, strengthen social cohesion, encourage more physical activity and promote recovery from surgery and strokes. Such a wonder drug would be the most prescribed remedy in the world. Of course, there is no such magical cure, but you could get the same effects simply by planting a tree.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:18
From hurricanes to devastating floods and heat waves, the headlines about recent weather events make it hard to ignore the reality of climate change. To tackle the growing climate crisis, leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society will gather at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019 to coordinate and scale up efforts toward a low-carbon future. This... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:07
Bigger and Better Investments for a Resilient Future Rapid urbanization is transforming the planet and the way we live: 3 million people move into cities every week, and by 2050, urban areas are projected to add an additional 2.5 billion residents. The greater concentration of people and assets can amplify the impact of disasters and a changing climate. Poorer segments of the economy are often... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 09:53
Planting trees and other vegetation is often touted as a solution to mitigate the urban heat island effect—the tendency for cities to be a few degrees warmer than surrounding rural areas. But this strategy won’t be effective in every city, a new study suggests. In dry cities like Phoenix, Arizona, and temperate ones like London, England, adding green space is likely to be a great way to reduce... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 09:44
Our cities are increasingly under scrutiny over their impact on climate change. But in terms of carbon dioxide - one of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming - could life away from the UK's big towns be doing more damage? According to the most recent government statistics, the UK's 63 largest towns and cities - defined here as built-up urban areas with 135,000 or more people -... Read more