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‘Global trust’ declining, ‘our world needs stepped-up global leadership’

qua, 28/11/2018 - 18:15
On the eve of the G20 international forum in Argentina, and ahead of next week’s COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for global leadership to be stepped up, “at a time of declining global trust.”
Categorias: Internacionais

COP24: UN climate change conference, what’s at stake and what you need to know

qua, 28/11/2018 - 18:14
As global temperatures continue to rise, climate action is lagging and the window of opportunity is closing. On Sunday, the United Nations will kick off critical negotiations on how to address the problem collectively and urgently, during a two-week climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, known as “COP24”.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘At risk’ Mediterranean forests make ‘vital contributions’ to development

ter, 27/11/2018 - 17:31
Between 2010 and 2015, forests around the Mediterranean have expanded by two per cent, but that has come at the price of significant degradation and increasing vulnerability to climate change, population pressures, wildfires and water scarcity, warned a new UN report launched on Tuesday.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN launches new fund to advance sustainable development in Aral Sea region

ter, 27/11/2018 - 14:24
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged countries to fund a new initiative designed to reduce vulnerability, advance sustainable development and create decent living conditions for millions of people living around the Aral Sea, whose basin encompasses Uzbekistan, and six other countries in Central Asia.
Categorias: Internacionais

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere break another record, UN report shows

qui, 22/11/2018 - 10:34
Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high, according to a report issued on Thursday by the United Nations weather agency, which reveals that there is no sign of reversal of this trend, responsible for climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and extreme weather.
Categorias: Internacionais

With field schools in Kenya, UN agriculture agency teaches techniques to combat drought

qua, 21/11/2018 - 18:03
To strengthen resilience in the Horn of Africa against natural hazards like drought, which can lead to cattle losses and increased food insecurity, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting pastoralists in northeastern Kenya’s Mandera County to grow pasture for livestock.
Categorias: Internacionais

New energy security framework will help meet growing needs in East Africa, sustainably – UN economic wing

qua, 21/11/2018 - 15:52
Backed by the United Nations, countries in eastern Africa have launched a new energy security framework to help tackle growing challenges over energy access and availability in the region.
Categorias: Internacionais

After decade of progress, rural areas of Latin America, Caribbean slide back into poverty – UN report

qua, 21/11/2018 - 12:04
For the first time in a decade, the number of people falling into poverty in rural Latin America and the Caribbean has increased by two million, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, which called the worrying trend a “historical reversal.”
Categorias: Internacionais

Farmers on the frontline in battle against drug-resistant microbes: UN health agency

qua, 14/11/2018 - 18:33
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has revealed that as some 700,000 people are dying each year from antimicrobial resistant infections, an untold number of sick animals are also suffering from diseases that do not respond to treatment.
Categorias: Internacionais

Coral reefs can’t wait for world to take action, urges UN, as Biodiversity Conference gets underway

qua, 14/11/2018 - 14:31
Sounding the alarm about the urgent need to protect coral reefs from extinction within decades, a new coalition of organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched on Wednesday in Egypt during the UN Biodiversity Conference, to galvanize global leadership before it is too late.
Categorias: Internacionais

UN and Tokyo 2020, leverage power of Olympic Games in global sustainable development race

qua, 14/11/2018 - 13:47
The United Nations and the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have signed an agreement to highlight the important contribution that sport makes in the race to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by the ambitious deadline of 2030.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘12 million’ stateless people globally, warns UNHCR chief in call to States for decisive action

ter, 13/11/2018 - 03:20
An estimated 12 million people may be victims of statelessness the impact of which is “immediate and can be dire”, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.
Categorias: Internacionais

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Cows, coffee and sustainable farming

seg, 12/11/2018 - 19:10
Small-scale farms in Panama are helping to heal land degraded by extensive cattle ranching and extreme rainfall or drought associated with climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).
Categorias: Internacionais

Civil society groups matter for Cambodia’s sustainable development: UN expert

qui, 08/11/2018 - 15:00
The Cambodian Government must work in tandem with civil society groups and build its policies around citizens’ human rights, if the country is to see durable peace and sustainable development, a UN expert urged on Friday.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Warp speed’ technology must be ‘force for good’ UN chief tells web leaders

seg, 05/11/2018 - 19:32
Technological advances are happening “at a warp speed,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in Lisbon, Portugal, as a major three-day Web Summit got underway.
Categorias: Internacionais

‘Colossal human loss’ threatens Asia, Pacific as hunger fight stalls – UN agencies

sex, 02/11/2018 - 12:17
Well over half the world’s undernourished people live in the Asia-Pacific region, making it a critical part of the global push to end extreme hunger and malnutrition in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), cautioned a new United Nations report on Friday.
Categorias: Internacionais

Fighting ‘existential crisis’ of encroaching desert sands

qui, 01/11/2018 - 13:25
In a move described as a landmark decision, the Group of Earth Observations (GEO) – a UN-backed partnership set up to improve Earth observation data-sharing and availability, to benefit all life – has launched a global initiative to reverse the “existential crisis” created by desertification and land degradation.
Categorias: Internacionais

Plastic-busting fungi may help tackle pollution, climate change: UN Environment

qua, 31/10/2018 - 12:58
When it comes to helping green our world, organic mushrooms from the local market may be just the tip of the iceberg. A new United Nations-backed report reveals that fungi could help ween the world off its plastic addiction, by degrading polyurethane in just a matter of weeks.
Categorias: Internacionais

Weekly migration of 1.4m to cities can contribute to ‘disasters’

ter, 30/10/2018 - 18:11
The migration of some 1.4 million people every week to cities around the world “can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters’” according to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
Categorias: Internacionais

FROM THE FIELD: Urban Mexico moves toward better livelihoods, cleaner cities

ter, 30/10/2018 - 17:15
Mexico is improving the lives of the 80 percent of its inhabitants residing in cities, by pushing towards less polluted, more eco-friendly environments, thanks to support from the UN.
Categorias: Internacionais