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UN event mobilizing countries to join historic climate agreement this year

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Countries are accelerating efforts to join the Paris Agreement on climate chang at a special high-level event to be hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 21 September.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2016 15:23

Restrict Sand Dredging Licenses to Non-Fishing Communities says UN University Report

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A research report, released by the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), is urging relevant stakeholders in the natural resources management sector in Africa to consider limiting the activities of sand dredgers to non-fishing communities. This, the report indicated, can be achieved, by ensuring that licenses are given to sand dredgers to operate only in communities that are not engaged in fishing. This aims to help reduce the negative effects of sand dredging on fishing.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:38

Managing climate and social risks key to hydropower development

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The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region has nearly 500 GW hydropower potential, but only a fraction of it has been developed. As countries in the region gear up for increased hydropower production to alleviate energy poverty, they find themselves grappling with increasing climatic and social risks. A seminar convened by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), FutureWater, and Statkraft which started on  1 September 2016 at Stockholm World Water Week discussed these risks and the way forward.


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:30

UN Environment Head Welcomes China, US Announcement on Paris Agreement Ratification

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UN Environment head Erik Solheim released the following statement in reaction to the joint announcement by China and the United States on the ratification of the Paris Agreement.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 03:59

United State of America and China Ratify the Historical Paris Agreement

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Ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by China and the United States – the world’s top two emitters of greenhouse gases – has brought its rapid entry into force a big step closer.
“I would like today to thank China and the United States for ratifying this landmark agreement—an agreement on which rests the opportunity for a sustainable future for every nation and every person,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“The earlier that Paris is ratified and implemented in full, the more secure that future will become, “she added.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 09:31
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