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Look beyond climate talks for action: UNEP chief

29 November 2017

To solve an environment problem, turn it into a business opportunity, says Erik Solheim As a parent of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN Environment (UNEP) always watches anxiously as government negotiators bicker at the annual climate summits. And after all the hot air [read more]

A Turning Point? The Failure of the German Coalition Talks

20 November 2017

While the international, that is the English-language, media, pursues its obsessive interest in President Trump, and the British press focuses on the minutiae of the Brexit negotiations, an event which occurred in Berlin this weekend is arguably the most important foreign news development in the [read more]

UN climate talks end without agreement on money

18 November 2017

Negotiations at COP23 failed a major test on financial commitments, but there were some successes on pre-2020 action and providing support for women by Joydeep Gupta, Charlotte Middlehurst, Yao Zhe, Lili Pike The annual UN climate summit ended in Bonn, Germany, with no agreement on providing money [read more]

What will be in the next IPCC climate change assessment?

17 September 2017

Dr Valérie Masson-Delmotte is a senior researcher at the Laboratoire des Science du Climat et de l’environnement in France and co-chair of Working Group 1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). At a meeting in Montreal last week, the member countries of the United Nations [read more]

No woman no water, so women must decide

7 September 2017

by Farahnaz Zahidi Bangladesh has managed to almost stop open defecation because women were included in the decision making processes They carry water home, store it, keep it as clean as possible. Yet women are kept out of major decisions about water supply. During this year’s August [read more]

UN Secretary-General’s press encounter: 5 September 2017

6 September 2017

Secretary-General António Guterres on North Korea and Myanmar’s Rakhine State In two weeks’ time, world leaders will be here in the General Assembly to address the full range of global challenges. But in recent days we have seen the dramatic aggravation of three of the main threats we face as [read more]
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