Environment/Science
New York: Economic losses to disasters in Asia and the Pacific could exceed $160 billion annually by 2030, the United Nations development arm in the region warned on Tuesday, urging greater innovation in disaster risk financing. more
Climate Action Special Envoy Bloomberg pledges $4.5 million to help UN fight climate change in line with the Paris Agreement

New York: The UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, announced on Sunday a contribution of $4.5 million to the Organization’s Climate Change Secretariat, the UNFCCC ...

UN-sponsored group tightens controls on spread of crop-attacking pests

New York: With an estimated $220 billion of the global harvest lost to plant pests each year, the agency charged with fighting this scourge has adopted new standards and measures to safeg ...

UN Security Council urges an end to recurring cycles of instability in Africa’s Great Lakes region

New York: The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for an end to the recurring cycles of violence and instability in Africa’s Great Lakes region, as a senior UN officia ...

At Asian forum, UN chief calls for more equitable globalization, urgent action on climate change

New York: The world must act to spread the benefits of globalization more fairly while avoiding the perils of protectionism, the United Nations chief said on Tuesday.

Climate chaos to continue in 2018, UN chief warns; Will the world rise to challenge?

New York: Climate change “is still moving much faster than we are,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Thursday, calling for the political will ...

Earth Hour: UN joins iconic landmarks ‘going dark’ globally with a call to protect environment

New York: The United Nations this evening turned off the lights at its iconic Headquarters in New York as well as at other facilities around the world in observance of “Earth Hour&r ...

World cannot take water for granted, say UN officials at launch of global decade for action

New York :The United Nations on Thursday launched a decade for action on water that seeks to forge new partnerships, improve cooperation and strengthe3 (JEN)n capacity to implement the 20 ...

Drought and conflict leave millions more hungry in 2017 – UN-backed report

New York: Driven largely by climate disasters and conflict, levels of acute hunger surged in 2017, leaving some 124 million people across 51 countries facing hunger crises –11 milli ...

As cities boom, forests key to meeting demands for water, food and energy – UN

New York: With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, forests are critical part of the solution to the unprecedented demand for water, food an ...