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His Excellency Mr. Volkan Bozkir of Turkey will preside over the 75th session of the General Assembly
Build a better future with blue skies for all, UN urges, marking first International Day of Clean Air
A new 30-minute film – Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times – sets out the action needed to build a better…Read More
Ministers of Finance to meet on options to address economic challenges arising from COVID-19 and sustainability
Ministers of Finance to meet on options to address economic challenges arising from COVID-19 and sustainability 8 September 2020 8:00…Read More
Saadia Sanchez appointed as Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean
Dr. Saadia Beatriz Sanchez Vegas was appointed Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean based in…Read More
3 July, 2020 As the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice is awaited, we call on all political leaders…Read More
ASG Alexandre Zouev: COVID-19 and the Rule of Law
By Alexandre Zouev The unprecedented threat from COVID-19 has caused unimaginable suffering around the world. This year also triggered a…Read More
Global Wake-Up Call
by António Guterres From COVID-19 to climate disruption, from racial injustice to rising inequalities, we are a world in turmoil.…Read More
Although COVID-19 cases are on track to hit 20 million worldwide this week, and 750,000 deaths, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed to “green shoots of hope” amidst the global crisis, while urging both governments and people everywhere… Read More
Across Central America and the Caribbean, the more than 70 million children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon face another threat – catastrophic hurricane storms, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday. “In the coming days and weeks, children… Read More
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Did you know that every year about one third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes – is wasted, yet food security continues to be a growing global concern, affecting millions of people. Or that the world’s freshwater supply such as rivers and lakes are polluted at a much faster rate than nature can recycle and purify?
COVID-19 lockdowns may have led to a dramatic 5 per cent drop in greenhouse gas emissions but not all measures to contain the pandemic have had a positive impact on the environment, warns the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Global sales of disposable face masks have sky-rocketted, and many more people have turned to online shopping due to social distancing.
What does this mean? Plastic waste created by over-packaged products and take-out meals that are delivered daily to homes are now clogging our landfills and floating in our seas. According to the UN Environment Programme, the costs are staggering – the negative spillover effects from plastic waste on fisheries, tourism and maritime transport, for example, can cost up to an estimated $40 billion each year.
In August, we look at the importance of Responsible Consumption and Production as our guide to a less wasteful and more sustainable future.