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The UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative: Greening Human Development

Poor people depend on the environment for their livelihoods and well-being. Improved management of the environment and natural resources contributes directly to poverty reduction, more sustainable livelihoods and pro-poor growth. To fight poverty, promote security and preserve the ecosystems that poor people rely on for their livelihoods, we must place pro-poor economic growth and environmental sustainability at the heart of our economic policies, planning systems and institutions. To tackle this challenge, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) joined hands and launched the Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI). The PEI is a global

Certificate of Participation in The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership Introductory e-course

An Introductory E-Course on climate change which is administered by the ONE UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) – a partnership of 33 multilateral organizations which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing National Strategies to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development - also referred to as climate change learning strategies. During the pilot phase (2011-2013) five countries have prepared l

UN officials call for restoration of ecosystems to reduce climate change disasters

Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials today emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change. “Land degradation, caused or exacerbated by climate change, is not only a danger to livelihoods, but also a threat to peace and stability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the World Day, observed annually on 17 June. He noted that recovering land that is degrading will have multiple benefits. “We can avert the worst effects of climate change, produce more food and ease competition over resources. We can preserve vital ecosystem services, such as water retention, whi

Agriculture and the Green Economy

We need to make the global economy green. Agriculture provides significant opportunities for growth, investment and jobs to help make this happen.

Momentum for Change

In a new annual report ‪#‎UNFCC‬ gives you facts, solutions and success stories on ‪#‎ClimateChange‬ in a fun and innovative manner!

UNEP-WCMC Brief Highlights Role of Biodiversity in Addressing Climate Change

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has released a policy brief connecting the dots between protecting biodiversity and acting on climate change. The brief, 'Addressing Climate Change: Why Biodiversity Matters,' discusses the potential negative effects of climate change mitigation programmes on biodiversity. It concludes biodiversity conservation can support climate change mitigation and adaptation goals if all potential impacts are weighed carefully in the policymaking process. Conserving biological diversity can also have the added effect of helping ensure the permanence of mitigation and adaptation benefits. The brief acknowledges that there may b

Barbados is Leading the Way for SIDS in Green Economy Transition

Prime Minister Endorses Green Economy Roadmap to Advance the Island’s Sustainable Development Agenda. Bridgetown, Barbados, 5 June 2014 - As part of the 2014 World Environment Day celebrations, being hosted by the Government of Barbados, the Minister responsible for the Environment, Dr. The Honourable Denis Lowe unveiled the findings of a joint study calling for a roadmap to drive the country’s green economy plans forward. In the foreword to the study, the Prime Minister The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart Q.C., M.P., said: “The issue of green economy is of particular importance to Barbados given our national commitment to advancing an inclusive sustainable development paradigm – in the pr

‘The future starts now,’ Ban says at launch of UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

Launching the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed modern energy services as the source of profound and life-changing opportunities – for the poorest communities and the richest investors – and urged generating the innovative ideas and vital partnerships to wholly transform the global energy landscape. “We are here because we understand that sustainable energy is central to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda,” the UN chief told the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, which opened yesterday in New York and wraps up tomorrow, aiming to generate momentum for Mr. Ban’s eponymous 2011 initiative that brings together go

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