Samoa Makes History with the First Green Pacific Games

They have been dubbed the “Miracle Games”. After the original host country withdrew, many were wondering if there would be a 16th iteration of the Pacific Games at all in 2019. Replacement host nation Samoa shouldered the impossible task of organizing the Games in only 18 months. Against all odds …

Plastic Bag Bans ‘Can Slash Air Pollution’

Plastic bag bans can not only cut down on marine waste and reduce damage to valuable ecosystems – they can also slash air pollution. That’s according to a new study published by UN Environment, which highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of air pollution, especially in …

UN and Google Team Up to Monitor Environmental Damage

UN Environment and Google have joined forces to monitor human impacts on the environment. They aim to establish a platform for open-source data and analysis of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and help governments, NGOs and the public track specific environment-related development targets. Countries will then be able to see …

Dell and General Motors Join Effort to Drive Out Ocean Plastics

A group of businesses led by the NGO Lonely Whale yesterday revealed plans to build the first commercial-scale ocean-friendly plastic supply chain, in the latest sign of the growing momentum behind efforts to tackle plastic waste. Supported by UN Environment, the NextWave initiative brings together global corporates including Dell, General …

Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2017

Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, UN Environment, UNDP, World Bank, IDB, OLADE, CAF and other partners, the tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together representatives from the private and public sectors to discuss the state of climate change mitigation in the region and engage with cooperation …

Environmental Security in a Changing World

In the lead-up to the G7 Summit, UN Environment in partnership with the Italian G 7 Presidency / Italian Ministry of Environment organized last week a High-level Dialogue and Press Briefing entitled “Environmental Security in a Changing World”. The event sheds light on the top environmental issues proposed for the …

There’s a Bold New Plan to Make Ocean Trash a Thing of the Past

The way things are going now, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. An ambitious United Nations campaign aims to stop this from happening. On Wednesday, UN Environment announced its #CleanSeas initiative at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia. The campaign focuses on two major …