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Kenya still at risk despite UN plastics nod – Greenpeace

Plastic pollution

In the lead up to the UN summit being held in Nairobi, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has named Kenya as an emerging leader in the fight against plastic pollution and among the first countries in East Africa to sign the Clean Seas initiative. Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: Kenya banned the ...

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UNEP calls for better human waste management in Africa

Habib El-Habr

The UN Environment (UNEP) on Thursday, November 19, 2020 called for better human waste management in Africa, saying poor sanitation poses major health, environmental and socioeconomic risks in many African countries. Habib El-Habr, coordinator of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) at UNEP A joint study by UNEP and the ...

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80% of air quality in Africa is bad – UNEP

vehicular pollution

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has urged African governments to intensify efforts towards adoption of cleaner energy sources, noting that 80 per cent of air quality in the continent was bad. Vehicular pollution Mrs Jane Akumu, Programme Manager, Air Quality and Mobility Unit, UNEP, made the disclosure on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 while speaking at the ongoing Virtual Oil Trading and Logistics ...

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Used car exports from developed countries cause air pollution, says UN

Used cars

A report by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) published on Monday, October 26, 2929 said millions of used vehicles exported from Europe, U.S. and Japan to developing world contribute significantly to air pollution. Used cars for sale in Lagos UNEP said in the report that the exported cars, vans and minibuses are of poor quality and as a result hinder ...

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Nations increasing climate resilience through natural solutions


As countries around the world seek to adapt and build resilience to the impacts of a changing climate – a key pillar of the Paris Climate Change Agreement – an adaptation strategy rooted in protecting and restoring natural ecosystems is gaining traction. Mangroves: Ecosystem-based projects in Mauritius and Senegal are restoring magroves against sea rise Known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), it protects vulnerable communities ...

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Banks, UN seek to promote climate transparency in financial markets

Erik Solheim

Together with the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), 11 of the world’s leading banks announced on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 a commitment to develop analytical tools and indicators to strengthen their assessment and disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities. Following the publication last month of the final recommendations by the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial ...

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Fresh ratifications as Minamata celebrates Convention’s entry into force


In the past couple of days, three countries ratified the Minamata Convention, even as indications emerged that the entry of the global treaty into force will be commemorated next week. On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Thailand became the latest nation to endorse the mercury accord when it deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the Convention’s 66th future Party. Previously, ...

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Austria ratifies Minamata Convention

Alexander Van der Bellen

The Government of Austria on Monday, 12 June 2017, deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 57th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This is coming a few days after the West African nation of Niger on Friday, June 9 ratified the global accord, and making it the 56th country to do so. Hitherto, Finland on Thursday, June 1 ...

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Finland ratifies Minamata Convention

Sauli Väinämö Niinistö

The Government of Finland on Thursday, June 1, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 55th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This comes just a day after Slokavia on Wednesday, May 31 endorsed the mercury accord. Prior to that, the twin island nation of St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 had ratified the Convention, ...

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Indonesia: Communities form part of discussions to address peatland concerns

Emmanuela Shinta-GLF-Peatlands

Communities from peatland regions around Indonesia on Thursday, May 18, 2017 joined a global forum in Jakarta on solving the problems they are facing, and to share experiences for those facing similar problems around the world. Local communities were at the centre of discussions among policy makers, scientists, business leaders, civil society representatives and others at the “Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands ...

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