23 Sep 2019 News Climate change

UNEP at the UN General Assembly highlights

UNEP's delegation is in New York City highlighting how governments, civil society, citizens can and should take ambitious action on the environment, climate and the Sustainable Development Goals. Day-to-day updates are being shared here.

For UNEP event recaps, report launches, press updates and more see here.

27 Sep 2019 15:38

Climate science is a health issue, an economic issue, a security issue. #ClimateChange is a human issue.


27 Sep 2019 15:37

Sustainable development summit a reminder of ‘the boundless potential of humanity’


27 Sep 2019 03:06

The 2019 Champions of the Earth awards ceremony streamed live

27 Sep 2019 01:42

The winners of the 2019 Champions of the Earth will be honoured today at the awards ceremony


27 Sep 2019 01:41

The 2019 Young Champions of the Earth will be honoured today at the awards ceremony


27 Sep 2019 00:31

Celebrating bold, young innovators acting on climate change

26 Sep 2019 21:13

Sign up today for the Global Landscapes Forum 2019: Restore the Earth

26 Sep 2019 19:18

Executive Director of the World Food Programme David Beasley speaks about climate, hunger and conflict


26 Sep 2019 19:04

Financing for sustainable development is a shared responsibility


26 Sep 2019 13:42

UNEP promotes sustainable, low-emission transport and works to reduce the sector’s contribution to air pollution and climate change.

More info: https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/transport


26 Sep 2019 13:21

“The World is in our Hands”

Photographer Justin Wu will be on hand at Thursday's Champions of the Earth and Young Champions of the Earth award ceremony taking more photos for "The World is in Our Hands" campaign. Info here: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/world-our-hands

top row: Alfre Woodard, Antonio Banderas, Evan Peters; middle row: Joaquin Phoenix, Rosario Dawson, Rainn Wilson, bottom row: Susan Sarandon, Michael Greyeyes, Madeline Brewer


26 Sep 2019 10:34

UNEP staff have been taking part in a number of "Global Landscapes Forum" events all week in NYC.

26 Sep 2019 09:26

Launch Event of the GO for SDGs Initiative

At the "Go for SDGs" event, Inger Andersen called for “rolling up our collective sleeves” to tackle implementation together. 

L-R: Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland; Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany and Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP


26 Sep 2019 08:30

The "Nature Climate Hub" events wrapped up a special rally at the Central Park Zoo.

See what else happened here: https://nature4climate.org/naturesclimatehub/

26 Sep 2019 08:22

Sustainable development summit a reminder of ‘the boundless potential of humanity’

This week's Sustainable Development Goals Summit focused highlighted the role of the SDGs as the "blueprint for a healthier planet and a more just world." Get the recap here.

UN Photo/Kim Haughton The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) painted onto the plaza at the Visitors Entrance to the United Nations. (19 September 2019)
UN Photo/Kim Haughton The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) painted onto the plaza at the Visitors Entrance to the United Nations. (19 September 2019)


26 Sep 2019 00:00

Healthy oceans: 5 opportunities for action

Photo by Anastasia Taioglou on Unsplash

"A healthy ocean is critical to achieving global targets to limit climate change." -- High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. 

25 Sep 2019 23:55

Clean air commitments made as part of UN Climate Action Summit activities

25 Sep 2019 20:58

Aidan Gallagher, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, speaks at the SDG Media Zone about the importance of reducing our environmental footprint


25 Sep 2019 18:47

UNEP celebrates 2019 Champions of the Earth

Thank you to all the journalists who are covering UNEP's announcement of the winners of the Champions of the Earth awards for 2019.

We are posting some of the stories on Flipboard.

Coverage of Champions of the Earth


25 Sep 2019 18:13

Moving on from the Climate Action Summit, researchers and scientists have new data to study from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


25 Sep 2019 17:21

Thanks to World Health Organization chief Dr. Tedros for calling attention to the need to Beat Air Pollution


25 Sep 2019 15:21

Denmark MFA ?? #UNGA on Twitter


25 Sep 2019 14:25

Faiths for Forests campaign launched at Climate Action Summit

Find out about the Faiths for Forests campaign, a new global faith-based movement of mobilization, education and advocacy around halting and reversing tropical deforestation.

Read more

25 Sep 2019 14:22

UNEP Is a supporting partner of Global Goals Week

Check out the full list of events here: https://globalgoalsweek.org/  


25 Sep 2019 10:54

Included in this prestigious group of strong public figures dedicated to peace, prosperity and the planet is UNEP Goodwill Ambassadaor Dia Mirza

More info on the SDG Advocates is here: https://www.unsdgadvocates.org/

25 Sep 2019 10:51

Did you know that UNEP leads the UN's Environmental Management Group which is meeting in New York City on Wednesday?

The "EMG" works under three pillars: collaboration on global environmental issues, supporting the Sustainable Development Goals and enhancing internal environmental and social sustainability. 

25 Sep 2019 09:23

Nature-based solutions were on display at UNDP's special "Equator Prize" event. Meet the winners here.


25 Sep 2019 03:57

The Cool Coalition turns cooling into a super solution for climate


24 Sep 2019 23:24

16 children file landmark complaint on the climate crisis to the UN child rights committee


24 Sep 2019 23:11

Inger Andersen highlights the need for efficient, climate-friendly cooling for all


24 Sep 2019 21:41

Meet the winners of the UN Environment Programme Young Champions of the Earth Award 2019

Visit our website to read about what motivates them to fight for a clean, healthy, thriving environment.

24 Sep 2019 20:46

130 leading banks commit to the Principles for Responsible Banking – a framework for a sustainable, climate-friendly banking system


24 Sep 2019 20:09

87 major companies have committed to align with the 1.5°C ambition


24 Sep 2019 19:32

Inger Andersen: "In the fight against climate change we need nature now more than ever."

Read how nature can be part of the solution in this opinion piece, published on Reuters on 24 September 2019.

24 Sep 2019 19:00

UNEP and Germany launch "Go for #SDGs" to accelerate and raise ambition for inclusive and sustainable societies.

24 Sep 2019 16:51

What is the climate leadership that inspires you?

Climate leadership is vital. A five-fold increase in climate action ambition and commitment will not necessarily be popular nor easy.  Those who hold the pen must dig deeper, fight harder and not just find their own way through but motivate others to do the same. What does it take? To find out we are asking inspiring leaders working in the climate space one simple question:  'What is The Climate Leadership That Inspires You'?

Read more

24 Sep 2019 15:53

BreatheLife – A global campaign for clean air

The BreatheLife campaign is proud to welcome into its ranks seven new governments that have made fresh commitments to demonstrate their dedication to bringing air quality to safe levels by 2030 and collaborate on the clean air solutions that will help the world get there faster. Read more

24 Sep 2019 13:53

New at UN Headquarters: Gandhi Solar Park and a green roof. A gift of India whose Prime Minister Narendra Modi was named UNEP Champion of the Earth in 2018


24 Sep 2019 12:34

Ghanaian singer, songwriter, producer and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador is at the UN this week


24 Sep 2019 11:36

Summit delivers major step up in national ambition and private sector actionon pathway to key 2020 climate deadline


24 Sep 2019 10:35

Check out: The Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Manifesto -- now online

24 Sep 2019 10:13

Actor, producer, entrepreneur, environmentalist and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Dia Mirza on the margins of the Climate Action Summit


24 Sep 2019 09:05

UNEP Champion of the Earth and Goodwill Ambassador calls attention to sustainable energy and action on climate change


23 Sep 2019 20:10

Inger Andersen at the high energy opening of Climate Action Summit


23 Sep 2019 14:03

Climate & Clean Air Coalition

Inger Andersen says reducing short-lived climate pollutants leads to tangible benefits that we can immediately see.


23 Sep 2019 14:02

Story: Climate connects everything

Climate change was top of the agenda at the Social Good Summit. Young thought leaders from all regions of the globe, including those honoured by the UN Environment Proramme (UNEP), spoke out on issues central to the climate crisis at the Social Good Summit. Read more

23 Sep 2019 14:02

Fridays for Future received the 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honour.


23 Sep 2019 14:01

Inger Andersen at the Unveling of #BreatheWithMe exhibit during #UNGA


23 Sep 2019 12:48

Youth Climate Summit

Secretary General António Guterres and actor & UN Goodwill Ambassador Aidan Gallagher

Aidan Gallagher and UN Secretary-General António Guterres LIVE at the #UNGA

"What's important in life is to learn how to learn - to adapt to the circumstances we face and do what we believe is right."

UN Secretary-General António Guterres talks #ClimateAction, the power of youth and life lessons with UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Aidan Gallagher at the #UNGA in New York.

Posted by UN Environment Programme on Sunday, September 22, 2019