COVID-19 updates from UNEP

Featured here are selected updates showing examples of how the United Nations Environment Programme works to facilitate the rapid sharing of best practices, new ideas, technology and environmental innovations that will drive sustainable development and promote COVID-19 economic recovery plans that take nature and the climate emergency into account.
The latest COVID-19 related stories, reports, factsheets and publications from UNEP can be found here.
 

27 Sep
2021
10:01

Activism from the Outside: A Conversation with Wanjira Mathai

When: 29 September, 2021 | 8:00 EDT, 15:00 EAT, 14:00 CET, 12:00 UTC
Where: Online, Register here
To explore the questions over the year that commemorates UNEP’s 50th anniversary in 2022, the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston convenes a series of conversations with leaders around the world who have shaped UNEP’s history. Guests will engage with the new book by Center Director Prof. Maria Ivanova, The Untold Story of the World’s Leading Environmental Institution: UNEP at Fifty. 
For our third dialogue, Dr. Maria Ivanova will be joined by the Vice President & Regional Director for Africa at the World Resources Institute, Wanjira Mathai, to discuss environmental activism and leadership outside of the UN system. In addition to her work at WRI, Mathai is Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and formerly chaired the Green Belt Movement, a tree-planting initiative founded by her mother Wangari Maathai. With over 20 years of advocacy and activism experience, Mathai has helped raise the profile of numerous causes and championed environmental action in Kenya and East Africa.
 

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21 Sep
2021
17:59

Better COVID recovery needs peace with each other and with nature

The theme of #PeaceDay this year is: “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.” To recover better from #COVID19, we must make peace with each other and with nature. Please join us in spreading compassion, kindness and hope.https://t.co/a4KeW7oGUG pic.twitter.com/dwFtoZlpOU
— Joyce Msuya (@JoyceMsuya) September 21, 2021

 

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13 Sep
2021
18:01

Launch of UN Women’s Feminist Plan for Sustainability & Social Justice

UN Women is launching a new flagship report, “Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice”, which calls for governments to ensure the COVID-19 recovery shapes a more gender equal and sustainable world. 
The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to three urgent crises – on jobs, care and the environment – that undermine gender equality and threaten the survival of people and planet.
The need for a plan to recover and transform economies has never been clearer. Drawing on the latest available data and the contributions of more than 100 global experts, The Plan provides a vision and calls for action in three key areas: 
An economy that supports women’s livelihoods. The vulnerability of women’s jobs has been brutally revealed during the pandemic. Urgent action is needed to strengthen social protection systems and move women out of the informal economy.
Putting care at the centre of a sustainable and just economy. The world has recognized care work as ‘essential’ in this crisis. Now is the moment to back that recognition with policies to properly support and reward that work.
Gender-just transitions for a green future. New green jobs for women, and investments in sustainable energy and agriculture will be critical to set economies on more equitable and sustainable paths.
When: Thursday September 16, 9.00 – 10.30am EDT
Where:  The virtual event will be held on Zoom and will be accompanied by translation (English, Spanish, French) and closed captioning. Please register at https://bit.ly/3tokyW4.
 

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11 Aug
2021
11:03

Time to get serious about climate change. On a warming planet, no one is safe.

Photo by Unsplash/Thomas EhlingInger Andersen, in her speech delivered at the press conference to launch the Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC’s new report titled “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis,” made the following statements:
“Thank you to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the authors and everyone involved in this latest climate alarm. Your work is particularly appreciated given the disruption COVID-19 has caused. 
You have been telling us for over three decades of the dangers of allowing the planet to warm. The world listened, but it didn’t hear. The world listened, but it didn’t act strongly enough. As a result, climate change is a problem that is here, now. Nobody is safe. And it is getting worse faster. 
We can’t undo the mistakes of the past. But this generation of political and business leaders, this generation of conscious citizens, can make things right. This generation can make the systemic changes that will stop the planet warming, help everyone adapt to the new conditions and create a world of peace, prosperity and equity. 
Climate change is here, now. But we are also here, now. And if we don’t act, who will?”
Read the full speech here.

Last updated at 11.03am EAT

23 Jul
2021
18:26

A green recovery in Africa is in the best interests of all

Photo: Unsplash/Anastasia PalagutinaInger Andersen made the following statements in a speech delivered at the Launch of  the African Union Green Recovery Action Plan by the African Union Commission:
“With a young, vibrant and innovative population, Africa has the potential to be a global economic powerhouse. The continent holds 30 per cent of the world’s mineral reserves. 65 per cent of its arable land. It has massive renewable energy sources. Undercapitalized fisheries resources. From oceans and lakes to rainforests and peatlands, this continent of many nations and peoples holds all the cards.
But the African dream is at risk. The COVID-19 linked recession has cost over 30 million jobs, driven poverty up and increased debt pressure. Meanwhile, environmental impacts – from climate extremes to biodiversity loss to pollution – are holding the continent back.
The best way to tackle these issues simultaneously is to prioritize green investments in COVID-19 recovery. Investments that back the sustainable use of resources. That back clean and efficient energy, and nature-based solutions. That support sustainable agricultural practices. That create green and resilient cities. This is why AU’s Green Recovery Action Plan is so welcome.”
Read the full speech here.

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19 Jul
2021
09:09

Food systems hold key to ending world hunger

Photo: UNEP/Igor Riabchuk Among the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN has noted a dramatic increase in world hunger. According to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World published in July 2021, one tenth of the global population – as many as 811 million people – were undernourished in 2020, an increase of 118 million from 2019.
Recognizing the urgency of the hunger crisis, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres will convene the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021. In advance of the event, we spoke to UNEP Programme Manager, James Lomax about the challenges and opportunities to transform food systems and end hunger by 2030.
Have a look here.

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09 Jul
2021
18:45

Prevention versus cure: the climate and health agendas

Photo: Unsplash/Xavier Coiffic
The COVID-19 pandemic cost a lot of lives and caused hardships globally. But the sad reality is however terrible COVID-19 has been, the triple planetary crisis of climate change, of nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste, will amplify public health challenges, almost beyond comprehension.
“As climate becomes warmer and weather patterns shift, diseases will travel further and faster. As the IPCC noted, factoring in climate change would increase the number of people at risk of malaria in 2050 to 1.95 billion. This is 200 million more than if disease control efforts were not opposed by higher temperatures and shifts in rainfall patterns. A rapidly melting permafrost will unleash diseases buried for hundreds of years.  And as the recent heatwaves in Canada, have revealed, climate impacts are leaving no country untouched,” said Inger Andersen in her speech delivered at ‘Public Health from Climate-Related Threats’, on the margins of the 2021 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
She added, “The choices we make in pandemic recovery and in our everyday lives, can save millions of lives and billions of dollars each year, preserve the natural world and take us all, together, into a greener and healthier future. So let us all choose wisely.”
Read the full speech here.

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06 Jul
2021
19:08

Report on preventing the next pandemic

On #WorldZoonosesDay, learn about the drivers of zoonotic pandemics risk from our 2020 report with @ILRI ⬇️https://t.co/0vx4QyRmfT pic.twitter.com/TFHwpnpwM7
— UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) July 6, 2021

 

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05 Jul
2021
17:35

Tourism in a pandemic world: tackling plastic pollution

Photo: Unsplash/Dhaya Eddine BentalebWith vaccination programmes underway, many countries are now poised to welcome travellers – and are more than ready to compensate for the recent decline in tourism revenue.
Alongside climate change and biodiversity loss, pollution is part of the triple planetary crisis the world now faces. Every year, humans produce 300 million tonnes of plastic waste, including 11 million tonnes that eventually wind up in the ocean.
Add to this the unanticipated impact of COVID-19 – from the volumes of protective equipment the world now uses and discards every day to the interruption of policies asserting the use of single-use plastic products in the first place. It is a perfect – plastic – storm.
As travel becomes easier, we must use the opportunity to do better and preserve and restore pristine destinations for the health of people and planet for years to come. Rethinking our habits – particularly our use of single-use plastic products is not a matter of change at one hotel or even in one industry. Instead, it requires the support of every stakeholder, from governments, policymakers, business owners and consumers.
Explore the link between plastic and tourism, and how tourism can be a catalyst for positive change.

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05 Jul
2021
10:59

COVID-19 recovery centre at Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2021

The #COVID19 health crisis has put a spotlight on the need for resilience against emerging risks & collaboration to solve pressing challenges.#ClimateWeekAP is poised to accelerate collaboration & integrate #ClimateAction into recovery efforts. Register: https://t.co/MfY9k2d6xb pic.twitter.com/V0jKKjFI0Z
— UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) June 30, 2021

 

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02 Jul
2021
16:36

Op-ed: Time for action beyond Twitter hashtags as poor rains threaten food production

Photo: Unsplash/Matt PalmerThe entire Horn of Africa, including 13 million people, is affected by droughts. These effects are recurring also across the Sahel and the entire continent. Africa faces the second-highest cost of degradation at USD 65 billion each year. Cumulatively, the global economy is losing up to USD 10.6 trillion annually because of land degradation.
Changing course should go beyond righteous outrage. A new UN Special Report on Droughts calls for shifting from reactive approaches to addressing the root drivers of drought. As UN Secretary-General  António Guterres says, “land can be our greatest ally”, though currently, it’s “suffering.” Restorative action yields a fortune. Every one dollar invested in restoration creates up to USD 30 in economic benefits.
With collective action, we can become #GenerationRestoration. After all, both the impact and the pleasure of working together with minds and hands is always greater than going alone. Our own actions may also propel politicians to live up to their global commitments to restore one billion hectares. As President Obama once said, political leaders will only take risks if the people push them.
Read Joyce Msuya’s full op-ed here.

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30 Jun
2021
17:44

Join us and Pause today

Today we invite you to join us in the fight against misinformation and post a Pause symbol on your social accounts.
We are asking our network and the whole world to Pause to spread awareness and encourage a new action of pausing before sharing online. Below you will find a pause symbol you can download and share on your social media alongside the hashtag: #PledgetoPause

Right now, misinformation is spreading faster than the virus itself, prolonging the pandemic, disrupting public health efforts and ultimately costing lives. 
Verified’s Pause campaign asks people to stop and think for a moment before sharing online. Research shows that this simple action can reduce the spread of harmful misinformation.
Today we ask you to share the Pause symbol across your social platforms and #PledgetoPause before you share online.
 

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21 Jun
2021
20:27

New episode: The Green Renaissance podcast

The latest episode of one-UN PAGE’s The Green Renaissance podcast was released on Friday 18 June, 2021.
“Episode 6: Are We Building Back Better?” has been led by UNEP colleagues, and (as the title suggests) builds on the key findings from UNEP and Oxford University’s recently published Building Back Better report. It features an open debate between UNEP’s own Steven Stone, the report’s lead author Brian O’Callaghan (Oxford University), Jean-Paul Adam (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) and Katja Funke (IMF).
Have a listen on Spotify, Google Podcast or YouTube.

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16 Jun
2021
19:44

UN Environment Management Group Dialogue on post-pandemic recovery

Take a look at the EMG Dialogues on post-#Covid19 recovery, with ideas, concepts and regional success stories that can support #G7 “shared agenda for global action to #buildbackbetter”👉https://t.co/iyFw1zcEAu pic.twitter.com/tURT0vjgDg
— United Nations Environment Management Group (@UN_EMG) June 16, 2021

 

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11 Jun
2021
20:01

Latin America and the Caribbean: missing the chance to invest in a sustainable recovery?

Photo: PixabayA new platform showcasing real-time data from 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean has revealed that the region lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to environmentally sustainable post-COVID-19 spending.
To date, according to the Tracker, a higher proportion of the region’s recovery budget has been spent on unsustainable sectors (USD 7.4 billion) than on environmentally-sustainable initiatives (USD 1.5 billion). 74 per cent of environmentally-negative spending has been directed to fossil energy infrastructure, and 13 per cent to unsustainable port and airport infrastructure, which is expected to lead to an increase in carbon emissions.
Piedad Martin, Acting Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean said, “In order to transition to more sustainable and inclusive economies, nations in the region must build from this good start of tracking to further align their development priorities with green recovery.”
More here.
 

 

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20 May
2021
16:35

New international expert panel to address the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases

Photo: Pixabay / M. Maggs International organizations have come together to launch a new One Health High-Level Expert Panel to improve understanding of how diseases with the potential to trigger pandemics, emerge and spread.
The panel will advise four international organizations, including UNEP, on the development of a long-term global plan of action to avert outbreaks of diseases like H5N1 avian influenza; MERS; Ebola; Zika, and, possibly, COVID-19. Three quarters of all emerging infectious diseases originate in animals.
The panel will consider the impact of human activity on the environment and wildlife habitats. Critical areas will include food production and distribution; urbanization and infrastructure development; international travel and trade; activities that lead to biodiversity loss and climate change; and those that put increased pressure on the natural resource base – all of which can lead to the emergence of zoonotic diseases.
More on this here.

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05 May
2021
16:53

Recovery packages should consider antimicrobial resistance

As countries expand #COVID19 stimulus packages, we must fold in measures to address antimicrobial resistance. Great to join @miaamormottley @DrTedros @FAODG @MoniqueEloit at the Global Leaders Group. @UNEP committed to deepening understanding of environmental dimensions of #AMR. pic.twitter.com/7gGiT16PWM
— Inger Andersen (@andersen_inger) May 5, 2021

 

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03 May
2021
13:01

Fasting, feasting and food waste in West Asia

The UNEP Regional Office for West Asia launches a campaign to raise awareness to reduce food waste during Ramadan, foster behaviour change, and boost sustainable action. Research shows that significant food waste is generated during social and religious occasions globally, and West Asia is no exception – with household food waste estimated to range from 75 to 163 kg/cap year in the region (UNEP 2021).
With celebrations most likely to take place at home this year, mindful consumption and waste prevention is now of the utmost importance. Over 10 per cent of people worldwide are hungry – a number that is expected to rise sharply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sustainable Ramadan campaign calls on those marking this holy month to adopt these sustainable living tips:
Shop carefully and sustainably
Swap animal protein for plant-based options when possible
Cook creatively and discover leftover recipes
Plan meals ahead of time and control portions
Reduce single-use packaging (order takeaways without cutlery) and use reusable shopping bags. 
 

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30 Apr
2021
14:02

Report: The world’s forests are at risk

Some 1.6 billion people worldwide depend directly on forests for food, shelter, energy, medicines & income.
A @UN report finds progress in protecting the world’s forests is at risk due to the devastating impacts of #COVID19 & the planetary crises we face: https://t.co/7qcR1GvHLb pic.twitter.com/0hBqKwTkdx
— Joyce Msuya (@JoyceMsuya) April 26, 2021

 

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29 Apr
2021
13:21

UNDP study analyzes COVID impact on the SDGs

Image: UNDPUNDP is delighted to share a new study, which analyzes COVID impact on the Sustainable Development Goals by modelling three potential recovery scenarios for 2030 and 2050.
The study assesses the multi-dimensional effects of the pandemic and pathways for SDG progress, focusing on the 68 countries with low or medium human development (as per the 2020 Human Development Index).
This study can support governments and partners to practically plot evidence based, high impact policy choices for the long-term. All findings and raw data, which are searchable per country and region, and which can be used to craft advocacy messages, are open and available to anyone via UNDP’s COVID-19 Data Futures Platform. 

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28 Apr
2021
16:02

#Nitrogen4NetZero

#Nitrogen4NetZero is a developing international initiative that highlights the need for sustainable nitrogen management as part of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Net Zero will be impossible to achieve without action on nitrogen. At the same time, reducing nitrogen pollution offers multiple win-wins across sustainable development for air, water, biodiversity, stratospheric ozone depletion, soils, food and the economy.
More on this here.
 

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27 Apr
2021
17:34

Collaborative Partnership on Forests calls for halt to deforestation

Photo: James Ekwam / UN-REDDThe Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a group of 15 international organizations working on forestry, on 27 April 2021 issued a joint statement highlighting the need to halt the destruction of the world’s forests.
The CPF statement outlines how the COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional pressure on forest resources and may result in a significant increase in deforestation. Healthy forests are essential to building back better and are also key in decreasing the risk of future zoonotic diseases, according to the statement.
The statement aims to build momentum for forests ahead of the upcoming launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration on World Environment Day (5 June) and the UN Climate Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow later this year.
More here.
 

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26 Apr
2021
21:02

Addressing COVID-19 for the Environment: Defining Green Recovery

Photo: UNEPOn 27 April, 2021 starting 8 AM EDT/2 PM CEST, the UN Environment Management Group (EMG), in close collaboration with UNEP and other partners will hold the first of a 3-part series of virtual Nexus Dialogues on Addressing COVID-19 for the Environment.
The introductory dialogue Defining Green Recovery aims at pushing the needle forward to frame the rest of the series through stronger operationalization, to effectively monitor, evaluate and verify the impact of recovery and stimulus measures on environmental outcomes.
Two other dialogues will follow on Financing Green Recovery (4 May 2021) and Regional Nexus Approaches to Building Back Better (15 June 2021).
More about the event here.

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24 Apr
2021
19:11

Energy transition a key driver of the COVID-19 economic recovery in Panama

Our 🆕 study⬇️In Panama, integrating the energy ⚡️ transition as part of the post-#COVID19 stimulus & recovery plans will trigger significant benefits, not only for the environment & human health, but also for the economy.#BuildBackGreener https://t.co/oRll2BbfGA
— UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) April 23, 2021

 

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22 Apr
2021
10:23

Webinar: Effective Management Practices for COVID-19 related Healthcare Waste

Cui Meng / The Global TimesWhen: 28 April 2021 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM UTC
Where: Online; register here
What: The adverse impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on human and planetary health will come from many sources, including a spike in hazardous waste – such as personal protective equipment, electronics and pharmaceuticals, millions of litres of wastewater and massive use of detergents, disinfectants and antimicrobial solutions, etc. The most immediate challenge facing national and local authorities is how to manage and dispose of the waste produced in hospitals and healthcare facilities handling COVID-19 patients. This training session, aimed at environmental experts, covers the issues to be considered in COVID-19 related health care waste management, and practical approaches to effective health care waste management.
Agenda:
Welcome
Moderator: Muralee Thummarukudyil
Michael Cowing: Factors influencing COVID-19 related healthcare waste management
Ida Eriksson: COVID-19 environmental risks regarding medical waste: Sudan experience
BR Ravishankar: Medical waste management – strengthening regulatory framework
Q&A
Closing remarks

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13 Apr
2021
16:12

Reducing public health risks associated with the sale of live wild animals of mammalian species in traditional food markets

Photo: Unsplash/James Wainscoat To reduce the public health risks associated with the sale of live wild animals for food in traditional food markets, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have issued guidance on actions that national governments should consider adopting urgently with the aim of making traditional markets safer and recognizing their central role in providing food and livelihoods for large populations.
In particular, WHO, OIE and UNEP call on national competent authorities to suspend the trade in live caught wild animals of mammalian species for food or breeding purposes and close sections of food markets selling live caught wild animals of mammalian species as an emergency measure when effective regulations are not in place or risk assessments are not adequate.
This document focuses on the risk of disease emergence in traditional food markets where live animals are sold for food. UNEP supports the sustainable use of wild animals that contributes to the conservation of biodiversity and is in line with national and international regulations regarding threatened and endangered species.
Click here for the guidance

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12 Apr
2021
17:43

#YouthLead: Young People in the Driver’s Seat to Build Back Better

We need young people in the driver’s seat to #RecoverBetter after #COVID19.
Find out how and hear youth speak at this year’s @UNECOSOC #Youth2030 Forum!
👉 https://t.co/1C544cTQNt pic.twitter.com/2xpM8kdZyE
— UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) April 8, 2021

 

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09 Apr
2021
17:57

Climate science for a sustainable post-pandemic recovery

Unsplash / Koes Nadi“It is only solidarity and science that will bring us out of this harrowing pandemic. And science as well as solidarity on the climate front will be critical to navigating the planet to a safe harbour for long-term sustainability,” said Inger Andersen, addressing the 53rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Read the full speech here.

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07 Apr
2021
08:13

‘One health’ approach critical to tackle health inequality and emerging diseases

Moritz Thibaud/ABACA via Reuters‘One Health’ is based on the understanding that human health and animal health are interdependent and linked to the health of the ecosystems in which they co-exist. 
It is a cross-cutting approach that carries out programmes, policies, legislation and research in which different sectors work together to achieve better public health outcomes.
Because about two-thirds of known human infectious diseases are shared with animals, and most emerging diseases are associated with wildlife, One Health has focused on the human-animal health nexus – including zoonoses and anti-microbial resistance, when exposure to antibiotics changes bacteria, making it more difficult to treat. 
Learn more about One Health.

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06 Apr
2021
12:02

Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa Covid-Climate Emergency

At 9:00 a.m., (NYC time) the United Nations Secretary-General delivered remarks at the Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa COVID-Climate Emergency, organized by the African Development Bank and the Global Center on Adaptation. The event was streamed live above.

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05 Apr
2021
20:08

Climate change crucial to COVID19 recovery

#COVID19 recovery can only be successful if it embraces ambitious #ClimateAction.
Massive sums of money are being mobilized to revitalize economies. It is vital that these investments advance the transition to renewable energy, create green jobs & promote green infrastructures.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 5, 2021

 

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25 Mar
2021
22:10

Equity must be at the heart of the future we want

#COVID19 knows no borders. So too must our response to ending the global pandemic. This means vaccines for all. #OnlyTogether can we end this crisis. Equity must be at the💚of the future we want. #RecoverBetter pic.twitter.com/vLIxUahjKi
— Inger Andersen (@andersen_inger) March 25, 2021

 

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15 Mar
2021
21:16

UN Secretary-General launches the “Only Together” campaign

As the world races to end the pandemic, no country can end it alone. Let’s work together so that all countries are sharing the vaccines fairly around the world. Let’s work together #ForNature towards a green recovery to avoid future pandemics.

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13 Mar
2021
19:37

Are we on track for a green recovery? Not Yet

Photo: PixabayOne year from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, recovery spending has fallen short of nations’ commitments to build back more sustainably: an analysis led by Oxford’s Economic Recovery Project and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) finds.
Professor of Environmental Economics at Oxford, Cameron Hepburn: “This report is a wake-up call. The data from the Global Recovery Observatory show that we are not building back better, at least not yet. We know a green recovery would be a win for the economy as well as the climate – now we need to get on with it.”
UNEP’s Executive Director, Inger Andersen: “Humanity is facing a pandemic, an economic crisis and an ecological breakdown – we cannot afford to lose on any front. Governments have a unique chance to put their countries on sustainable trajectories that prioritize economic opportunity, poverty reduction and planetary health at once – the Observatory gives them the tools to navigate to more sustainable and inclusive recoveries.”
Read more here.

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11 Mar
2021
16:18

GEO-6 for Youth: building back greener

Daily action can change market dynamics to achieve an environmentally sustainable world. Here are 5️⃣ ways you can get involved to help #BuildBackGreener from the #GEO6Youth report. Learn more: https://t.co/FsVdlSKtS8 pic.twitter.com/dtxU9SDly5
— UN Environment Programme (@UNEP) March 11, 2021

 

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10 Mar
2021
18:33

Are we building back better? New report and tracker seek answers

Report coverDuring a UN-Oxford panel discussion that happened on 10 March 2021, a major report and tracker were released. The report, Are We Building Back Better? Evidence from 2020 and Pathways for Inclusive Green Recovery Spending, provides an analysis of over 3500 fiscal policies announced by leading economies in 2020 and calls for governments to invest more sustainably and tackle inequalities as they stimulate growth in the wake of the devastation wrought by the pandemic.
The report draws evidence collected up to February 2021 on the Global Recovery Observatory, also launched at the event, which tracks and assesses every individual COVID-19 related fiscal spending policy announced by the 50 leading economies for potential impacts on the environment and the socio-economy.
The Observatory is an initiative led by the Oxford University Economic Recovery Project and supported by UNEP, the International Monetary Fund and GIZ through the Green Fiscal Policy Network.

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09 Mar
2021
09:00

2020 PAGE report and inclusive green recovery

Photo: Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) launched the 2020 Annual Report in February. The report highlights ongoing work in supporting inclusive, green economy transitions within 20 partner countries, across all eight funding partners and five UN agency partners, including UNEP.
In 2020, this work was highly adaptive, aligning with national priorities to support action plans for green economic recoveries and address the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.
More about PAGE and inclusive green recovery.

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08 Mar
2021
12:21

Post-COVID19 recovery plans cannot leave women behind

Post-#COVID19 recovery plans cannot leave women behind.
On #InternationalWomensDay, let us recommit to ensuring that environmental decision-making i.e. decisions we make #ForPeopleForPlanet include equally, the voices of women.#IWD2021 #ClimateAction @UNEP @INTGenderChamps pic.twitter.com/Mt9aygvFPL
— Inger Andersen (@andersen_inger) March 8, 2021

 

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05 Mar
2021
13:30

Sustainable infrastructure can drive development and COVID-19 recovery: UNEP report

Solar panels are installed on the roof of the United Nations in New York in 2019. Photo: UN Photo / Mark GartenZimbabwe has long struggled with crippling power outages, some of which can last up to 18 hours a day. The cuts have been especially hard on the country’s hospitals and clinics, forcing nurses to deliver b

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