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  >> UN Environment calls on governments and business to promote, protect and respect environmental rights
>> World looks to nature-based solutions for urgent water challenges
>> Historic agreement signed to protect the worlds largest tropical peatland
>> Clean Air for a Sustainable Future UNECE Air Convention community discusses prospects for further action

31.3.2018 UN Environment calls on governme

UN Environment calls on governments and business to promote, protect and respect environmental rights


Source:, 2018-03-06

UN Environment is taking a stand against the ongoing threats, intimidation, harassment, and murder of environmental defenders around the world, with the launch of the UN Environmental Rights Initiative in Geneva.

By helping people to better understand their rights and how to defend them, and by assisting governments to better safeguard environmental rights, the Initiative will bring environmental protection nearer to the people. UN Environment is also calling upon the private sector to move beyond a culture of basic compliance to one where the business community champions the rights of everyone to a clean and healthy environment.

Since the 1970s, environmental rights have grown more rapidly than any other human right. And increasingly, these rights are being invoked and upheld. Courts in at least 44 nations have issued decisions enforcing the constitutional right to a healthy environment.

Those who struggle to protect planet and people should be celebrated as heroes, but the sad fact is that many are paying a heavy price with their safety and sometimes their lives. Its our duty to stand on the side of those who are on the right side of history. It means standing for the most fundamental and universal of human rights, Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment said.

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31.3.2018 World looks to nature-based solu

World looks to nature-based solutions for urgent water challenges


Source:, 2018-03-21

As more than 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and more than double that number lack access to safe sanitation, the international community is drawing attention to nature-based solutions for the water challenges of the 21st century on this World Water Day.

The theme of this years commemoration highlights the unique and fundamental role that nature-based solutions play in regulating the water cycle, keeping freshwater clean and improving the water security of our water cycles.

With the global population continuing to grow rapidly, demand for water is expected to increase by nearly one-third by 2050, while our freshwater ecosystems are degrading at an alarming rate 64-71% of the natural wetland area worldwide has been lost due to human activity in the last century. Furthermore, water pollution has worsened in almost all rivers in Africa, Asia and Latin America since the 1990s

We need to deal with the water paradox, said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, calling attention to the need to work together towards a solution for our water challenge. Water is the essence of life, but we don't save it enough. Its time to change mindsets, its not about development versus the environment.


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31.3.2018 Historic agreement signed to pro

Historic agreement signed to protect the worlds largest tropical peatland


Source:, 2018-03-23

In an unprecedented move to protect the Cuvette Centrale region in the Congo Basin, the worlds largest tropical peatlands, from unregulated land use and prevent its drainage and degradation, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo and Indonesia jointly signed the Brazzaville declaration that promotes better management and conservation of this globally important carbon store

There is a lot at stake in the protection of these peatlands: the equivalent of three years of global greenhouse gas emissions are stored in the Congo Basin, emissions that could be released if the peatlands are degraded or the natural wetlands drained.

To preserve the future of these valuable natural peatlands which are about the size of England, and were only mapped scientifically in their entirety for the first time last year the DRC and the Republic of Congo established a transboundary collaboration agreement. The agreement noted the importance of good land use and infrastructure planning that takes the nature of peatlands into account.

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31.3.2018 Clean Air for a Sustainable Futu

Clean Air for a Sustainable Future UNECE Air Convention community discusses prospects for further action


Source:, 2018-03-26

Air pollution is not only a regional issue, but it affects countries worldwide and emissions from one country can travel thousands of kilometers to impact local air quality in another country.

To discuss remaining concerns, new challenges, including the global dimension of the air pollution issue, and emerging topics in the field of air pollution, about 300 policymakers from the UNECE region and beyond, experts and scientists met in Gothenburg, Sweden (19-21 March 2018), for a workshop on Clean Air for a Sustainable Future Goals and Challenges.

Organized by the by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute in close collaboration with the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention), the workshop focused on themes of relevance for both science and policy and included sessions on clean cities, clean air globally, the way forward in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, air pollution effects on ecosystems and the link to climate, and sectors, sources and solutions for further emission reductions.

The recommendations include the need to exert more pressure in sectors where such measures are currently lagging behind, such as agriculture, international shipping and household solid fuel burning, and to clarify how various international organisations can collaborate more effectively. These recommendations will provide further input to the update of the long-term strategy that Convention Parties are currently discussing.





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