It’s UNGA Week and Germany Has Already Upped the Climate Ante

It’s UNGA Week and Germany Has Already Upped the Climate Ante

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Last week, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced the country would be implementing a new climate charter that calls for “increased state incentives for environmentally friendly businesses” and “more EU-wide policies” as Deutsche Welle (DW) reported. In addition, the charter declared that each year until 2050 will “see new […]

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Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity click button

Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

This week the United Nations released its 5th Outlook on Global Biodiversity. We sat down with Tanzanian diplomat Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Biodiversity Convention, to ask her about the report’s assessment that the world had failed to achieve the 2020 biodiversity goals and the prospect for achieving the ambitious target […]

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UN Biodiversity Targets Report Card: Incomplete at Best

UN Biodiversity Targets Report Card: Incomplete at Best

Yesterday the United Nations released another in its series of assessments on meeting global conservation targets, this one is a final report card on whether the world achieved the 20 global biodiversity targets set in 2010 with a 2020 deadline.  “If this were a school and these were tests, the world has flunked, said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

Why This Matters:  The report is another loudly ringing alarm bell that our current path is unsustainable — and we need to make a huge shift away from “business as usual” across a range of human activities. 

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One Cool Thing: Key UN Global Biodiversity Report Due Out Today click button

One Cool Thing: Key UN Global Biodiversity Report Due Out Today

Today the UN will release its latest scientific assessment on the state of the global environment — this one is on biodiversity, and specifically how well the world did in meeting its goal of protecting 10% of the planet by the end of this year.  The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) is also expected […]

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China Fishing Illegally in North Korean Waters According to New Investigation

China Fishing Illegally in North Korean Waters According to New Investigation

Using satellite monitoring technology and intelligence capabilities, an investigation by NBC News and Ian Urbina an author and former NY Times journalist, has uncovered massive fishing by a “dark” fleet in North Korean waters with deadly results for North Korean fishermen.

Why This Matters:  China is a member of the UN Security Council that in 2017 banned fishing in North Korean waters (which China used to pay to access) as part of sanctions it imposed after North Korea’s nuclear missile tests.  If it’s true (and the UN has an anonymous report corroborating China’s violations with evidence to back it up) it would be a serious breach of the UN’s security rules

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Global Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity Leaders Stress Their Work Continues Despite COVID

Global Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity Leaders Stress Their Work Continues Despite COVID

Elizabeth Cousins, President and CEO of the UN Foundation said yesterday that the next decade will be a decisive one for oceans, climate, and biodiversity, and a rare joint appearance by global scientists and diplomats made it clear that the United Nations is at the center of that work.

Why This Matters:  The most important leaders of United Nations efforts on the ocean, climate, and biodiversity appeared jointly in order to emphasize the point that their work continues as fervently as ever, despite the pandemic’s challenges.

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