The UN Global Compact issued recommendations for urgent political action to keep global ocean-related supply chains moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations are work of the COVID-19 Task Force, initiated by the UN Global Compact’s Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business.
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Although emissions have been reduced amid the drop of transportation activity brought by COVID-19, the world “will not fight climate change with a virus”, noted UN chief António Guterres while speaking at the launch of a wide-ranging UN climate report in New York in early March.
The UN issued a report examining how far the world has really come in terms of gender equality and women empowerment, since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 25 years ago. The report finds faltering progress and highlights a lack of effective action to boost women’s representation in key decision-making.
In light of the global issue of marine plastic litter, IMO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) shake their hands and inked an agreement in order to prevent and reduce marine plastic litter coming from shipping and fisheries.
In efforts to achieve gender equality on a global scale, the United Nations issued a report, revealing that according to 2019’s data, fewer companies had been setting goals and targets to achieve equality, while even more companies have been reporting progress.
After a two-day preparatory meeting in New York ahead of June’s UN Ocean Conference in Portugal, earlier in February, activists handed over what they termed “A Blue Call to Action” for safeguarding the ocean to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Greenpeace Southeast Asia partnered with the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), revealing that the global cost of air pollution from fossil fuels has reached an estimated US$8 billion per day, or 3.3% of the world’s GDP.
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, highlighted the challenges the planet faces today and stated that climate change is running faster than the people trying to tackle it.
As the efforts for protecting and improving the environment escalate, UN’s Secretary General António Guterres gathered leaders on 23 September for the Climate Action Summit with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.
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