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New coalition urges action to save coral reefs

A new coalition of inter-governmental organizations, international conservation organizations, and private foundations is converging in Egypt this week to send a message about the need for bold leadership to save coral reefs from near-extinction by mid-century.

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UN Environment convenes world’s insurers to assess intensifying climate change impacts

UN Environment’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has announced a partnership with 16 of the world’s largest insurers – representing around 10% of world premium and USD 5 trillion in assets under management – to develop a new generation of risk

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Billions to be gained in coral reef investment, new analysis shows

A new report, The Coral Reef Economy, has found that there are billions to be gained in investing in coral reef protection, preservation and enhancement. The report focused on two of the world’s major coral reef areas: the

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Health and environment: shaping a better future together in Africa

Shaping a better future together in Africa was discussed in the context of identifying emerging environmental threats to people’s health at the the Third Inter-ministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Libreville, Gabon, this month. African Ministers of health and

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Tracking progress on cutting food waste and losses

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In 2015, countries committed to the Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, calling on the world to cut food waste and losses in half by 2030. To put this goal in context – according to the FAO, one-third of the

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UN and Google collaborate to protect our planet

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UN Environment and Google have announced a global partnership that promises to change the way we see our planet. Combining environmental science, big data and unprecedented accessibility, this joint effort aims to expand what the world knows about the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems.
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SEED Award winners create solutions using technology and innovation

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Technology and innovation have the ability to provide solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges and vital components of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The SEED global partnership believes that the promotion of social and environmental enterprises is pivotal to a world of flourishing communities where entrepreneurship drives sustainable development. Through SEED's annual awards, grass roots eco innovators are supported and encouraged so that they can to scale their operations and provide replicable business models that can be used around the world.
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Pan African Research College on sustainable cities founded at Wits University, Johannesburg

A new Pan African Research College on Sustainable Cities has been established at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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Nature-based Solutions to the World’s Water Challenges

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Today is World Water Day and this year's theme 'Nature for Water' focuses on nature-based solutions to the world's water challenges. The 'answer is in nature' campaign aims to help raise awareness for nature-based solutions (NBS) such as tree planting to replenish forests, re-connecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands - as sustainable and cost-effective ways to help re-balance the water cycle, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve human health and livelihoods.
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Enter your Innovative Ideas to Transform the Cities of Our Future

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A new global competition is encouraging students and youth to submit their innovative urban solution ideas to help transform the cities of our future. The contest aims to identify the top solutions to specific challenges facing 24 cities around the world and the winning idea will receive a prize of £50,000 to assist with implementation. The competition 'The Cities for Our Future Challenge' is run by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) to mark its 150th anniversary and was launched in partnership with the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
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