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This report examines the link between water and migration, and the implications for economic development. The report is based on analysis of the largest data set on internal migration ever assembled, covering nearly half a billion people from 189 population censuses in 64 countries from 1960 to 2015…

Repurposing Agricultural Subsidies to Restore Degraded Farmland and Grow Rural Prosperity the new WRI report highlights how countries can shift a portion of their existing agricultural subsidies – around $400 billion each year – to close the finance gap for farmland restoration, boost farmer incomes…

Africa’s natural wealth underpins the continent’s current and future welfare. In addition to natural resources this wealth encompasses a broad range of benefits from nature to society. These ‘ecosystem services’ include clean water for growing cities, insect pollination for agriculture, medicinal…

‘The Climate Crisis is a Child Rights Crisis: Introducing the Children’s Climate Risk Index (CCRI), utilizes data to generate new global evidence on how many children are currently exposed to underlying vulnerabilities and climate and environmental hazards, shocks and stresses. The resulting index…

Climate change and extreme weather are threatening human health and safety, food, water and energy security and the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean. The impacts span the entire region, including Andean peaks, mighty river basins and low-lying islands, according to a new report from…

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. It recognizes the conservation and management of biological diversity is an integral part of the development process and is not simply a matter of protection. A revised and updated ten-year Strategic Plan…

Seizing the landscape opportunity to catalyse transformative biodiversity governance. PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency latest analysis in support of the CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework . This report is the result of a collaboration between PBL, The United Nations…

This report presents a synthesis of published and ongoing research by REACH which explores the relationship between water security, climate and climate adaptation decisions, drawing on findings from REACH research conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

At its first session, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) requested the United Nations System produce such a report on the state of the world’s indigenous peoples (SOWIP).

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, released today. Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of…

There are over 476 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries across the world, accounting for 6.2 per cent of the global population. Indigenous peoples are the holders of a vast diversity of unique cultures, traditions, languages and knowledge systems. They have a special relationship with…

Are you a young person acting to make the world a better place? Create a short film, share it online, join the global conversation. Air, water, and food. Clothes, medication and materials for construction and appliances. Energy to warm us, cool us, transport us and power our communications. Leisure…

“It is surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth”—Sir David Attenborough, BBC Planet Earth II, 2016.

Romario Valentine lives in Umhlanga, Durban and, like many boys his age, loves swimming, running and hockey, and dreams of being a sportsman. Unlike most children his age, however, Romario has done more than 166 beach clean-ups over the last four years and is an ambassador for several environmental…

Food waste has tremendous economic, social, and environmental consequences, but it is preventable. First-of-its-kind research on behalf of Champions 12.3 finds a robust business case for hotels to reduce this inefficiency

Conflict, COVID-19, climate crisis likely to drive higher levels of acute food insecurity in 23 hunger hotspots – new report. Efforts to fight a global surge in acute food insecurity are being stymied in several countries by fighting and blockades that cut off life-saving aid to families on the…

The world is facing a triple emergency of climate change, nature loss, and rising poverty and inequality. These interdependent emergencies do not just represent three pressing challenges to humanity; they are interconnected in their causes and consequences, but therefore also in their solutions. As…

A World Bank-funded project supporting Ningxia in northwest China in combatting desertification. Through the restoration of vegetation and ecological protection measures, the project addressed desertification challenges in more than 32,000 hectares of degraded, protected road and rail infrastructure…

The G20 Ministers in charge of Energy and Climate met in Naples on July 23rd, 2021, and adopted – for the first time – a joint final communiqué, which gives momentum to the common mission of the G20 Countries to preserve the global climate and ensure a clean and inclusive energy transition.

The goal of the UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 3 is to boost nature-positive food production at the scale needed to meet the fundamental human right to healthy and nutritious food, while at the same time restoring balance with nature. Together with farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, indigenous…

We, the G20 Environment Ministers, met in in person and remotely in Naples on 22nd of July 2021, commit to continue and increase our efforts to address the interconnected challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution as well as habitat loss degradation and fragmentation, invasive…

The SDGs edition gives a holistic view of where things currently stand, identifying opportunities and providing tangible ways to accelerate progress. It provides a framework to understand the complex interdependencies, highlights priorities and dilemmas, and, most importantly, offers solutions. It…

In recent years, several major drivers have put the world off track to ending world hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. The challenges have grown with the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures. This report presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and…

The new UN report on youth and agriculture underscores the urgent need to make agri-food systems more appealing to young people to secure the future of global food security and nutrition. Promoting youth engagement and employment in agriculture and food systems is a report by the Committee on World…

This report—Connecting the Dots: Policy Innovations for Food Systems Transformation in Africa—draws on the experience and at times visionary leadership of four African countries: Ghana, Malawi, Morocco, and Rwanda. It focuses on their policy and institutional innovations, which have moved the needle…