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Approximately three billion people, almost 40 per cent of the world’s population, cannot afford a healthy diet and another one billion people would join their ranks should further unpredictable events reduce incomes by one-third, the UN food agency said,

Long on the margins of both scholarly and policy concerns, the countries of the West African Sahel have recently attracted world attention, primarily as a key battleground in the global 'war on terror'. This book moves beyond this narrow focus, providing a multidimensional and interdisciplinary…

Marking COP26 Nature Day, the British Academy has published two briefings and supported two digital maps examining how nature-based solutions can help address the climate and biodiversity crises, contribute to human wellbeing and help build an inclusive and sustainable economy.

Across Africa, the world’s longest wall is being built. Not a wall to keep immigrants out or oppressed people in. Rather, a wall to unlock the potential of millions of people in the Sahel. This is the Great Green Wall – an African-led initiative that the entire international community should throw…

More countries are rightly recognising nature as a climate hero, as there is no pathway to limit global warming to 1.5°C without protecting and restoring nature.

The annual Report provides UN system-wide data on the environmental impact areas and management functions identified in the Strategy for Sustainability Management in the United Nations System 2020-2030, Phase I: Environmental Sustainability in the Area of Management. The SUN team are excited to…

Ranchers and conservationists, once unlikely allies, are teaming up to preserve grasslands, which act as a carbon dioxide sink that could support climate goals.

Combatting the climate crisis requires us to rapidly transform the systems that propel our economy, including power generation, buildings, industry, transport, land use, and agriculture—as well as scaling up carbon removal technologies. But by how much? And how can decision-makers unlock the…

Global leaders, hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta, spoke at the launch of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) “State and Trends in Adaptation in Africa Report 2021 – How Adaptation Can Make Africa Safer, Greener and More Prosperous in a Warming World” (STA21) to call for COP26 and development…

WRI’s Land & Carbon Lab harnesses the data revolution to monitor the pulse of the planet’s land and its nature-based carbon. We provide decision-makers everywhere with the information they need to address the global land squeeze – to combat climate change, protect biodiversity, and improve people’s…

Methane emissions are the second largest contributor to global warming. The gas has a global warming potential over 80 times that of carbon dioxide over a 20-year horizon. It contributes 31% of the net warming impact of all well-mixed green-house gas emissions. Anthropogenic methane emissions…

Asia Remains World’s Growth Driver, Though Uncertainty Remains High Asia continues to offer the greatest support for the global recovery this year, though headwinds from the resurgent pandemic have dimmed the outlook somewhat. The Asia-Pacific economy will rebound from last year’s contraction with 6…

Europe's Recovery: Recalibration and Reallocation An increasingly resilient recovery is taking hold in Europe, buttressed by gradual increases in vaccination rates and mobility. The Regional Economic Outlook for Europe now forecasts 5.2 percent growth for advanced economies and 6 percent for…

Latin America's Long and Winding Road to Recovery The outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean shows that an initial rebound in economic activity was stronger than expected as lockdowns were gradually eased; however, the recovery has been uneven and incomplete. Real GDP is projected to grow by 6…

Sub-Saharan Africa: One Planet, Two Worlds, Three Stories The world remains in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic and a seemingly accelerating pace of climate change, both of which underscore the need for increased global cooperation and dialogue. Solutions to these global problems must involve all…

Tradeoffs for Transformation in the Middle East and Central Asia Since the beginning of this year, the Middle East and North Africa region has made good progress and the recovery is ongoing despite the new outbreaks. Yet, the recovery is uneven, incomplete, and fragile. In the Middle East and North…

The ESA WorldCover Team has announced the successful development of a new baseline global land cover product at 10m resolution that is developed and validated in almost near-real time and at the same time maximizes the impact and uptake for the end users.

The information is part of the Global Map of Salt-Affected Soils, a new tool launched this Wednesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Sustainable Land Management has a central role to play in all the eight United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration ecosystems, through combatting land degradation but also by generating multiple co-benefits including climate change mitigation, resilience, improved biodiversity and enhanced…

Africa's Great Green Wall initiative is an ambitious effort to promote large-scale land restoration benefiting both people and the environment. The socio-economic impact of large-scale restoration interventions is assessed through household surveys of beneficiary rural communities. This study…

The Climate Transparency Report is the world’s most comprehensive annual review of G20 countries’ climate action and their transition to a net-zero emissions economy. Developed by experts from 16 partner organisations from the majority of the G20 countries, the report informs policy makers and…

This is the first comprehensive update of the production gap analysis since our 2019 assessment. The report also contrasts net-zero commitments and fossil fuel production plans and explores how governments worldwide are supporting fossil fuel production through their policies, investments, Covid-19…

The Great Green Wall Accelerator is pleased to release its first technical brief, informing the public about its mission, and providing updates from its financial and technical partners. The Great Green Wall Accelerator was announced in January 2021, during the One Planet Summit with the aim to…

Three areas of the world suffer from the greatest risk of societal collapse as a result of food insecurity, lack of water, population growth and the impacts of natural disasters. The Sahel-Horn belt of Africa, from Mauritania to Somalia; the Southern African belt, from Angola to Madagascar; the…

This report by New Climate Institute, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) provides an overview of projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 26 major emitting countries and regions up to 2030 under currently…