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  • Mosul battle brings environmental damage, with serious impacts on health, prospects of recovery

    Mosul battle brings environmental damage, with serious impacts on health, prospects of recovery

    Civilians in Northern Iraq are falling victim to additional suffering - including near suffocation and respiratory illnesses - due to what appears to be a scorched-earth policy employed by retreating ISIL militants following the launch of a major ...

  • Op-Ed: Year of green finance nurturing economy

    Op-Ed: Year of green finance nurturing economy

    Finance ministers and central bank governors from G20 countries will meet in Shanghai under the leadership of the Chinese presidency. With so many issues on the table for the G20 to deliberate this year, it is telling that the Chinese presidency has ...

    Achim Steiner

  • Aligning the Financial Systems in the Asia Pacific Region to Sustainable Development

    Aligning the Financial Systems in the Asia Pacific Region to Sustainable Development

    Summary Adequate, appropriate finance is crucial for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific UN (ESCAP) estimates that the region needs to invest around US$2.5 ...

  • Reducing Mercury Impacts in Small-Scale Gold Mining

    Reducing Mercury Impacts in Small-Scale Gold Mining

    Despite knowing full well the dangers of mercury, millions of small-scale gold miners across the globe continue to use the metal to separate gold from ore - usually because they have little other choice. The mercury is mixed into ore and combines ...

  • From Conflict to Peacebuilding - The role of natural resources and the environment

    From Conflict to Peacebuilding - The role of natural resources and the environment

    Since 1990 at least eighteen violent conflicts have been fuelled by the exploitation of natural resources. In fact, recent research suggests that over the last sixty years at least forty percent of all intrastate conflicts have a link to natural ...

  • AFRICA: Atlas of our changing environment

    AFRICA: Atlas of our changing environment

    Africa is the second-largest continent on Earth after Asia and currently considered among the most strategic regions in terms of global development opportunities. With about 30 million square kilometres including adjacent islands and the Sahara, the ...

  • Cyanide Spill at Baia Mare - Assessment Mission Report UNEP/OCHA

    Cyanide Spill at Baia Mare - Assessment Mission Report UNEP/OCHA

    Introduction On 30 January 2000, following a breach in the tailing dam of the Aurul SA Baia Mare Company, a major spill of cyanide-rich tailings waste was released into the river system near Baia Mare in north west Romania. The contaminant ...