Archive for February 3rd, 2022


Island States Must Bolster Resilience to Existential Climate Threats

Human Wrongs Watch

2 February 2022 (UN News)*The massive volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga followed by another earthquake and aftershocks just days afterwards, has highlighted once again the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), a meeting this week convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has heard.

© Konionia Mafileo | Tonga’s volcanic eruption and tsunami highlights the vulnerability of small islands and developing States (SIDS).
The Global SIDS Solutions Dialogue, focused on the “severe challenge” these often impoverished low-lying nations face in being able to reach the goals of the  UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said FAO Chief Economist, Máximo Torero Cullen.

UN Partnership Aims to Combat Microplastics in Cigarettes

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — A new UN partnership announced on Wednesday [2 February 2022] aims to raise awareness about the environmental and health impacts of microplastics in cigarette butts, the most discarded waste item worldwide.

Unsplash/Brian Yurasits | Cigarette butts and vaping pods found during a beach cleanup in the USA.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) will launch a social media campaign to highlight the issue.

The partnership is facilitated through UNEP’s Clean Seas campaign, a global coalition comprised of 63 countries devoted to ending marine plastic pollution.

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