Archive for February 3rd, 2022

03/02/2022

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.
03/02/2022

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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