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Peru: UN experts warn indigenous peoples’ rights at risk if polluted land re-licensed

Two United Nations human rights experts warned today against the proposed re-licensing of heavily polluted land in the Department of Loreto region of Peru, saying the move would perpetuate and exacerbate serious violations of human rights of indigenous peoples, including their right to health, food and water.

COP20: Ban Ki-moon hails delegates for paving way to 'meaningful' climate agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the outcome of a United Nations-backed climate conference recently concluded in Lima, Peru, praising delegates for setting the groundwork for a more conclusive agreement to be reached in 2015, a spokesperson for the Organization today announced.

Central America drought turning into humanitarian crisis, UN warns

A prolonged drought in Central America is turning into a humanitarian crisis for nearly two and a half million people affected by food insecurity in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today.

‘The more we delay, the more we will pay,’ says Ban, urging action on climate

The more action that is taken today on climate change, the more likely countries will push for stronger agreements tomorrow, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level meeting today at the UN Climate Change Conference, known also as the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20).

‘Only by acting together’ will world transform climate challenge into opportunity – Ban

Only by acting together will world leaders transform the climate challenge into an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we grow our economies and create a safer, healthier, more liveable world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

At Lima climate talks, UN launches new coalition to promote renewable energy

The launch of a new coalition spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and focused on boosting renewable energy usage around the world was announced today as Member States head into the final three-day stretch of a major UN climate conference in Lima, Peru aimed at tackling the imminent threat of climate change.

Ban urges Lima conference to agree draft text as basis for 2015 climate deal

Urging the 20th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to “act now,” UN officials in Lima, Peru stressed today that fully tackling the impacts of man-made climate change requires a transformation – not mere “tinkering” with past agreements and pledges.

Earth at ‘tipping point,’ UN General Assembly President warns, urging climate reform

Planet earth is “moving towards the tipping point” warned the President of the United Nations General Assembly at UN climate talks in Peru, where he called for world leaders to take urgent action towards a climate agreement that promotes socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.

‘We will provide whatever is needed,’ UN pledges response to Philippines typhoon

The United World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is “working flat-out” to support the Philippines Government's humanitarian response to Typhoon Hagupit which could impact more than 30 million people.

UN report urges more funds for climate change adaptation, warns on temperature rise

Despite public funding of climate change adaptation measures reaching as high as $26 billion in 2012-2013, a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report predicts a significant funding gap after 2020 unless new and additional finance for adaptation is made available.