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Black Sea in Pollution Crisis: Georgian Communities Take Action

Following decades of pollutants entering its waters, the Black Sea is now facing an environmental crisis of extreme proportions, and is considered one of the most…

Brazilian Government signs up to UN Clean Seas campaign

22 September 2017, New York – Brazil has officially announced its support to the UN Clean Seas campaign…

The very cold, hard truth about our oceans

This week, endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh swam the longest kilometre of his life.

He spent a full twenty-two minutes in the sub-zero…

UNEP Patron for Oceans Lewis Pugh Becomes First Person to Swim the Seven Seas

Nairobi, 2 September 2014 - Renowned ocean swimmer and environmental campaigner Lewis Pugh, a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Patron for…

International Forum to Tackle Challenges Facing Worlds Freshwater Resources

Nairobi, 26 November 2014 - Governments from around the world, along with heads of national and international basin organizations and freshwater experts…

New UNEP Report Unveils World on Track to Meet 2020 Target for Protected Areas on Land and Sea

Sydney, 13 November 2014 - The world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas, but more work is needed to ensure areas of…

Leading Experts and Policymakers Meet to Form Action Plan to Stop Rapid Degradation of Worlds Seas and Oceans

Athens, Greece 29 September 2014 - Plastic debris in the ocean, collapsing fish stocks, ocean acidification, and the destruction of carbon rich mangroves…

UNEP Launches Wastewater Video in the Series Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey

Washington, D.C., 9 December 2014 - The United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA), UNEP Division of…

Wetlands for Our Future: Act Now to Prevent, Stop, and Reverse Wetland Loss

Gland, Switzerland, 2 February 2015- Latest research shows that 64% of wetlands worldwide have been lost since 1900, and that 76% of populations of…

Shared seas, shared actions for the sustainability of our oceans

On 16 February 2017, UN Environment organized the side event “ Achieving SDG 14 through the Regional Seas programmes from regional to global: shared seas and shared…