Global measures supporting green finance more than doubled since 2015

A record 79 new measures were announced or implemented in 2019

Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance surges to almost $4tn

Four more investors have joined the UN-convened network

Green Climate Fund provides $10m to reduce risk of flooding in Laos

Damages from floods in 2018 were equivalent to 10% of the country’s entire budget for the same year

UN: Tougher plastic waste policies needed in Southeast Asia

More than half of the land-based plastic pollution in the world’s oceans originates from just five countries, four of which are in Southeast Asia

Climate finance: Agreement to step up collaboration in Eastern and Southern Africa

The Memorandum of Understanding establishes a framework of co-operation to collaborate in a number of areas to tackle climate change and boost finance

Emissions
New Declaration calls for tackling global nitrogen challenge

The nitrogen compounds released when burning fossil fuels are responsible for as much as 50% of the ‘deadliest type of air pollution’

UN and Germany launch new initiative to accelerate green economy

The Global Opportunities for Sustainable Development Goals will foster exchange on innovative and successful practices through newly designed regional sustainability hubs

Climate change: Cool Coalition to turn down the heat with new commitments

Set up in April this year, the Coalition consists of more than 80 partners aiming to expand access to cooling while reducing the climate impact

Banks worth $47tn adopt new UN-backed climate principles

They represent around one third of the entire global banking sector

Costa Rica receives UN’s highest environmental honour

The Central American country has won the UN Environment Programme’s 2019 Champions of the Earth award