Climate change affects development of all nations, regardless of location or size of economy. No other group of nations is more vulnerable to its devastating effects than the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). With one-third of their population living on land, that is less than five meters below sea level, the threat of sea level rise, storm surges, and coastal destruction pose existential risks to SIDS.
A new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) echoes the theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2017: Tobacco - a threat to development.
The high level plenary of the UNDP Annual Rule of Law Meeting outlined priorities for how best to support the rule of law and human rights within the Sustaining Peace agenda, and reflected on strategic priorities for the future of international rule of law assistance.
The most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean has battered several Caribbean islands, leaving Barbuda and St. Martins near “uninhabitable”, according to national authorities. Hurricane Irma has also left catastrophic damage as it passed over Turks and Caicos, southern Bahamas, northern Dominican Republic and northern Haiti.