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Today’s #WorldOrangutanDay is a much-needed reminder that orangutans’ survival hangs in the balance. With a decline of population by around 50% in the last 60 years, all three species of orangutan in the world are critically endangered. Conservation efforts are needed to save this close living relative from extinction. Learn more about what you can do in our Stories ☝️ #WildForLife 📷 @unsplash / Sander Wehkamp

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“Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing. In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.
Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone. He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world. In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all of us.
My heartfelt condolences to Nane Annan, their beloved family, and all who mourn the loss of this proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.” - @unitednations Secretary-General António Guterres 📷 @unphotographers / Evan Schneider

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This is why we need alternatives to plastic packaging. This is why we need innovation to #BeatPlasticPollution for #CleanSeas.

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Good news - New Caledonia 🇳🇨, home to some of the world’s last near-pristine coral reefs, will create marine protected areas to help safeguard them. #IYOR2018 📷 @unsplash / Sébastien Jermer

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If we want #CleanSeas like this, we must take action on land. What will you do? Head to the link in our bio to share your commitment.

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Wildfires are part of nature and play an important role in shaping ecosystems by acting as agents of renewal & change. However, in addition to destroying properties, wildlife & human lives, they also endanger human health & contribute to #climatechange by releasing major greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Climate-related crises such as floods or storms, & drought or water scarcity are unravelling, with an enormous impact on human security. Scientists worry that higher spring & summer temperatures are causing longer dry spells and increasing the likelihood of droughts & prolonged wildfire seasons. 📷 REUTERS

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“Some children don’t know about studies. We make them aware, so they complete higher education. They are doing their best.” - Rakhi Goswami. This 24-year-old teacher supports children from Delhi’s largest rubbish dumps as part of the “No Child in Trash” programme of the Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group. Learn more via the link in our bio ☝️☝️☝️ #YouthDay #YoungChamps #safespaces4youth 📷 Georgina Smith/UN Environment

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Tomorrow is #WorldElephantDay 🐘 These magnificent creatures are threatened by the illegal wildlife trade and we’re working with governments to protect them. Learn more in our Stories ☝️#wildforlife #elephant #biodiversity

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“We’re phasing out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation.” - #NewZealand Prime Minister @JacindaArdern has announced that the country will ban single-use plastic bags over the next year. Together, we can #BeatPlasticPollution for #CleanSeas. #beatpollution

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We’re not going to #BeatPlasticPollution for #CleanSeas unless we embrace innovative alternatives. Would you wear a pineapple 🍍pleather jacket? #innovation

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Congratulations to @lewis.pugh for reaching the hallway point of #TheLongSwim! Our Patron of the Oceans is swimming the length of the English Channel to raise awareness about the importance of marine protected areas. Keep up your inspiring efforts, Lewis! 📷📷 @kelvintrautman #cleanseas #saveourocean #ocean #inspiration

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Climate action must happen now – the risks to our planet are greater than ever. Scientists warn of a climate cascade if global temperatures rise more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, leading to "hothouse" conditions and higher sea levels, making some areas on Earth uninhabitable. #climatechange #climateaction

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