Mr. Ban noted that there are several threats to this ecosystem as urbanization and large-scale agriculture can exacerbate the rate of forest and biodiversity loss.
Current efforts to develop what is known as the 'post-2015 development agenda' include almost 100 national consultations in UN member states, as well as 11 thematic consultations on issues such as food security, access to water, and poverty reduction.
The newly-named United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP reflects the full and future participation of all 193 UN member states in UNEP's governing body. Prior to 2012, membership had been limited to 58 countries only.
Supermodel and activist joins Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore and UNIDO Director General to record message of support.
Facility will Focus on Technology Transfer to Developing Nations
Governments Call for Governing Council to be Transformed into UN Environment Assembly
Report Shows Good Policies for Addressing Environmental Challenges Affecting Human Health, But Weak Implementation
The acclaimed singers will support a host of UNEP initiatives, including World Environment Day, UNEP's campaign to reduce food waste - known as Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint - and efforts to lower the demand for illegal wildlife products that is driving a spike in elephant and rhino poaching in East Africa
UNEP Announces New Partnership with Global Off-Grid Lighting Association
Rapid Growth of Global Initiative to Reduce Health and Climate Impacts of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
Four UN Agencies to Assist 30 Countries in Transition to a Green Economy
Gourmet Meal at UN Environment Programme Headquarters Highlights Global Campaign to Cut Food Waste
Annual Study of Emerging Environmental Issues
Looks at Issues Such As Risks from Chemicals and Spike in Illegal Wildlife Trade,
Including Elephant and Rhino Poaching
40th Anniversary Book Launched Highlighting the Struggles and Successes of UNEP Since 1972
Launch of GEO-5 for Youth to Showcase Solutions by Young People to Key Environmental Challenges
The Media Roundtable will provide direct interaction between journalists, UN experts, policymakers, scientists, NGOs and others on priority and emerging issues in the global environment.
Governments and officials discussed existing measures that can be quickly taken up and integrated into strategies for economic development and environment protection.
Marks First Ever Meeting of Environment Ministers under UNEP Universal Membership
It is estimated that over 8 percent of total worldwide natural gas production is lost annually to venting, leakage, and flaring.