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Harvard University recognizes Refrigerants, Naturally! with prestigious award
Harvard University recognizes Refrigerants, Naturally! with prestigious award 28/03/2011

A partnership conceived and supported by UNEP's OzonAction team has received a prestigious award from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sochi 2014 Olympic partners commit to Mzymta River Basin restoration
Sochi 2014 Olympic partners commit to Mzymta River Basin restoration 23/03/2011

The Olympics are a source of national pride but also an opportunity for showcasing innovation and catalyzing action towards a more sustainable future nationally and internationally

Smart investments needed to tackle drinking water crisis in DR Congo
Smart investments needed to tackle drinking water crisis in DR Congo 22/03/2011

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) possesses over half of Africa's water reserves, yet 74 percent of its population lacks access to safe drinking water, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Fast pace of African urbanization affecting water supplies and sanitation
Fast pace of African urbanization affecting water supplies and sanitation 21/03/2011

Rapid urbanization is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report.

Rooting Out Poverty with the E-Tree Programme in China
Rooting Out Poverty with the E-Tree Programme in China 11/03/2011

The E-Tree programme is a multi-partnership initiative involving government agencies, the private sector, media and civil society in tree planting activities in western China, which has a fragile environment and large poor population.

Bees Under Bombardment: Report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses
Bees Under Bombardment: Report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses 10/03/2011

More than a dozen factors, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of memory-damaging insecticides to the world-wide spread of pests and air pollution, may be behind the emerging decline of bee colonies across many parts of the globe.

Bees under bombardment: New report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses
Bees under bombardment: New report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses 09/03/2011

A new UNEP report shows that bee colonies worldwide are under threat, with serious implications for biodiversity and food security. Habitat loss, air pollution, crop spraying and the widespread use of insecticides are some of the key factors behind the decline.

Coordinating global action to combat desertification
Coordinating global action to combat desertification 04/03/2011

Desertification, land degradation and drought affect over one and a half billion people in more than 110 countries

Get onboard for World Environment Day 2011!
Get onboard for World Environment Day 2011! 02/03/2011

Celebrated every year on 5 June, WED aims to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment. This year's events will take place in India under the theme, 'Forests: Nature at Your Service'.

Green Economy and Environmental Governance reform backed by world's environment ministers
Green Economy and Environmental Governance reform backed by world's environment ministers 24/02/2011

A major sustainable development conference in Brazil next year offers a key opportunity to accelerate and to scale-up a global transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy, a meeting of the world's environment ministers has signaled.

75% of world's coral reefs under threat, new analysis finds
75% of world's coral reefs under threat, new analysis finds 24/02/2011

A new comprehensive analysis finds that 75 percent of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures

Forest conservation groups in Nepal and Guatemala win 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize
Forest conservation groups in Nepal and Guatemala win 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize 23/02/2011

Two projects conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia are the laureates of the 2010-11 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

Hollywood Actor and UN Ambassador Edward Norton Launches Bike Ride for Sustainable Communities
Hollywood Actor and UN Ambassador Edward Norton Launches Bike Ride for Sustainable Communities 22/02/2011

The initiative is using sport to raise awareness and mobilize local Kenyan and Tanzanian communities around the importance of environmental protection and sustainability

Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe wins UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award
Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe wins UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award 22/02/2011

A Ugandan radio journalist has won a prestigious new journalism award from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), outclassing entries from over 100 correspondents from across the African continent.

Green Economy Report: How two per cent of global GDP can trigger green growth and fight poverty
Green Economy Report: How two per cent of global GDP can trigger green growth and fight poverty 19/02/2011

Investing two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched today says.

Preparing for Tomorrow's World
Preparing for Tomorrow's World 03/02/2011

The timely issue of how national governments make decisions for a changing climate is the topic of the latest World Resources Report (WRR)

International Year of Forests - "Celebrating Forests for People"
International Year of Forests - "Celebrating Forests for People" 02/02/2011

Forests represent many things to many people including spiritual, aesthetic and cultural dimensions that are, in many ways, priceless. But they are also cornerstones of our economies, whose real value has all too often been invisible in national accounts of profit and loss.

Ban Calls For A Green Economy As Crucial For A Sustainable Future
Ban Calls For A Green Economy As Crucial For A Sustainable Future 31/01/2011

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for "revolutionary action" to achieve sustainable development, warning that the past century's heedless consumption of resources is "a global suicide pact" with time running out to ensure an economic model for survival.

Current climate information insufficient, say world's financial institutions
Current climate information insufficient, say world's financial institutions 12/01/2011

The availability of climate change information remains insufficient, according to many of the world's financial institutions. More than 60 institutions took part in a survey organised by the UNEP Finance Initiative and the Sustainable Business Institute, Germany.

Silent momentum on climate change, says UNEP chief
Silent momentum on climate change, says UNEP chief 06/01/2011

The last two years have been a roller coaster ride in respect to securing a new global treaty to combat climate change. Some even despair that the window for action is closing fast. But giving up is not an option, writes UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun delivers balanced package of decisions, restores faith in multilateral process
UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun delivers balanced package of decisions, restores faith in multilateral process 11/12/2010

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world.