The forestry-based carbon market's value holds the potential to grow to $10+ billion USD by 2020, according to The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB), while that of total forest ecosystem goods and services is estimated at $5 trillion USD
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have agreed the selection of the forty members who will be entrusted with the task of designing the Green Climate Fund
Some 200 representatives from business and industry, governments and civil society gathered in Paris this week to debate the transition to a green economy.
The idea of a Green Economy is fast becoming a key component of mainstream economic discourse and is seen as the blueprint for a transition to a more efficient and equitable economy that makes better use of natural resources to achieve sustainable growth.
On the final day of the UN Climate Change
Conference in Bangkok (3-8 April), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that while positive and constructive, the meeting in Thailand had also highlighted continuing divisions between governments that needed to be resolved in the course of the year in order to come to a strong outcome in Durban in December.
Renewable energy was given a boost with the opening of the first General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) which opened in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
The rise of geothermal energy in Kenya's Great Rift Valley was witnessed today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who toured the Olkaria plant northwest of the country's capital of Nairobi.
World-class environmental research has received an important boost, thanks to the strengthening of a partnership between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Japan.
The United Nations has released details of its greenhouse gas emissions for 52 institutions, covering 200,000 employees, in a new report published as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the organisation's carbon footprint.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has officially opened the new offices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will visit Nairobi from Wednesday 30 March to Saturday 2 April 2011 for a meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).
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.
The Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), a leading multi-stakeholder initiative that supports the development of sustainable biofuels, launched its global certification system
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
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).
Rapid urbanization is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report.
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.
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.
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.