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Trees on Farms Key to Climate and Food-Secure Future
Trees on Farms Key to Climate and Food-Secure Future 24/07/2009

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are calling for the widespread uptake of 'green' agricultural practices that will deliver multiple benefits to the world's rapidly growing populations

Blue Helmets Go Green
Blue Helmets Go Green 22/07/2009

The UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is doing its part for the Billion Tree Campaign.

Biggest-Ever Youth Gathering on Climate Change  to Call for Real Action in Copenhagen
Biggest-Ever Youth Gathering on Climate Change to Call for Real Action in Copenhagen 20/07/2009

Emerging leaders representing three billion people, the children and youth of the planet, will converge on the Republic of Korea to voice their demands for action on climate change at the Copenhagen meeting.

Iraq moves forward on ozone protection
Iraq moves forward on ozone protection 17/07/2009

Iraq wants to eliminate ozone depleting substances (ODS) such as CFCs from its refrigeration and foam industries by 1 January 2010 in accordance with the target set under the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty set up to protect the ozone layer.

Five UN Heads of Agencies Seal the Deal!
Five UN Heads of Agencies Seal the Deal! 16/07/2009

The heads of five international organizations have joined the international campaign to galvanize public support for a successful outcome to UN-sponsored climate change negotiations by signing a global petition addressed to world leaders.

Collaborating on Climate Change - Ozone and Global Warming Experts Get Closer on Common Challenge of F-Gases
Collaborating on Climate Change - Ozone and Global Warming Experts Get Closer on Common Challenge of F-Gases 16/07/2009

An historic meeting, bringing together experts on the ozone layer and ones on climate change has been concluded this week in Geneva, Switzerland.

World's First International Commission on Ecosystem Loss Launched in Nairobi
World's First International Commission on Ecosystem Loss Launched in Nairobi 16/07/2009

You are invited to attend the launch of the world's first international commission on the catastrophic loss of the world's ecosystems. Legislators will argue that Governments are failing to stop the destruction of the world's ecosystems at a summit in Nairobi on the 18/19 July.

UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends
UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends 10/07/2009

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the G8 agreement on a long term goal to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but says it is still not enough to reach a fair, effective climate agreement in Copenhagen Summit in December.

G8 leaders agree to global warming goals
G8 leaders agree to global warming goals 09/07/2009

Hopes that a comprehensive climate agreement can be agreed in Copenhagen in December were given encouragement after leaders of the world's eight major economic powers agreed to broad goals for reducing global warming at the G8 meeting in L'Aquila.

UN Environment Head says World at Green Economy Crossroads on Eve of G8 Summit
UN Environment Head says World at Green Economy Crossroads on Eve of G8 Summit 09/07/2009

In a keynote address to Chatham House in London, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said G8 leaders have a golden opportunity to focus political action towards powering forward a Green Economy future.

Chinese CEOs Visit UNEP to Share Views on the Green Economy
Chinese CEOs Visit UNEP to Share Views on the Green Economy 02/07/2009

16 top CEOs from China have attended a workshop at the UN Environment Programme headquarters to learn more about what the agency is doing in the Green Economy initiatives, combating climate change, international campaigns, green construction, reforestation and the green technology.

Countries Representing Four Fifths of the Global Economy Back Green Growth
Countries Representing Four Fifths of the Global Economy Back Green Growth 26/06/2009

Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), today welcomed the 'Green Growth' Declaration by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) saying it underlined the way environment was rapidly being brought into the centre of economic discourse and policy-making. Ministers from 40 countries said: "Well targeted policy instruments can be used to encourage green investment in order to simultaneously contribute to economic recovery in the short-term and help ...

Trade and Environment: WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change
Trade and Environment: WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change 26/06/2009

The WTO/UNEP report on "Trade and Climate Change" published today examines the intersections between trade and climate change from four perspectives: the science of climate change; economics; multilateral efforts to tackle climate change; and national climate change policies and their effect on trade. The WTO and UNEP are partners in the pursuit of sustainable development and this report is the outcome of collaborative research between the WTO and UNEP.

30 years of Bonn Convention: Russia supports the protection of the Saiga antelope
30 years of Bonn Convention: Russia supports the protection of the Saiga antelope 25/06/2009

On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Bonn Convention, the Russian Federation has enhanced its support for the conservation of the Saiga antelope by signing the relevant agreement established in the framework of the Convention. The Saiga antelope is one of most rapidly declining land mammal species worldwide. While one million of the ungulates still traveled through the Eurasian steppe as recently as the early 90s, their populations have dwindled to less than 100,000 animals today.

UN Agencies 'Deliver as One' To Realize a Green Economy
UN Agencies 'Deliver as One' To Realize a Green Economy 25/06/2009

At least 21 UN agencies today backed the call for a world-wide transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy able to deliver multiple economic, social and environmental opportunities in the 21st century. Such a transition is needed to catalyze a sustainable global economic recovery while generating decent jobs, enhancing food security, and reducing dependence on finite fossil fuels. A Green Economy can also address multiple persistent and looming crises from overcoming poverty ...

Action on HFC Gases 'Low Hanging Fruit' Opportunity to Combat Climate Change Says UN Environment Chief
Action on HFC Gases 'Low Hanging Fruit' Opportunity to Combat Climate Change Says UN Environment Chief 22/06/2009

A scientific paper, highlighting the need to accelerate action over a group of gases known as Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) as part of the climate change agenda, was today welcomed by the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The findings, by an international team of researchers are published in the Proceeedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists argue that HFC use could climb sharply in the coming years in products such as insulation foams, air conditioning units and refri ...

Climate Change Picks Pace New IPCC Report Warns
Climate Change Picks Pace New IPCC Report Warns 22/06/2009

"The world faces a growing risk of "abrupt and irreversible climatic shifts," was the conclusion of report by international scientists issued on Thursday. The 36-page document summarized over 1,400 studies which were presented at a climate conference last March in Copenhagen attended by some 2,000 scientists from over 70 countries. The research, which was written and reviewed by many of the scientists who compiled the benchmark UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 20 ...

Climate change in our back yards - New report shows how climate change is affecting the US
Climate change in our back yards - New report shows how climate change is affecting the US 19/06/2009

For the past few years Americans have been dealing with erratic and often extreme weather conditions. And now according to a new report titled Global Change Impacts in the United States, there is evidence that these patterns are attributable to global warming. Average temperatures in the US have risen by1.5F (-17C) over the last 50 years, according to the report. It also warns that physical infrastructure on the US Gulf Coast could be threatened with storm surges and sea level rises of up to ei ...

Green Economy Day for World Environment Day 2009 as Mexico Announces Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Cuts and Five New Protected Areas
Green Economy Day for World Environment Day 2009 as Mexico Announces Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Cuts and Five New Protected Areas 07/06/2009

Echoing the 'Healing the Earth' ceremonies of Mexico's ancient Mayan civilization, President Calderon announced on World Environment Day his government's landmark plans to combat climate change alongside the establishment of new protected areas.