Over the past 50 years, the world has suffered an estimated 60 percent decline in ecosystems services and unprecedented biodiversity loss - caused by unsustainable human activities. Biodiversity loss makes ecosystems more vulnerable to shocks and disturbances, less resilient, and less able to supply humans with critical ecosystem services.
Faster action on climate change may be possible if nations combine substantial cuts of carbon dioxide emissions alongside accelerated moves across a suite of other greenhouse gases and pollutants.
5 June 2009 – World Environment Day, 5 June, sees the unveiling of a new communication initiative on biodiversity brought through a partnership between Airbus, the National Geographic Society and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Three countries have pledged to promote low-carbon, green growth by joining the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative led by UNEP to promote global action to de-carbonize our economies and societies.
The United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for Africa (UNEP-ROA) is today announcing the regional winners of the Eighteenth International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment to mark this year's World Environment Day.
On Sunday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Laureate Al Gore called on over 500 world business leaders meeting in Copenhagen to use their business acumen to urge government leaders to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gases.
Putting the environment at the centre of Africa's economic future must be a priority for the Continent, the President of the Republic of Rwanda urged today at an historic meeting of finance and environment ministers.
More than half the populations of waders in Europe, West Asia and Africa are declining at an accelerating rate.
Delivering food security to an additional 1 billion people in Africa will become ever more challenging over the next four decades unless we manage our natural resources better.
The winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development were announced today at a high level award ceremony and reception.
Carbon benefits project will assess levels of carbon stored via sustainable and climate-friendly land management
A Brazilian scientific support centre and a leading Swiss laboratory are among the winners of the inaugural Green Star Awards announced in Brussels today.
Maldives join the Climate Neutral Network with a pledge to become the world's first carbon neutral nation
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced in Brussels last Thursday that the UN is launching a worldwide campaign under the slogan 'Seal the Deal!'
We, the participants of the B4E Summit 2009, recognize that the economic, environmental and social challenges and risks we face demand a new level of leadership and cooperation.
Gaza Strip/Nairobi 21 April 2009-UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Programme head Achim Steiner today wound up a three-day mission to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank saying he hoped environment could build bridges and foster cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.
On April 22, we celebrate the Anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970, a landmark in the history of the environmental movement - a movement, which gave birth to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1972.
Many of the transformational technological opportunities emerging
across the globe right now - from renewables such as wind and solar
power to desalination and smart, energy efficient materials and
processes - were originally incubated in the world's universities,
colleges and research institutes.
"Climate Change: Our Challenge" is the theme for the 2009 Chinese Children's Painting Competition on the Environment. Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Luo Hong Foundation:the competition has recorded a significant increase in painting entries, from 1.3 million in 2008 to 2.3 million in 2009.
More than 700 leaders from business, civil society, international organizations and government are set to meet at the Business for the Environment Global Summit in Paris on 22-23 April to discuss ways of powering green growth around the globe.