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Globe Gears Up For World Environment Day Celebrations
Globe Gears Up For World Environment Day Celebrations 31/05/2013

Mongolia Hosting Day Aimed at Reducing Food Waste as Events Take Place across the World

High Level Panel Releases Recommendations for World's Next Development Agenda
High Level Panel Releases Recommendations for World's Next Development Agenda 31/05/2013

In the report, the Panel calls for the new post-2015 goals to drive five big transformative shifts

GEO-5  the UN's Most Comprehensive Study of the Global Environment - Now Available in Spanish
GEO-5 the UN's Most Comprehensive Study of the Global Environment - Now Available in Spanish 30/05/2013

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has today launched a Spanish version of its flagship report, the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5).

First Set of Global Data on Energy Access, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Released
First Set of Global Data on Energy Access, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Released 29/05/2013

About 80 percent of those without access to modern energy live in rural areas. Although 1.7 billion people gained access to electricity between 1990 and 2010, this is only slightly ahead of population growth of 1.6 billion over the same period.

UNEP Champion Crosses United States in Solar Aircraft
UNEP Champion Crosses United States in Solar Aircraft 22/05/2013

Team Led by Bertrand Piccard Highlighting Possibility of Clean Energy Future

Observed Concentrations of CO2 Cross 400 parts per million Threshold at Several Global Atmosphere Watch Stations
Observed Concentrations of CO2 Cross 400 parts per million Threshold at Several Global Atmosphere Watch Stations 14/05/2013

At the current rate of increase, the global annual average CO2 concentration is set to cross the 400 ppm threshold in 2015 or 2016

Under One Per Cent of Clean Energy Technology Patents Filed in Africa, Highlighting Huge Potential for Exploiting Renewable Sources
Under One Per Cent of Clean Energy Technology Patents Filed in Africa, Highlighting Huge Potential for Exploiting Renewable Sources 13/05/2013

Increasing international cooperation and establishing and maintaining high-quality patent systems will foster innovation and growth

November Date for Global Event on Natural Capital
November Date for Global Event on Natural Capital 09/05/2013

The World Forum on Natural Capital will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 21-22 November 2013.

UN to Support China to Phase out Ozone-Depleting Substances, with Major Climate Benefits
UN to Support China to Phase out Ozone-Depleting Substances, with Major Climate Benefits 23/04/2013

China is set to receive funding to eliminate the industrial production of ozone-depleting HCFCs (or hydrochlorofluorocarbons) by 2030. HCFCs are also a potent greenhouse gas.

Nigerian Doctor and Writer Wins World Environment Day Blogging Contest
Nigerian Doctor and Writer Wins World Environment Day Blogging Contest 19/04/2013

Charles Immanuel Akhimien Will Report from WED Host Country Mongolia

Scaled-Up Investments in Sustainable Cities Crucial for Improved Resource Efficiency and Poverty Eradication
Scaled-Up Investments in Sustainable Cities Crucial for Improved Resource Efficiency and Poverty Eradication 17/04/2013

Greening City Infrastructure Can Sustain Economic Growth while Using Fewer Resources

Wind Power Surges to New Record
Wind Power Surges to New Record 17/04/2013

Global installed capacity has now reached 282.5 GW, a cumulative increase of almost 19%

Russia and UNEP Sign Agreement to Strengthen Partnership
Russia and UNEP Sign Agreement to Strengthen Partnership 16/04/2013

The agreement was signed by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Sergey Donskoy.

2013 SEED Awards Applications Now Open
2013 SEED Awards Applications Now Open 16/04/2013

Green Entrepreneurs Can Win Business Support Package

New Study Shows Multi-Trillion Dollar Natural Capital Risk Underlining Urgency of Green Economy Transition
New Study Shows Multi-Trillion Dollar Natural Capital Risk Underlining Urgency of Green Economy Transition 15/04/2013

The report shows that the scale and variation in impacts provide opportunities for companies and their investors to differentiate themselves by optimizing their supply chains and investment strategies.

Major Chinese Company Signs on as Strategic Partner in UN's Flagship Environment Award
Major Chinese Company Signs on as Strategic Partner in UN's Flagship Environment Award 15/04/2013

The company has invested in environmental scholarships for young university students, organized clean-up operations and, in 2005, donated 2,000 tonnes of purifying tablets to clean up sections of a polluted river in Guangdong Beijiang.

Reducing Air Pollution, Chemical Coolants Can Quickly Cut Sea-Level Rise
Reducing Air Pollution, Chemical Coolants Can Quickly Cut Sea-Level Rise 14/04/2013

The damage from rising seas and higher storm surges is one of the most visible and costly effects of climate change.

UNEP Portrait of Kenyan Forest Activist among Winners of First International Forest Photograph Contest
UNEP Portrait of Kenyan Forest Activist among Winners of First International Forest Photograph Contest 11/04/2013

The awards were presented as 197 member States met at the tenth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in Istanbul.

Canada Provides Further Backing for Action on Black Carbon and Clean Air
Canada Provides Further Backing for Action on Black Carbon and Clean Air 11/04/2013

The contribution of $10 million is in addition to Canada's previous contribution of $3 million to the CCAC's Trust Fund and $7 million for projects that support the mitigation of short lived climate pollutants in developing countries.

2013 Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow Highlights HCFC Alternatives to Safeguard Ozone Layer
2013 Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow Highlights HCFC Alternatives to Safeguard Ozone Layer 09/04/2013

A move to such alternatives is in line with the objectives of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), of which UNEP is one of the founding partners.

New Partnership to Offset UN Carbon Emissions and Support Sustainable Development
New Partnership to Offset UN Carbon Emissions and Support Sustainable Development 05/04/2013

UNEP recently requested UNOPS, an operational and central procurement arm of the UN, to buy 50,000 certificates of emission reduction (CERs), to cover UNEP's emissions for 2010-2013.