UNEP and Xinhua News Agency Launch Special Series on Green Economy Mon, Apr 23, 2012

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Nairobi, 22 April 2012 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is supporting Xinhua News Agency in a special, two-month multimedia series on the Green Economy, which launches today.

Beginning on Earth Day (22 April 2012), via World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June 2012 and culminating at the end of the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) on 22 June 2012, the TV, radio and online series will carry the theme 'Green Economy – Does it Include You?'

The programmes will aim to raise public awareness – both in China and around the world – of Rio+20 and the opportunities the summit presents to transition to low-carbon, resource efficient sustainable development.

"As we enter the final lap towards Rio+20, countries, companies and communities across the globe are looking to world leaders to put in place the policies needed to catalyze a transition to a Green Economy—an economy that can realize development for all but in a way that keeps humanity's footprint within planetary boundaries while delivering significant social benefits", said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

"I hope the Xinhua series will inspire the public to the rich array of possibilities and encourage those making decisions on all our behalf's to show the leadership needed to break with the past in order to break into a sustainable future in 2012," added Mr. Steiner.

The series will focus on how the transition to a Green Economy is already making a positive impact on communities around the world – from boosting green jobs through renewable energy, supporting food security with sustainable agriculture or highlighting the value of ecosystem services provided by forests, oceans or other habitats.

From 20-22 June 2012, world governments, civil society, young people and other groups will convene at Rio+20 under two central themes:

  1. A green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
  2.  The institutional framework for sustainable development.

Rio+20 also comes forty years after the UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, which led to the setting up of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The Xinhua series will also look at the legacy of some of the landmark achievements from UNEP's 40 year history. These include the creation and management of the Montreal Protocol, which has led to 98% drop in the consumption of ozone-depleting substances, or the phasing-out of leaded fuel in some 80 countries, which has resulted in health, social and environmental benefits worth an estimated US$2.4 trillion.

Stories from the series will be carried on http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/ from 22 April – 22 June 2012. 

UNEP's 40th anniversary website is available at: www.unep.org/40th

For more information, please contact:

UNEP Newsdesk (Nairobi) on Tel. +254 20 7623088 or Email: unepnewsdesk@unep.org

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