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By ROE News on 2/9/2016 1:58 AM
East European states were trained by UNEP this week on ways in which the transition to a Green Economy can continue to take place in their countries.

Held on 9-10 February in Romania’s Presidential Palace, government, civil society and business representatives from 19 countries attended an event to discuss existing and potential moves to support energy efficiency in buildings, green labelling and procurement and renewable energies for example.

“The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has truly provided new momentum for sustainable consumption and production, both as goal 12 [on responsible consumption] and in 12 other goals,” said Jan Dusik, Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe, at the event.

A regional eco-innovation centre or working group on SCP expertise could now be set up in the region as part of the 10-year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption...
By ROE News on 1/21/2016 6:06 AM


A new project to overhaul a district heating system in the Bosnian city of Banja Luka could save up to 20,000 tons of CO₂ each year and €4.5 million in heating costs. 

The new project launched in Banja Luka’s City Hall today will feed into an action plan for securing major efficiency gains for the city’s district heating system, bringing both financial and climate benefits.

The city’s heating network - the second-largest in Bosnia and Herzegovina - experiences significant losses during energy transport and end-use. Boilers used in the heating system currently have an average age of 35 years and lose up to 60% of generated heat, while poor insulation means that up to 40% of heat supplied is then lost in the district’s buildings. 

To tackle the problem, the City requested help from the Climate...
By ROE News on 1/19/2016 1:44 AM
UNEP has opened two new air monitoring stations in Bosnia Herzegovina and brought two existing ones back to full function, significantly helping the country monitor climate and air quality in line with national and EU law and prevent further illnesses and deaths from outdoor pollution.

Thanks to the new and refurbished stations - located in the cities of Prijedor and Goražde - accurate data will be available to monitor climate changes and announce pollution alerts to the general public, as well as to measure the impact of policy measures to improve air quality. 

The move to boost air quality monitoring was announced at the Bosnia Herzegovina’s Parliamentary Assembly today in an event organised by UNEP together with the country’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations. 

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By ROE News on 1/18/2016 2:56 AM

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a call for photographs to highlight the interactions between societies, economies and the environment  - both positive and negative - across the Pan-European region.

Categories include green cities, air quality/pollution, renewable energies and climate change vulnerability and adaptation. 

Selected photographs will be used in the GEO-6 Pan-European regional assessment report and/or in other relevant UNEP communications and publication materials for the region.

Photographs must have been taken in the Pan-European region. To view a full list of countries and photograph categories and for details on how to submit entries, please click here.

Submissions can be made in all official UN languages until 1 March 2016.

By ROE News on 12/11/2015 2:00 AM

By promoting policies in favour of ecosystem-based adaptation in mountain regions, countries could build resilience and reduce the vulnerability of communities living in these high-altitude areas as well as that of millions of others living downstream, concludes a series of Mountain Adaptation Outlooks launched today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

A call to speed-up and strengthen these efforts came at a roundtable hosted by the Government of Peru and co-organised by UNEP and GRID-Arendal as well as other partners at COP 21 in Paris, where the new reports were launched.

There, the leaders committed to try and ensure mountains and climate change adaptation become a priority issue at the inter-regional, regional and national level. They also committed to make better use of existing technical assistance mechanisms such as the Climate Technology Centre & Network...
By ROE News on 12/4/2015 7:23 AM
Swiss adventurer and environmentalist Bertrand Piccard - the first man to complete a non-stop balloon flight around the world and co-inventor of the world's only solar airplane capable of flying day and night - is to be designated as a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador.

In his new capacity, Mr. Piccard will advocate for the adoption of renewable energies and clean technologies during his historic attempt at flying around the globe in an aircraft propelled solely by solar power.

The designation will take place on Monday 7 December at 19h00 at the Musée de'l Homme in Paris at the backdrop of a unique new exhibition on renewable energy entitled 'We Have the Power, We Are the Change,'  produced world-renowned Magnum Photographers. 

The event will be attended by Mr Piccard himself and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, while the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is to be confirmed. 

By ROE News on 12/2/2015 3:27 AM
UNEP’s next stages of work in Central Asia are taking shape in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) following key meetings taking place in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Ongoing rapid economic, technological and social changes offer a unique opportunity for sustainable development in Central Asia - in line with SDG goal 12 on encouraging responsible consumption.

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan moved closer to a consensus on priority work to be carried out under the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (10YFP) during a meeting on 23-24 November.

Cooperation was explored and priorities identified on sustainable buildings, public procurement and food systems among others, with the Head of the 10YFP Secretariat Charles Arden-Clark affirming that there is “huge potential to further strengthen implementation of the sustainable...
By ROE News on 11/30/2015 7:01 AM
Appropriate management of natural resources at centre of solutions to climate change, says International Resource Panel

Paris, France, 30 November 2015 – Decoupling economic growth from escalating resource use should be an integral part of climate policy, according to a group of the world’s most renowned natural resources scientists. 

As nations gathered at COP21 in Paris for their first day of deliberations to determine a new, global climate regime, the IRP said a “whole system perspective” was crucial when considering climate policy.

Releasing its Ten Messages on Climate Change today, the International Resource Panel (IRP) said natural resource management and climate change were intrinsically linked, with a large part of global energy use, and therefore greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, tied directly to the acquisition, processing, transport, conversion, use and disposal...
By ROE News on 11/26/2015 1:47 AM

Pope Francis Calls for Strong Climate Agreement during Visit to UN Environment Programme Headquarters 

Transforming Current Development Models “Political and Economic Obligation”, Says Pontiff.

Nairobi, 26 November 2015 – His Holiness Pope Francis today called on world leaders to seal a strong agreement at the Paris climate change meeting next month, adding that transforming current development models was a “political and economic obligation”, as he visited the global headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. 

Speaking to an audience of thousands, which included UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) Director-General Sahle-Work Zewde, Pope Francis placed particular emphasis on the need to adopt low-carbon energy systems and end the “throw-away culture” that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. 

By ROE News on 11/17/2015 8:05 AM
Launch of the Geneva Science-Policy Platform on Environment and Security

Diplomats and scientists pledge to work together to find meaningful solutions for issues of environment and security

Geneva, 17 November: Today Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives of countries accredited at the UN in Geneva, as well as distinguished members of the international academia, attended the launch event of the Geneva Science-Policy Platform on Environment and Security, hosted jointly by the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) represented by the UN Environment Programme and the University of Geneva. The launch event provided an opportunity for the policy-making and academic community to discuss the implications of climate change on European and global security.

The newly established platform will serve as a network supplying knowledge and technical expertise...

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