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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...
By ROE News on 10/23/2015 4:43 AM
Visitors at the UN Geneva Open Days celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations will be able to learn, play games about and taste the theme of sustainability as well as see a one-wheel Segway in action thanks to UNEP’s presence at the event this Saturday.

UNEP’s stand can be found inside the Palais des Nations' Bar du Serpent while children’s activities – including art and puppet shows featuring Ozzy Ozone – will take place on the third floor above the bar.

Visitors can discover how pesticides are controlled, how the trade in endangered species is being fought, what a green economy is and how the environment is protected in countries following conflicts at UNEP’s stand - capturing the broad scope of the organisation’s work from Geneva.

Publications, a game on actions we can take for our planet made out of recycled materials, postcards and organic apples will...
By ROE News on 10/23/2015 3:56 AM
This year’s edition of lead poisoning prevention week will focus on the aim of eliminating paint containing the harmful metal by 2020.

Between 25 and 31 October, events including art competitions and actions such as free blood tests will be taking place across the globe to raise awareness on the health hazards of lead - particularly for young children - and to mobilise action to prevent lead exposure. 

The Albanian Institute of Public Health will be purchasing enamel paint at a market in the country’s capital Tirana and testing it for lead content before sharing results online and via the media. Meanwhile, Severn Trent Water in the UK will be issuing posters and using social media to raise awareness of lead pipes, of which many still exist in homes across the country.  

“It may be shocking to think that the paint we buy to decorate our families’...
By ROE News on 10/20/2015 5:27 AM
Ecosystem services provided by forests such as erosion control and water purification should be included in calculations of their value, the Director of UNEP's Regional Office for Europe Jan Dusik told ministers responsible for the natural landscapes in Europe in a speech today. 

During his intervention at the 7th Forest Europe Ministerial Conference taking place in Madrid, Mr Dusik also reported on significant progress made under the Carpathian Convention, which is hosted by UNEP.  

The speech can be read in full below. 


The United Nations Environment Programme welcomes the commitment of Forest Europe envisioned in Ministerial Resolution 1 and referred by a number of speakers to enhance the role of sustainable forest management in a green economy; and it also relates well to the new 2030 sustainable development agenda adopted in New York last month by all UN member...
By ROE News on 10/13/2015 7:15 AM
The UNEP Regional Office for Europe - in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Environmental Bureau - is organising a multi-stakeholders meeting on the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda on 12-13 November 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

The meeting will focus on Europe's responsibility and contribution to the implementation of the new agenda. It is intended to provide a forum for a discussion between political decision-makers and major groups and stakeholders (MGS) about governance mechanisms required for successful and transformative action in the EU as well as in the wider European region while giving MGS a strong role in monitoring implementation of the SDGs.

The event also serves as the 2015 UNEP Regional Consultation for Europe with MGS from the region in preparation for the...
By ROE News on 10/2/2015 7:46 AM
Geneva, 2 October 2015 – Over 800 delegates, including ministers, CEOs, heads of intergovernmental organizations and leaders of civil society, meeting at the 4th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), committed today to step up action to safeguard people and the environment from the risk posed by inadequately managed chemicals.

Of the estimated 100,000+ chemicals on the market today, only a fraction has been thoroughly evaluated to determine their effects on human health and the environment. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that exposure to chemicals contributes to over 1 million deaths annually.

The infant death rate from environmental causes overall is 12 times higher in developing than in developed countries while childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year.

ICCM4 concluded with a commitment to invest in efforts to prevent these deaths and illnesses by assuring sound chemicals management throughout their life cycle by 2020.

By ROE News on 10/1/2015 5:38 AM
UNEP today joined partners to reward countries and organisations at EXPO Milano for innovatively demonstrating actions to reduce their environmental impact.

Awards for the Towards a Sustainable Expo competition came under the categories of design and materials, green procurement, food and beverages and other initiatives - reflecting the comprehensive nature of the sustainability challenge.

The contest “fits well in this landmark year for global sustainability agenda,” said the Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe Jan Dusik. Together with the Italian Minister of the Environment Gian Luca Galletti and EXPO 2015 Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Sala, Mr Dusik sat on the jury and opened the award ceremony for the event.

“2015 is a landmark year for global efforts to get on the path of sustainable...
By ROE News on 9/25/2015 7:27 AM
UN staff today gathered at the International Environment House in Geneva to see a special flag raised ahead of the organisation adopting new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York.

A flag made up of pictograms representing each of the SDGs was raised before staff at the ceremony.

“UNEP, together with the UN family in Geneva, stands ready to support governments  in implementing the 17 global goals," said Jan Dusik, Director and Regional Representative for UNEP at the event, which was held by UNDP.

Around 150 world leaders are attending the SDG summit at UN headquarters between 25-27 September. The summit launches action by the international community and national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.

Environment features as a cross-cutting theme throughout...

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