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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...
By ROE News on 9/17/2015 11:24 PM

Geneva, 18 September 2015 – Paul Polman has been announced as one of the winners of the UN’s highest environmental accolade for leading the private sector toward sustainability, both in his role as Unilever CEO and as a tireless advocate for more sustainable business models.

Mr. Polman, who receives the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category, is being recognized for his bold leadership, which demonstrates that the transition to a low-carbon economy is an opportunity to be seized, not a risk to be managed.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, “With his ambitious vision and personal commitment to sustainability, Mr Polman has established a reputation for leading by example. As Unilever CEO, he is demonstrating the need for long-term corporate thinking that accounts for social and environmental concerns. In addition, his leadership on UN and...
By ROE News on 8/28/2015 6:52 AM
August 28, 2015 – Central Asian countries have been equipped with knowledge and basic negotiation skills ahead of upcoming international talks on desertification thanks to a workshop organised by UNEP and other partners in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The twelfth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will be held in Ankara, Turkey in October.

This week’s two-day training seminar was organised for UNCCD National Focal Points and their assistants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which are Parties to the Convention and form the sub-region of Central Asia.

The workshop - organized by the UNEP Regional Office and UNCCD secretariat - focused on the main issues on the COP12 agenda and the sub-regional position to be presented at the talks. Input was provided by FAO, GIZ and UNEP to a discussion on how sub-regional cooperation...
By ROE News on 8/18/2015 4:50 AM
August 18, 2015 - Following a partnership between UNEP, the Sarajevo Film Festival and other organisations, a day dedicated to nature has sought to catalyze a change in attitudes to the environment through film, debate and an array of green actions.

A thought-provoking documentary was screened, new technology promoted and green development put into practice at the most important cultural event in the region.

The festival’s ‘EnviroDay’ on 17 August kicked off with a media event promoting six solar-powered LED benches, providing detailed information on air quality and noise and can also charge smartphone devices and provide Wifi internet access.

The benches – donated by the Swedish Embassy – were installed in three locations in central Sarajevo and place Bosnia and Herzegovina among the very few countries to have this energy-efficient technology. 

Also on EnviroDay, the documentary...
By ROE News on 7/22/2015 7:31 AM
July 22, 2015 - Integrating public finance, intelligent policies and enabling regulatory frameworks will spur on private sector 'green' investments, EU environment ministers have heard from UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner during their Informal Council meeting in Luxembourg.

A full version of Mr Steiner's speech can be read below.

Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I feel very honored by the invitation of the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU to address, just four months before the world will be looking to Paris for a new climate deal, the informal meeting of the European Union Environment Ministers, in which you will be shaping the European Union’s response to some outstanding questions to this defining issue of our time, as the UN Secretary General called the climate challenge. And while Luxembourg is rightly referred to as the “Green Heart...
By ROE News on 7/22/2015 1:51 AM

July 22, 2015 - The UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner has shared his thoughts on implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the 28 EU Ministers of the Environment in a speech delivered at their Informal Council meeting in Luxembourg. His full intervention can be read below.


Honorable ministers, colleagues and friends: let me express my deepest appreciation to the Luxembourgian Presidency for inviting me to share some of thoughts from UNEP on the Post 2015 process and the SDGs.


And let me also thank the EU for its strong global leadership on sustainable development and climate change. With respect to the Rio+20 conference, the MDGs and the Post-2015 framework, in international negotiations and through developing and implementing concrete policies, the EU has shown a commitment to sustainability that EU member states should...
By ROE News on 7/14/2015 5:52 AM
July 14, 2015 - UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner met today with the Honourable Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium on the margins of the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The two discussed UNEP and Belgium’s coordination in areas of mutual interest, including sustainable development and the green economy. UNEP and Belgium have both advocated for the universality and integration in the sustainable development agenda, and have worked effectively together using this approach.

Executive Director Steiner briefed the Deputy Prime Minister on the role in sustainable development of UNEP’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, which aims to identify options that help align the financial system with the needs of a green economy. Additionally, in a discussion about renewables, Mr Steiner provided an overview on the Africa 2020 Renewables Initiative, which aims to boost the production of renewable energies...
By ROE News on 7/10/2015 7:22 AM
July 10, 2015 - Following a series of high-level and stakeholder meetings, the Russian city of Stavropol is to work with UNEP to develop as a green economy and act as an example for the entire region.   

As a first step, a partnership will now be established between UNEP and Stavropol State Agrarian University (SSAU), which this week hosted the first International Ecological Forum.

The event was held on 8-9 July and took place upon the initiative of the Russian Ecological Foundation TECHECO, with support of the local government, parliament, business community and universities.

The Forum, which focused on ‘Green Economy, challenges and opportunities for a modern state,’ saw the Deputy Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe Sylvie Motard and Vladimir Moshkalo, head of UNEP’s Moscow office, present UNEP’s work towards green economies and identify possible ways and areas of cooperation. The 350 participants also shared experiences and plans for green economy development. 


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