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By ROE News on 5/26/2016 12:19 AM
Debates, film screenings and educational events announced following the launch of global UN campaign against the illegal trade backed by A-list stars

Geneva, 26 May 2016 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will in Europe host a medley of events highlighting the plight of wildlife and the need to take care of our planet on World Environment Day (5 June).

The events tie in with an unprecedented global campaign launched by the United Nations today on the World Environment Day theme of tackling the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.

“Each year, thousands of wild animals are illegally killed, often by organized criminal networks motivated by profit and greed,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “I call on all Governments and people everywhere to support the new United Nations campaign,...
By ROE News on 5/20/2016 7:19 AM
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a new report with recommendations on how to improve regional governance of the environment covering most of the world’s surface.

The publication, titled ‘Regional Oceans Governance – Making Regional Seas Programmes, Regional Fishery Bodies and Large Marine Ecosystem Mechanisms Work Better Together,' was launched yesterday at the 2016 edition of European Maritime Day, held in Turku, Finland.

European Maritime Day is the annual meeting for the ocean community in Europe and this year the event was organized in cooperation of the Finnish city and the Government of Finland under the theme ‘Investing in competitive blue growth - smart and sustainable solutions’.

Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface and 95% of its biosphere. They are of vital importance to the international community - not only for their living and non-living resources and the shipping and other maritime...
By ROE News on 5/19/2016 4:17 AM
UNEP is providing Central and Eastern European and Central Asian countries with tools to develop legislation stamping out lead in paint.

A regulatory toolkit developed by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint– lead by UNEP and the World Health Organisation - is being presented to 17 countries at a workshop held in Chisinau, Moldova today and tomorrow.

Overall exposure to the heavy metal, often via lead in paint, is estimated to contribute to about 600,000 new cases of intellectual disability among children every year, with the vast majority living in low and middle-income countries. Pregnant women are also particularly at risk as exposure can cause miscarriage and other problems, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Out of the 17, only five countries report to have legally-binding controls on lead in paint in place. Globally, 65 governments report to not have legally-binding...
By ROE News on 4/26/2016 1:38 AM
The Special Programme is among topics to be addressed in a new series of webinars informing governments on project application procedures to support the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm  (BRS) Conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

The Programme, for which a call for proposals is open until 4 July, aims to help provide financial support to developing countries or those with economies in transition for the implementation of chemicals and waste-related Instruments. The next such webinar session on the topic will take place on 28 April and can be accessed live or thereafter. Sessions will also take place in Spanish on 18 May and French and Russian...
By ROE News on 4/24/2016 10:34 PM

As national representatives gathered to pen to paper on the Paris Agreement to fight climate change, Earth Day was on Friday celebrated in Geneva with a medley of activities and statements cheering on the signatory countries.

The Paris climate deal was signed by 171 countries in New York and is the first ever universal and legally-binding accord to limit and deal with the harmful impacts of climate change. Earth Day has existed internationally since 2009 and been celebrated in the United States since 1970.

In Geneva, celebrations kicked off with an exhibition of paintings by Bolivian artist Mamani Mamani held at the Palais des Nations. The paintings of suns, indigenous mothers and other images in vibrant colours draw from Mamani Mamani’s Aymaran heritage and remind us to remain in harmony with the Earth.

Throughout the day, a range of activities were also organised by the City of Geneva celebrating our planet....
By ROE News on 4/6/2016 11:37 PM

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Mikhail Evteev, who served as Chief of the Operational Services Centre (OSC) of the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva. Mikhail passed away suddenly on Saturday in Tel Aviv, with his wife by his side. He was only 52 years of age.

Mikhail started his career at UNEP in Nairobi as a young professional and worked his way up to his anchoring role in the Regional Office for Europe and the Office for Operations in Geneva.

One of the most remarkable and enduring professional achievements that Mikhail leaves behind is the establishment and consolidation of the Geneva-based Service Centre, which he built and led, and now forms the backbone to much of UNEP's work. The Centre provides a wide variety of support to programme management - including fund and finance operations, travel arrangements and coordination of services to UNEP offices across the...
By ROE News on 4/4/2016 4:38 AM

      4 - 8 April 2016 at the Centre International de Conférences Genève, Geneva 

The 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer 37th Open-ended Working Group (OEWG37), assembled in Geneva today, will negotiate an amendment to the Protocol to govern the phase down of potent greenhouse gases - the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Phasing down hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol could prevent a global temperature rise of up to 0.4°C 

HFCs are chemicals used in air conditioning, refrigeration, foams and aerosols as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances that are being phased out under the Montreal Protocol. HFCs are potent greenhouse gases that contribute to the warming of the climate. 

Their emissions are growing rapidly, at a rate of about 7 per cent each year. If the current mix...
By ROE News on 4/1/2016 5:32 AM
Yesterday evening, ministers and government representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia had a first opportunity to discuss the upcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) with the Director and Regional Representative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Mr Jan Dusik. Mr. Branimir Gvozdenović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, organised a working dinner together with Mr Dusik to foster an exchange of views and form a common approach among South East European leaders ahead of what we call the 'Parliament of the Environment' taking place on 23-27 May in Nairobi. 

During the dinner, ministers and their delegations heard more on the decisions that will be taken at the next session of the Assembly, which will reinforce environmental governance at all levels. Draft resolutions currently under negotiation already give a clear signal of the political will to see concrete steps taken in crucial areas such as the sound management of chemicals, increased protection of our oceans and fast progress on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, to name but a few. ...
By ROE News on 3/17/2016 3:12 AM
A new series of videos, produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as part of the EaP-GREEN project, shows how organic food is the natural choice for animals and our environment. Why don't we follow in their footsteps? 

Animals instinctively opt for organic produce as they sense what is good for them - so let's go for the natural choice too! View the videos by clicking here:




Choosing to eat organic means looking after the environment better than by consuming conventional products. It also means choosing a healthier and more varied diet.  Organic produce...
By ROE News on 3/10/2016 8:10 AM
European colleges, skills institutions and universities have been invited to nominate their stories of staff and students working together for the environment and be awarded with a Green Gown held in high esteem by governments and funding councils.

The Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) Green Gown Awards are supported by UNEP and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges.

The European award for 2016 is themed ‘student engagement,’ with examples called for from staff and students demonstrated to have worked in partnership to achieve a green goal. Actions to be rewarded could include social media projects, environmental awareness campaigns or volunteering activities for example.

Applications are welcome until 12 noon GMT on 31 May 2016 from all tertiary education institutions that are members of the GUPES partnership.


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