Illegal Wildlife Trade - a Form of Organised Transnational Crime

26 June 2014, By Madhav Datt

Over the years illegal wildlife trade has emerged as a form of Organised Transnational Crime that has threatened the existence of many wild species across the globe.


Detoxifying Development

24 June 2014, By Kerstin Stendahl

Modern life places many demands on the products and processes we use every day. Who doesn’t like that the mobile phones are now light and sleek, that dishes and cutlery made of plastic are strong and durable, or that our clothes repel raindrops when we get caught in a sudden downpour?


Sustainable Consumption and Production: Wasting Less and Thinking More

23 June 2014, By Deborah Kirby

Natural capital is the totality of all of nature – trees, the bacteria in the soil, the fish in the ocean – that provide the basic life-support functions for humanity. It is the goods and services that the planet provides us that support our well-being.


All Our Relations

B23 June 2014, By Peter Denton, MGS Regional Representative for North America

At UNEP’s Gigiri compound in Nairobi, the monkeys could join you for tea. It is a reminder that however important our negotiations about the environment might seem, we step outside the conference room into a world full of creatures with lives of their own.


The Fifteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum

By Jose de Mesa

In conjunction with the upcoming United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) to be held from 23-27 June 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya, UNEP is organizing the fifteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-15) to be held from 21-22 June 2014.


The Post 2015 Agenda – Achieving 0% Net Land Degradation

By Komal Muthyalu, Youth Environmental Activist

Land is our most precious resource – it is the basis of our survival and subsistence. Yet it is amongst the most neglected and overexploited amongst our natural resources. The pressure on arable land is increasing by the day.


Electronic waste, the fastest growing waste stream in the world

By Jonathan Clayton

From miles away great plumes of black acrid smoke mark the site of Sodom and Gomorrah, a sprawling dump on the outskirts of the Ghanaian capital Accra.


Of Moratoriums, Monkeys and Men

By Dizzanne Billy, Trinidad and Tobago

“That is what people do when they find a special place that is wild and full of life, they trample it to death” – Carl Hiassen


Sustainable Consumption and Production: the heartbeat of Sustainable Development

11 June 2014, By Stefan R. Knights, UNEP-TUNZA Youth Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean

The overarching theme of the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is “Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production”. Given the theme, it is clear that a special focus will be on sustainable consumption and production (SCP).


Sustainable Development: What Does It Mean Nowadays?

9 June 2014,By Deborah Kirby

In the 1980s, when it was still new and trendy, sustainable development was defined as, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.


Saving water buffaloes from extinction

6 June 2014, By Simona Zeroska

The reality is that many species are at the edge of extinction and it is up to us to protect them. It has direct impacts not only on biodiversity, but also on green economy and sustainable consumption and production, which will be in the run up to the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).


Building Economies that are Green and Circular: What Can We Learn from SIDS?

4 June 2014, By Steven Stone

2014 is the year of the Small Islands Developing States – SIDS. It is an appropriate time to reflect upon the meaning of this particular class of countries: islands by definition have had to work hard to overcome isolation and resource constraints, and those that are still on the lower end of the income and human development curves face heightened challenges.


An Inclusive Green Economy

29 May 2014, By Jonathan Clayton

The inclusive Green Economy is far more than the latest buzz phrase of committed environmentalists. It seeks to deal with a host of apparently contradictory challenges – population growth,  increased economic well-being, poverty elimination and sustainable. A concept which UNEP first fostered in 2008, the Green Economy is the only way we can ensure new jobs for a world population which will soon number some nine billion people and reduce poverty while not destroying the very planet on which we depend. Creating the inclusive Green Economy is therefore not an option. It is a must.


UNEA - What’s it about? World leaders meet in Nairobi to decide on the future of our environment.

29 May 2014, By Boni Odinga

What’s happening? The first UN Environment Assembly will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 27 June 2014, under the slogan A Life of Dignity for All. Ministers and international leaders will gather to discuss two key sustainable development and environmental topics. The UNEA inaugural session is a new building block to global governance. It charts a new course in the way the international community addresses environmental sustainability challenges. UNEA is keen to promote a strong science-policy interface.


“Environmental Genocide” - The Illegal Trade in Wildlife

23 May 2014, By Jonathan Clayton

Today the earth is being plundered and raped at an unprecedented pace. Criminal gangs, cashing in on immense wealth to be made from nature, are disfiguring our planet at such an alarming rate it will cease to exist as we know it in our lifetime.


Environmental Rule of Law

15 May 2014, By Arnold Kreilhuber, Legal Officer, Division of Environmental Law & Conventions

Robust laws, integrated governance structures, enhanced accountability and coordinated enforcement approaches are needed to overcome the world’s pressing environmental challenges and toward the realization of sustainable development founded on open, transparent, accountable, just, as well as dependable legal orders and governance systems.


Let’s Go Wild For Wildlife

13 May 2014, By Ashley Van Heerden, Tunza Youth Advisor for Africa

This was the poignant call to action by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World Wildlife Day. The reality is that wildlife is under threat and it is up to us to protect it. The illegal wildlife trade, a billion dollar industry which today is the fifth largest illicit trade in the world, is responsible for a surge in the heinous slaughter of some of nature’s most majestic species. The stark reality of dwindling populations of some of the most spectacular species of flora and fauna is a reality that calls for swift action.


The Escalating Illegal Trade in Wildlife

20 March 2014, By Neville Ash

The escalating illegal trade in wildlife has reached global dimensions. In addition to the direct impacts on biodiversity and natural resources, the increasing involvement of organized criminal groups, facilitated by huge financial gains and a low risk of detection and penalty, now poses a serious transnational threat to security. Such theft and illegal trade of natural capital and heritage is exacerbated by corruption and undermines the rule of law. The consequences for local communities include the loss of access to resources, community conflict and reduced income from tourism.