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Caroline Usikpedo - African Women and UNEA

Kehkashan Basu - UNEA for Future Generations

HE Ben Salacakau - UNEA and Pacific Islands

On World Wildlife Day, Yaya Touré calls for united action against elephant poaching

Li Bingbing: Actress and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador: Save the Elephants (short)
n May 2013, leading Chinese Actress and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Li Bingbing visited Kenya with UNEP and Save the Elephants. There she witnessed the wonder of wild elephants, the horror of poaching and the orphans left behind. Her message on World Wildlife Day? Say no to ivory.

Iraq Environment Minister

Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey. Adaptation to Sea Level Rise
Sea levels are rising at an increasing rate, threatening coastal communities with floods and storm surges. At the same time, ecosystem health is being weakened, leaving shorelines less able to protect communities from impacts. This video illustrates how coastal communities can restore natural resilience and adapt to sea level rise. More www.rona.unep.org/toomey

Ecological Civilization in the City of Guiyang
The video on the city of Guiyang, located in southwest China, explores how local policymakers have abandoned traditional development models in favour of constructing an Ecological Civilization City, which benefits the economy, environment and local communities.  As a result, the city has accelerated the pace for eliminating heavy pollution industries and encouraged the development of green industries.

Ecological Civilization in the City of Karamay
The video on Karamay in China’s far western province of Xinjiang explains how the oil extraction industry caused serious damage to the region’s vegetation and soil, as well as to the water and air quality.  In recent years, however, Karamay has created a cleaner and greener city by promoting an ecological civilization approach. 

Ecological Civilization in the City of Minhang
The video on the Minhang Development Zone demonstrates the need to balance economic growth with the environment.  Established in the 1980s, the development zone is home to many Fortune 500 companies. The zone is located in southwest Shanghai, on the upper stream of the Huangpu River, which is the main water source for the city. 

Look! The Arctic! Inuit knowledge and climate change
An Eco-Hero video by filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk

VANTAGE: Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy

The ways our lives and lifestyles are evolving, an economic approach to ecosystem management has become essential to analyse and assess the dynamics of human well-being and valuing the earth's natural capital. Insights gathered using the VANTAGE programme are critical for decision-makers confronted with dwindling resources and conflicting choices while designing and implementing development policies. 

CTCN Enhancing The Development and Transfer of Technologies

Move ahead!
Sustainable Energy for All by 2030: An enormous challenge yet a tremendous opportunity. Many good initiatives have been taken. We need to scale them up. Discover how Sustainable Transport Systems in East African Cities can improve access to mobility, reduce air pollution and provide an opportunity for local development. We have the power to make it happen! 
We Have The Power: Efficient, Renewable Affordable.

Brighten Up!
Sustainable Energy for All by 2030: An enormous challenge yet a tremendous opportunity. Many good initiatives have been taken. We need to scale them up. Discover how a switch to efficient on-grid and off-grid globally would save  more than USD 140 billion annually   and 580 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. 
We have the power to make it happen! 
We Have The Power: Efficient, Renewable Affordable.

Cook up solutions!
Sustainable Energy for All by 2030: An enormous challenge yet a tremendous opportunity. Many good initiatives have been taken. We need to scale them up. Discover how improved cookstoves and fuels can reduce CO2 emissions by25–50 per cent and save millions of lives. 
We have the power to make it happen!
We Have The Power: Efficient, Renewable Affordable.

Cook Up Solutions

CTCN - Climate Technology Centre and Network
Introducing Knowledge Management System. Enabling access to and exchange of climate technologiey data, resources and expertise. Launching in 2014

Yaya Toure Designation as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

CCTV Interview with Richard Munang, UNEP Africa Regional Coordinator

Ban Lead Paints - International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week
More than 90 years after the League of Nations called for a ban on lead in paint, and despite the existence of many safe alternatives, young children and pregnant mothers in the developing world are still exposed to high levels of the dangerous toxin through unsafe paints. UNEP Report released during the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action says regulation and voluntary action can swiftly lift health burden

First Saudi Woman to Conquer Everest Conquers World Conference on Sport and Environment

 

Raha Moharrak is the  first Saudi woman to reach summit of Everest.  Raha, a 27-year-old graphic designer, is part of "Arabs With Altitude" team, with a Qatari, a Palestinian and an Iranian

Scenes from the Expo Day One

Ban Lead Paint Week. Why we need to act now
UNEP Spokesperson and Communications Director Nick Nuttall, talks on the dangers of lead in paint, especially to children, and why everyone should support the International Week of Action on Prevention of Lead Poisoning (October 20-26th 2013)

Planet RE:think
Today we are facing not one, but two global crises: the financial crisis and the more insidious one relating to our misuse of natural resources. The two are so tightly linked, that we will not solve the global financial crisis until we start re-thinking how we can use resources more efficiently and sustainably.  Planet RE:think investigates where we are failing and suggests what we can do to secure a future on a planet with finite resources. More:www.planetrethink.com

Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey! Nutrient Runoff
The use of fertilizers in agriculture has increased the productivity of our farms. However, this increase has come with a price. Fertilizers and other chemicals end up in our streams and rivers, and eventually in our oceans. The run-off from these chemicals creates algae blooms that result in dead zones and destroy our corals, fish and mangroves.

Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources
Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity.Infographic produced by FAO as a companion to its new study,

Water:Source of life

GLOBAL COMPACT LEADERS SUMMIT

2013 UNEP Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony

Izabella Teixeira, Champions of the Earth 2013
UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013 Policy Leadership [co-winner] Izabella Teixeira, Brazil



Brian McClendon Google Earth - Champions of the Earth 2013
UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013, Entrepreneurial Vision [co-winner]: Brian McClendon Google Earth, USA 

Jack Dangermond - Champions of the Earth 2013
UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013 Entrepreneurial Vision [co-winner]: Jack Dangermond  Environmental Systems Research Institute, USA

Veerabhadran Ramanathan - Champions of the Earth 2013
UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013 Science & Innovation: Veerabhadran Ramanathan, USA/India

Carlo Petrini - UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013
Carlo Petrini - Founder of Slow Food, Italy
UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013 Inspiration & Action [co-winner]

Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo Champions of the Earth 2013
UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013, Inspiration & Action [co-winner]:  Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo Community-Based Conservation Advocate, Mexico

Janez Potocnik - Champions of the Earth 2013
UNEP Champions of the Earth 2013 Policy Leadership [co-winner]: Janez Potocnik, Slovenia

Formalizing Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining
As the small-scale gold mining sector becomes more lucrative, the need to control the hazardous effects of mercury (among other issues) has also increased. But formalising the industry through developing National Strategic Plans is the new proposed solution.

Elephants in the Room

Meet Lewis Pugh: UNEP Patron of the Oceans

Lews Pugh is a renowned inspirational speaker, ocean advocate and pioneer swimmer. Having swum in all five oceans - including across the North Pole - he has joined UNEP as Patron of the Oceans to try and raise the proportion of marine ecosystems under protection from one per cent to ten percent. 

Mainstreaming the Sound Management of Chemicals into National Action Plans

Responsibilities in chemicals management - The Swedish perspective
The Swedish Minister of Environment, Ms Lena Ek launched on 24 April 2012 a Declaration of intent – towards the 2020 goal for sound management of chemicals. 

TEDx Talk by David Jensen "Natural Resources and Peacebuilding: Is the United Nations united?"
The presentation focuses on the need to address natural resource degradation, governance and benefit-sharing as fundamental components of peacebuilding in Afghanistan and other post-conflict countries. For more information, visit http://www.unep.org/ecp/TEDTalk

Lewis Pugh North Pole Challenge

Lewis Pugh named UNEP Patron of the oceans

Forests: The Heart of Green Economy

Forests provide livelihoods for up to 1 billion people and contribute trillions of USD to the global economy through products and services. Yet in some regions, deforestation continues at an alarming rate. As REDD+ aims to address market, policy, and institutional failures that undervalue the climate change mitigation service provided by the forest ecosystem, while protecting the rights of those who rely on the forests

Dr. Soen Nyunt-u - World Health Organization Representative, Mongolia

Help save the Gobi Desert bear

Rhinos Under Threat 16 minutes film
2012 was the deadliest year for rhinos since record-taking began. Introduced (and narrated in Chinese) by Chinese actress and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Li Bing Bing, Rhinos Under Threat follows the pouching chain from Africa to Vietnam and highlights the devastation of a species and the livelihoods that depend on these iconic animals.

Li Bing Bing Rhino Viral Video
2012 was the deadliest year for rhinos since record-taking began. Introduced by Chinese actress and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Li Bing Bing, Rhinos Under Threat Viral highlights the devastation of a species and the livelihoods that depend on these iconic animals.

World Migratory Bird Day 2013 Networking for migratory birds

Nick's Interview on Foodwaste on CCTV

CCAC 2013 GC Video

Forests - We all depend on them
Forests provide employment for up to 1 billion people and contribute over US$ 450 billion to the global economy. Yet in some regions, deforestation continues at an alarming rate. Produced by UNEP to mark the International Day of Forests, this film highlights the critical role of forests in supporting the environment, the economy, and human well-being.

Vsauce & Truthloader LIVE - How many people can live on Earth?

Mongolia to host WED 2013

Targeting the Source: Reducing SLCPs from Brick Production

Road Safety: Share The Road

Think Eat Save Campaign Launched

Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for the Environment. Message for the launch of Think Eat Save Campaign.
Think, Eat, Save - Reduce your foodprint UNEP, FAO and Partners Launch Global Campaign to Change Culture of Food Waste

UNEP MARKS AGREEMENT ON MINAMATA CONVENTION ON MERCURY

UNEP UPGRADED TO UNIVERSAL MEMBERSHIP
UN General Assembly Strengthens UNEP Role in Addressing Global Environmental Challenges - Renewed Focus on Improving Access to Technology and Capacity Building. New York 21 December 2012

Steven Stone Closing Remarks at Conference on Indicators for Inclusive Green Economy Policies

Andrea Bassi at Conference on Indicators for Inclusive Green Economy Policies

Erika Jorgensen at Conference on Indicators for Inclusive Green Economy Policies

Winston Moore and Amrika Singh at Conference on Indicators for Inclusive Green Economy Policies

The Mau Forest More Than Trees
Forests are one of the most valuable assets on earth.– but they are under threat as never before. This short film features people who depend on the Mau Forest in Kenya - one of the country’s most important water towers - and demonstrates how people and forests can be intimately linked.

Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund

South South Cooperation Exchange Mechanism
The South-South Cooperation Exchange Mechanism, focusing on environment related issues, provides a platform for practitioners, governments, donors, communities and academia with a wealth of knowledge regarding replicable solutions implemented in the "south".

New UNEP ROLAC Offices to be State of the Art and Green

Environmental Economist Pavan Sukhdev Named New UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

Alternatives to HCFCs: Taking on the challenge
This short documentary seeks out answers from the technical experts closest to the issue and showcases some inspiring conversion projects. Indeed, with financial assistance and technology transfer facilitated by the Protocol's Multilateral Fund, developing countries are already taking on the challenge, thus paving the way for the adoption of ozone and climate friendly alternatives to HCFCs.

2012 Year Book Launch

Champions of The Earth-Sander

Green Economy Curtain Raiser

Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey - Marine Litter
UNEP has partnered with cartoonist Jim Toomey – of Sherman’s Lagoon fame – in developing a series of six two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and the coastal environment.  From discarded fishing gear to plastic bags to cigarette butts, a growing tide of marine litter is harming our oceans and beaches worldwide. 

Reflections from a Champion - International Conference on Chemicals Management
In connection with the International Conference on Chemicals, Russian scientist Dr. Olga Speranskaya, UNEP Champions of the Earth laureate 2011, talks about the importance of finance to make chemicals management a reality for all. As co-chair of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), Dr. Speranskaya focusses on the importance for the world to  recognize that chemical safety is a great challenge and with climate change one of the major problems that we now face.

Bhutan, in pursuit of Sustainable Development
Bhutan, a small country ensconsed in the Himalayas, leads the way in the pursuit of holistic, inclusive and truly environmentally sustainable development. 
The joint UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative, PEI, is supporting the Royal Government of Bhutan's efforts in ensuring this greening effort is reflected in its development plans, programmes and budgets. In 2010, a Joint Support Programme with the Gross National Happiness Commission as the lead agency was implemented.

REDD 2012

Short Lived Climate Pollutants - SLCP
Pollutants that are short-lived in the atmosphere such as black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are responsible for a substantial fraction of current global warming with particularly large impacts in urban areas and sensitive regions of the world like the Arctic, and have harmful health and environmental impacts.

Addressing these short lived climate pollutants can have immediate, multiple benefits. Reducing them will protect human health and the environment now and s

Mangroves 2012

UNEP Honoured to Carry Olympic Flame en Route to London 2012 Opening Ceremony
Nick Nuttall, UNEP's Spokesperson and acting Director of Communications, carried the torch on its leg in the southern port city of Southampton. UNEP's invitation came as a result of its work with the International Olympic Committee and host cities on 'greening' the games and strengthening environmental measures as part of the third pillar of Olympism.

The Future We Want
The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 was the biggest UN conference ever and a major step forward in achieving a sustainable future – the future we want. In this short video, visitors to the UNEP Pavilion share their thoughts on the future they want for generations to come.

UNEP Chinese Children’s Painting Competition 2012
Young Chinese Artists Awarded in Special Ceremony at UNEP Headquarters. The winning pictures from the 2012 Chinese Children's Painting Competition show the beauty, quirks and challenges of the global environment through the eyes and imaginations of a talented group of 6 to 14 year-olds. The Chinese Children's Painting Competition, which began in 2008, is jointly run by UNEP and the Luo Hong Fund (founded by entrepreneur and wildlife photographer Luo Hong), with the aim of improving the e

Solar Packs

En.lighten initiative
Lighting is responsible for nearly 20% of the world's total electricity consumption and almost 6% of worldwide CO2 emissions. Simply shifting to efficient lighting would cut the electricity used for lighting globally by half.


African Carbon Asset Development (ACAD)
ACAD is the first project development support facility uniquely dedicated to increasing carbon project deal-flow in Africa.  This video showcases ACAD’s approach to market and capacity development (i.e. investment-project specific, demand-driven) and its role as a platform to leverage African growth toward a “green economy”. Through interviews with program staff and green entrepreneurs supported through the program, it aims to disseminate positive success stories on low-ca

Short Lived Climate Pollutants

Renewable Energy

Japan Tsunami Cleanup
A year after the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, killing just over 19,000 people, a group of international experts in post-disaster waste management were invited to Japan by the government for an information-exchange mission with local authorities.

Mercury in Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining

Sierra Leone at the crossroads
Ten years after the end of the civil war Sierra Leone is at a turning point in its history – and Sierra Leonians at a crossroads.

Human rights at Heart of Sustainable Development

Gender and Sustainable Development

UNEP Press Conference - Inclusive Green Economy Given Go Ahead by Heads of State at RIO plus 20

Inclusive Green Economy Given Go Ahead by Heads of State at RIO plus 20

Forward plus 50 in UNEP Pavilion

Monica visits UNEP Pavilion

The Future Women want Human Rights at the Heart of Sustainable Development

Mangroves

Students for Sustainability

Eyes on Oceans and Blue Carbon

Champions of the Earth 2012 Award Ceremony
Champions of the Earth is the United Nations' flagship environmental award that recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship, and civil society action. Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, Brazilian banker Fábio C. Barbosa and renewable energy entrepreneur Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber were among six winners of the United Nation’s Champions of the Earth 2012 award, given to those whose actions and leadership have had a po

Biogas

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation

TEEB Making Nature’s Values Visible
Pavan Sukdev former Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative talks about The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).

Banking on Green Economy

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber(UAE) visits UNEP Pavilion
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (UAE) Champions of the Earth 2012 laureate  visits UNEP Pavilion at Rio+20.

Going Green Private Investment

Circular Economy

Rio Green Economy

Going Green Pionering Private Investment

RIO+20 - UNEP Pavilion: An Example of Circular Economy

RIO+20 - UNEP Pavilion: Four Decades in Development

The UNEP Pavilion at Rio+20 showcased the theme of Green Economy and sustainable development in the context of poverty eradication.  With the support of key partners - The Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi, Eye on Earth, Microsoft and Siemens, - visitors could experience the Green Economy with an emphasis on youth&

6-minute speech seeks to change the world

WED Wrap up

Launch of Rio+20 Hymn by Maestro João Carlos Martins

GEO 5 Global Launch - Rio de Janeiro

Green Nation Fest

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bundchen Marks World Environment Day at Green Nation Fest

UNEP backs up New Green Technology Centre In Brazil

Brazil Launches Green Passport Campaign on Eve of World Environment Day Atop Corcovado Mountain

Youth Climate Report

Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey - Blue Carbon
UNEP has partnered with cartoonist Jim Toomey – of Sherman’s Lagoon fame – in developing a series of six two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and the coastal environment. With atmospheric carbon on the rise, the role that nature plays in sequestering it has become more important than ever. Forests are not the only ecosystems that absorb carbon dioxide, mangroves and other ocean plant life do a lot of that work too. 

The Plasticity Rio 2012 event
The Plasticity Rio 2012 event will be held on June 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, alongside the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit. The Plasticity website calls for “key plastics decision-makers, influencers and innovators” to attend, from the business, nonprofit and government worlds. Organizers, including Woodring, plan discussions on a variety of topics covering the entire lifecycle

Rhythms of the Earth

A single produced to celebrate World Environment Day 5th June 2012 & Rio+20 World Environmental Summit.
 
Many musicians and eminent percussionists took part in this non profit record to help raise funds to support crucial environmental projects.

Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5)

UNEP’s flagship publication Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report series keeps the state,
trends and outlook of the global environment under review. The release of GEO-5, the fifth in the series, is particularly timely and relevant in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which will take place in Brazil on June 20-22, 2012.
 
GEO-5 assesses progress towards key goals in the areas of Water, Land, B

Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5)_Portuguese

Segundo uma nova e abrangente avaliação coordenada pelo Programa das Nações Unidas para o Meio Ambiente (PNUMA), o mundo segue, a passos largos, por um caminho insustentável, a despeito da existência de mais de 500 metas e objetivos internacionalmente acordados de apoio à gestão sustentável do meio ambiente e promoção do bem-estar humano.
 
A quinta edição do Panor

Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5)_Arabic

UNEP’s flagship publication Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report series keeps the state,
trends and outlook of the global environment under review. The release of GEO-5, the fifth in the series, is particularly timely and relevant in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which will take place in Brazil on June 20-22, 2012.
 
GEO-5 assesses progress towards key goals in the areas of Water, Land, B

The Big SHFT: Changing the World with Innovation

The Big SHFT: Tom Szaky & TerraCycle

UNEP Champions of the Earth 2012 Laureate (Entrepreneurial Vision) - Fabio Barbosa

UNEP Champions of the Earth 2012 Laureate (Entrepreneurial Vision) - Sultan Al Jaber

UNEP Champions of the Earth 2012 Laureate (Grassroots Initiative) - Samson Parashina

UNEP Champions of the Earth 2012 Laureate (Inspiration and Action) - Bertrand Piccard

UNEP Champions of the Earth 2012 Laureate (Policy Leadership) - Tshakhia Elbegdorj

UNEP Champions of the Earth 2012 Laureate (Science and Innovation) - Sander van der Leeuw

Brazil Launches Green Passport Campaign

Rhythms del Mundo & Artists Project Earth present Footprint, featuring Sting’s Fragile

Don Cheadle on the Green Economy

Gisele Bundchen on the Green Economy

WED Challenge 2012 - Don Cheadle

WED Challenge Teaser

Our changing oceans
Oceans provide indispensable food reserves and livelihoods and account for two thirds of the value of all natural services essential to our quality of life. But, we are allowing this vital lifeline to be devastated by unsustainable human impact… The health and security of our oceans are our collective responsibility – one that we cannot afford to ignore as safe, healthy and productive seas and oceans are integral to human well-being, economic security and sustainable development. &n

WED Challenge 2012 - Ian Somerhalder

Watch Adventurer and UNEP Climate Hero, David De Rothschild's Exclusive Video

Don Cheadle, Actor and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, accepts the 2011 Eco Maverick Award

Achim Steiner: Panel Discussion on RIO+20 - Introduction by UNEP

Achim Steiner: Panel Discussion on RIO+20 - Way Forward

Executive Director's Panel Discussion on RIO+20 - Reflection by Former UNEP Executinve Director Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Executive Director's Panel Discussion on RIO+20 - Way Forward by Former UNEP Executinve Director Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Executive Director’s Panel Discussion on Stockholm +40 - Reflection by Former UNEP Executive Director Maurice Strong, presented on his behalf by Acting DCPI Director Nick Nuttall

Executive Director's Panel Discussion on Stockholm +40 - Reflection by Former UNEP Executinve Director Klaus Töpfer

Executive Director's Panel Discussion on Stockholm +40 - Way Forward by Former UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer

Executive Director's Panel Discussion on Stockholm +40 - Reflection by Former UNEP Executinve Director Mostafa Kamal Tolba

Executive Director's Panel Discussion on Stockholm +40 - Way Forward by Former UNEP Executive Director Mostafa Kamal Tolba

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcome message to UN Pavilion at Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea
The exhibits aim to raise awareness about the importance of healthy, safe and sustainable oceans. The displays also highlight the invaluable services and ecosystem functions provided by oceans and coasts - from the food we eat to the oxygen we breathe. The Pavilion also showcases what the United Nations is doing to protect the beauty and bounty of the marine environment.

Role of Grassroots Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy with Nick Nuttall

World Leaders on the Green Economy
Leaders from around the world talk about the importance of implementing the Green Economy..

UNEP 40th Anniversary - CITES
Why Celebrate UNEP at 40 – its wildlife treaty has helped protect your elephants and Kenya's biggest industry: tourism.
Thank You Kenya for Being Our Hosts Since 1972

UNEP 40th Anniversary - Lead phase out
Why Celebrate UNEP at 40 – it helped phase out lead in  petrol in Africa saving babies and infants from brain damage that globally was costing the world $2.4 trillion a year.                                                    &nb

World Environment Day 2012

Hazard Averted
UNEP, Sierra Leone's Environment Protection Agency and Innospec Partner to successfully decontaminate 93 barrels of Tetraethyl Lead with no spills or injuries

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bundchen's Green Awards Acceptance Speech

12th Special Session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) wrap up

UNEP SASAKAWA Prize Legacy and UNEP 40th Anniversary

40th anniversary marathon

H.E. Mr. Frederico Ramos de Armas,President, UNEP Governing Council-Interview

Powering the slums: Wind Power from Reclaimed Materials
From the heart of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, an innovative small enterprise is harnessing the ingenuity of local engineers and the power of the wind to provide cheap, clean energy. Craftskills Ltd started out in the Kibera slum making wind turbines from scrap motors and reclaimed aluminium. Now they employ over seventy staff, still making turbines from recycled material, for homes, schools and community centres in Kenya and beyond.
In this short film, Craftskills CEO Simon Mwacharo Guyo

Achim Steiner: UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors

Gisele Bündchen's Visit to Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya

UN Conference on the Human Environment - 1972

Millenium Ecosytem Assessment - Ecosystem Services
The short clips have been designed for practitioners to use in their work to explain the basics and give examples of what ecosystem services are and what are the consequences of the fact that they are under threat. The spot can be used as a curtain raiser and is designed for policy makers and the general public.  Millenium Ecosytem Assesment.

Dead Lighting
This short film on Energy conservation by Aidan Rawnsley was chosen as one of the finalists in the tv/e biomovies film competition in the 'UNEP Energy Prize' category.
watch them all at www.tvebiomovies.org, Like one? Watch it again! One view = one vote. One winner from each category will be announced on 1st February 2012.

Recharge
This short film by Sabika Muzaffar was chosen as one of the finalists in the tv/e biomovies film competition in the 'UNEP Energy Prize' category.
watch them all at www.tvebiomovies.org, Like one? Watch it again! One view = one vote. One winner from each category will be announced on 1st February 2012.

weather and mobile phones

Strengthening the management and surveillance of Marine Protected Areas
The video illustrates how the project is strengthening the management in two national parks and one natural park, in particular the enforcement and effective monitoring of these three marine protected areas through the development of maritime surveillance systems, which is helping to raise public awareness, and also improving the understanding of sea turtles and their habitats, manatees, and migrating water birds. The project promotes sustainable fisheries strategies, and contributes to income g

Lossi Fauna Reserve and Odzala Kokoua National Park
Conservation, natural resources management and social ecology development of the Lossi-Odzala Interzone
The video shows how to improve wildlife health monitoring and wildlife conservation planning an the contribution to research and biological monitoring, developing conservation enterprises as gorilla viewing ecotourism, and encouraging community-led management of natural resources. In addition, the project contributes to build local capacity to ensure continued and scientifically robust

Tribute to Wangari Maathai
To commemorate and honor the life and work of Professor Wangari Maathai, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) will open Forest Day 5, one of the most intensive and influential annual global events on forests, which took place in Durban on 4th December 2011, with a short video about the Nobel Laureate.

Highlights of opening press briefing - Durban
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, President of COP 17/CMP 7 and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres address the media at the official opening press conference of the two-week climate change negotiations in Durban.

How NOT to Save the World
Sometimes having your heart in the right place isn't enough.

Jack and Dean - No-Brainer Gamers

Power Shortage!
With the help of tv/e, you could win yourself an amazing $1500 prize. There are multiple prizes to be won, and tv/e can even help with the funds to create your video. For more information, visit: www.tvebiomovies.org

Stories from somewhere

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen wins International Green Award
UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and supermodel Gisele Bündchen became the first recipient of the ‘Best Green International Celebrity’ at the International Green Awards held at the Natural History Museum in London.

Green Economy Curtain Raiser

Reducing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants
Reducing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants

The Tipping Point: Sustained Stability in the Next Economy
Held under the theme The Tipping Point: Sustained stability in the next economy, UNEP's 13th Global Roundtable postulates that the decades-long niche discussion over sustainability has finally become part of mainstream business and policy-making. The tipping point, in other words, has been crossed, and there is no turning back.

Congo agriculture

Congo forest

Congo parks

Kinshasa

H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka Address to IPBES Plenary Session
Kenya's Vice president H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka addresses the First Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

New Marine Protected areas for sea turtles in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde & Sierra Leone
Spain - UNEP Partnership for Protected Areas in suport of LifeWeb. Initiating the creation of new Marine Protected areas for sea turtles in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde & Sierra Leone

Orangutans and the Economics of Sustainable Forest Management in Sumatra
Deforestation is responsible for approximately 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is therefore a major contributor to climate change, but also to the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services and a direct threat to Asia’s great ape – the orangutan. Much of the deforestation is caused by both illegal

Future Failure
tve biomovies is a film competition - in its second year - open to anyone aged from 9 to 99 around the world with access to a camera. You could receive US$300 to produce a one-minute film about the environment. Which bit of the environment? Choose a category and decide. Your film can be funny or serious, an animation, a drama or a documentary.

The Antarctic Ozone Hole - Full length Video
While the ozone hole has been considered by some as a solved problem, in fact its recovery is still many decades away and the effects and interactions of ozone depletion on climate change are just starting to be understood.

Promoting Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles for Better Air Quality
The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles supports developing countries in their efforts to improve fuel and vehicle technologies that reduce air pollution. The partnership builds on current trends and efforts in the development of fuel and vehicle technologies.

The Antarctic Ozone Hole - From Discovery to Recovery.Trailer
While the ozone hole has been considered by some as a solved problem, in fact its recovery is still many decades away and the effects and interactions of ozone depletion on climate change are just starting to be understood.
This short film seeks out explanations and answers from the scientists closest to the issue

Angelique Kidjo - 2011 Champion of the Earth

Louis Palmer - 2011 Champion of the Earth

Dr. Olga Speranskaya - 2011 Champion of the Earth

Young Kee Kim - 2011 Champion of the Earth

Zhang Yue - 2011 Champion of the Earth

Africa Water Atlas
Africa Water Resources Atlas: challenges and opportunities - combines visual time series imagery to visually show how climate change threatens the fresh water resources on the African continent. Using satellite pictures taken over long periods of time, the atlas now makes it possible for us to see changes that we were not able to see just 10 to 20 years ago. In addition, complex scientific studies accumulated over numbers of years is now presented in a user friendly form that all can under

Conservation from Chaos
DRC is home to more than half of Africa’s forests and fresh water. It is also the largest area of tropical forest after the Amazon. Watch the video to learn more.

UNEP Chief Addresses UN Security Council Debate on Climate Change and Security
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner delivers an address on the impact of climate change on maintaining international peace and security.

Share the Road focus on Africa

Project Kaisei Plastic Challenge

Reporting Green UNEP MEDIA workshop on journalism and the environment

WED Thank you message from Priyanka

WED CHALLENGE INDIA
Bollywood stars, Priyanka Chopra and Rahul Bose go head to head for the India WED Challenge.

Green Star Curtain Raiser

WED Challenge VIRAL

WED Legacy Diary 3 - Baby Zoya

WED Legacy Gorilla Diary 1 - Baby Legacy

WED Legacy Gorilla Diary 2 - Baby Waka Waka

Champions of the Earth award ceremony
Watch highlights of the 2011 the Champions of the Earth award ceremony. This years winners are President Felipe Calderon (Mexico) for Policy Leadership; Dr. Olga Speranskaya (Russia) for Science & Innovation; Mr. Zhang Yue (China) for Entrepreneurial Vision; and Mr. Louis Palmer (Switzerland) and Ms. Angélique Kidjo (Benin) for Inspiration & Action

President Calderon, accepts UNEP’s Award
Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, accepts UNEP’s Champions of the Earth Award in a speech at the American National Museum, New York.

Africa: Digital Graveyard
Mobile phones and computers have transformed the lives of many – yet billions of discarded electronic devices are ending up in landfills in the world’s poorest countries, posing a potentially lethal toxic threat. But one African country is finding innovative ways to handle this so called “e-waste

Angelique Kidjo, Benin - Champion of the Earth 2011
Champions of the Earth 2011

Louis Palmer, Switzerland - Champion of the Earth 2011

Dr. Olga Speranskaya, Russia - Champion of the Earth 2011

Zhang Yue, China - Champion of the Earth 2011

President Felipe Calderon on the Green Economy

Green Economy Curtain Raiser

Students on Ice
Students visiting Antarctica send a message to the 100 or more environment ministers gathering in Nairobi this week for UNEP's 26th Governing Council. Their message to world environment leaders is simple: Protect the Poles, Protect the Planet.

Environmental governance and green economy reinforced at Governing Council
Environmental governance and green economy reinforced at UNEP Governing Council.

Branching out for a Green Economy
This short animated film highlights the role forests can play in national development, a green economy and climate change. The film also reviews the impact of forest on business as usual and on transformative solutions. Narrated by David Attenborough.

UNEP eco-tourism series Malewa Wildlife Lodge in Kenya

Organic Pineapple Farming
Organic means many things to many people but for organic pineapple farmer Vincent Ssonko in Uganda organic simply means a better life.

Of Forests and Men
The United Nations mandated Yann Arthus-Bertrand to produce the official film for the launch of the International Year of Forests, 2011. Following the success of his film Home, seen by 400 million people, the photographer created a 7-minute short film on forests filled with aerial images from Home and the Earth from Above television series.

Wafalme - Kidz 4 Kidz in Haiti
After the earthquake hit Haiti, some street-children in from the slums in Nairobi felt they should do something to support children in Haiti, now living in conditions as bad as and even worse than their own.

Little Things
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity  (TEEB)  partnered with Mofilm (mofilm.com) to host a film competition to communicate "Why nature is precious to me." Little Things by Lawrence Chen won 1st prize More <<teeb4me.com>

Always There
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity  (TEEB) partnered with Mofilm (mofilm.com) to host a film competition to communicate "Why nature is so precious. Always There by Chris Bailey, John Chiappone, Jake Naish & David Zandma won the 2nd prize. More <<teeb4me.com>

Your Invoice
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity  (TEEB) partnered with Mofilm (mofilm.com) to host a film competition to communicate "Why nature is so precious." Your Invoice by Karen Erbach won 3rd prize. More <<teeb4me.com>

Including Plants
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity  (TEEB) partnered with Mofilm (mofilm.com) to host a film competition to communicate "Why nature is so precious." Including Plants by Hugh Mitton  won 4th prize. More <<teeb4me.com>

One World
onomics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity  (TEEB) partnered with Mofilm (mofilm.com) to host a film competition to communicate "Why nature is so precious." One World by Perrine Liévois  won 5th prize. More <<teeb4me.com>

Bright Year for Biodiversity
2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, began on a mute note after it emerged that no single country had achieved the target of substantially reversing the rate of loss of biodiversity. But it has ended on a far more positive one that underlines a new determination to act on the challenges and deliver the opportunities possible from a far more intelligent management of the planet’s nature-based assets.

Up in Smoke by Adam Wakeling
Filmed over 4 years in Honduras and the UK, the film follows British scientist Mike Hands, who has laboured for 25 years to perfect a sustainable farming technique to replace slash and burn farming in equatorial rainforests. This technique could save more carbon emissions annually than all global transport combined. It is a ­film about one of the biggest contributors to tropical deforestation and global warming: slash and burn agriculture.

From Fire To Flowers
"Combating climate change while simultaneously getting energy to the two billion people without access to it are among the central challenges of this generation. Geothermal is 100 per cent indigenous, environmentally-friendly and a technology that has been under-utilized for too long.." Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

Heating Up The Renewable Energy Debate

Global Fuel Economy Initiative - 50 by 50 Campaign
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative: Clean Tech in Action  - Improving vehicle efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Vehicle efficiency improvements could cap CO2 emissions from cars at current levels, even if kilometers driven double by 2050.

Play 4 the Planet

Banking on Africa's Green Economy - Nuru Designs
The solar and pedal-powered rechargeable LED lights produced by Nuru Designs are transforming life in rural Rwanda, by enabling children to study, home-based businesses to operate, and households to function after dark, as well as reducing emissions. The African Carbon Asset Development Facility (ACAD)

The Polar Explorer
 Mark Terry’s new climate change documentary reports on new scientific discoveries made at both poles – the Arctic and the Antarctic. Expeditions made by the British Antarctic Survey and ArcticNet were filmed in October 2010 to provide the most current findings.

Spain-UNEP Partnership for LifeWeb Initiative
The Partnership promotes Protected Area conservation and community development through technical, educational and financial assistance. The video introduces the Partnership, highlights a selection of projects on the ground and includes interviews from implementing partners. http://www.spain-unepforpas.org/home.html

Union of Green - Climate change
The need to change our production model is more urgent and more evident than ever before. While international agreements against climate change are being discussed, one of the keys to changing habits in the workplace will be the involvement of trade unions around the world.

Green Chemistry

World table tennis champion Deng Yaping plays for the planet
Proving her table tennis swing remains top-class, 18-time Chinese Olympian Deng Yaping played for the health of the planet at the Headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. "I love to play table tennis. But here’s one thing no one should play with: our planet," she said as she recorded a UNEP public service announcement that will soon be broadcast globally

Chinese Painting Competition Wrap Up

Winners of the 3rd Chinese Children's Painting Competition
A staggering 2.6 million Chinese schoolchildren have taken part in a painting contest run by the Luo Hong Environmental Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). After sifting through huge piles of paintings, the jusges have finally chosen twenty winners.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Biodiversity: Nature in Action” and the artists, all between 6 and 13 years old, submitted an eclectic range of drawings, showing an im

UNEP talks live to 'Plastiki' crew on final leg of epic voyage

Global problems, local solutions
Watch how the City of Arendal, the County of Aust-Adger and Norway are moving towards climate neutrality

Global problems local solutions
Watch how the City of Arendal, the County of Aust-Adger and Norway are moving towards climate neutrality

WED: The Week that Was
World Environment Day 2010 was hosted by Rwanda. Events took place around the world leading up to the day itself - June 5th - which culminated in the announcement of Don Cheadle as a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, a baby mountain gorilla naming ceremony, and a strengthened commitment to conserving these magnificent animals.

Oceans
“Oceans”,  dives into the waters that sustain humankind, exploring the harsh reality and the amazing creatures that live within. Directed by Jacques Perrin and featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technology, “Oceans” offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea.

FIFA 2010 Green Goal
The greening project, entitled "Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Major Sporting Events, FIFA 2010 and the Green Goal", aims to leave a lasting legacy that will be continued by the city municipalities post the tournament to save energy consumption by adopting renewable energy and energy efficiency practices.

Videograms from Rwanda: Solutions from the natural world

Videograms from Rwanda: Poverty and Environment Initiative
A video about the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) in Rwanda.
Poor people depend on the environment for their livelihoods and well-being. Improved management of the environment and natural resources contributes direclty to poverty reduction, more sustainable livelihoods and pro-poor growth. To fight poverty, to promote security and to preserve the ecosystems that poor people rely on for their livelihoods, we must place pro-poor economic growth and environmental sus

Videograms from Rwanda: Biodiversity

Videograms from Rwanda :Genocide and the Environment

Videograms from Rwanda:Poverty and Environment Initiative Village
A video about the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) in Rwanda.
Poor people depend on the environment for their livelihoods and well-being. Improved management of the environment and natural resources contributes direclty to poverty reduction, more sustainable livelihoods and pro-poor growth. To fight poverty, to promote security and to preserve the ecosystems that poor people rely on for their livelihoods, we must place pro-poor economic growth and environmental sus

Videograms from Rwanda:Highland Water Towers

Videograms from Rwanda: Poverty and Environment
Inspiring and enriching examples of ecosystem restoration in Rwanda.

Love Your Environment

The constant tree planter

Run for Water

2010 - International Year of Biodiversity
The planet’s natural resources,its biodiversity, provides our wealth,our health,our food and fuel.130 species become extinct each day.Alarmed at this assault on nature,the  United Nations has declared 2010 the international year of biodiversity.

Blue Carbon Press Conference

Blue Economy
Gunter Pauli, author and founder of Zeri introduces his ideas on how 100 innovations could create one hundred million jobs in the next decade

Innovative Water Purification Systems
An innovative water purification system saves energy, eliminates the use of harmful chemicals and could generate 250,000 jobs within a decade.

One Planet:Our Responsibility

Recycling - From E-Waste to Resources
>A look at what happens to our E-Waste and how recycling could create jobs in developing countries through recycling plants, save valuable metals used in e-waste and prevent hazardous materials being dumped on the developing world.

The Governing Council President

Trees, Water and People - Sasakawa Prize Laureate
Trees, Water and People (TWP) collaborates with local NGOs to distribute fuel-efficient cook stoves which burn 70% less wood, saving families US$1 - $5/day, and decrease harmful carbon emissions by 1 tonne CO2eq/year per stove for domestic users. The project also includes reforestation efforts which to date account for the planting of three million trees in Latin America

Clean Affordable Lighting solutions - Sasakawa Laureate
Nuru Design brings clean, affordable lighting solutions to rural communities in Rwanda, Kenya and India with portable, rechargeable LED lights. The lights can be recharged by solar panel or by human power using the world’s first commercially available pedal generator. The reduction in kerosene expenses saves households up to USD$8 per month per household.

Hope in a Changing Climate
Drawing from the Loess Plateau experience in China, this documentary demonstrates that it is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, to restore ecosystem functions in areas where they have been lost, to fundamentally improve the lives of people who have been trapped in poverty for generations, and to sequester carbon naturally.

Help unchop a tree
“Help unchop a tree” is one component of Maya Lin’s “What is Missing?” campaign, which honours the animals, birds and plants which are in danger of becoming extinct. The video highlights the urgent need to halt the decimation of the world’s rainforests for both climate and biodiversity reasons.

Responsible Business-The Road To Copenhagen
Companies profiled:
BASF; ALSTOM; C.F.Moller; Danfoss Group, Denmark.

Responsible Business-The Road To Copenhagen
Companies Profiled:
Vattenfall, Sweden; First Solar, USA; Carrefour,France

Responsible Business-The Road To Copenhagen
Companies Profiled:
DSM, Netherlands; Hitachi, Japan; SCA, Sweden; Siemens, Germany.

Climate Express to Copenhagen

Easy Like Water
In Bangladesh, solar-powered boat-schools are turning the front lines of climate change into a community of learning. As the water steals the land, one man’s vision is re-casting the rising rivers as channels of communication and transforming lives.

Seal The Deal Campaign

The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning
This documentary goes to the source of the climate change crisis: Antarctica. Here it explores first-hand the environmental challenges facing that frozen continent and, by extension, the world.

CAUGHT OUT... The Way Forward For Fisheries Subsidies

HARD RAIN - Our Headlong Collision With Nature
Photographs from around the world illustrate Bob Dylan’s prophetic song, setting the scene for an unforgettable exploration of the state of our planet.

The Road To Copenhagen (Tunza Conference)

Climate Thinkers-Nicholas Stern
Prof. Nicholas Stern. Author, The Economics of Climate Change.

Climate Thinkers - Pavan Sukhdev
Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor and Head of Green Economy, talks about how controlling blue, green, black and brown carbon compositely will help us deal with climate change rather than focusing on just one form of carbon emission.

The Road To Copenhagen (Peugeot-Citroen)

Africa Water Resources
Africa Water Resources Atlas: challenges and opportunities - combines visual time series imagery to visually show  how climate change threatens the fresh water resources on the African continent. Using satellite pictures taken over long periods of time, the atlas now makes it possible for us to see changes that we were not able to see just 10 to 20 years ago. In addition, complex scientific studies accumulated over numbers of years is now presented in a user friendly form that all can under

Share The Road
For the majority of people in developing countries the only viable mobility options are walking, cycling and public transport. Yet with deteriorating, or non-existent, infrastructure for non-motorised transport and public transport, these low-carbon modes are becoming increasingly unsafe. Share the Road: Minimum 10% Finance for Safety, Environment and Accessibility is a joint UNEP - Foundation for the Automobile and Society initiative.

Journey to the Polar Ice Rim
A behind the scenes look at the UN Secretary-General’s recent visit to the Arctic where he witnessed first hand the rapid effects on the local environment caused by global warming.

REDD Alert
Could carbon become the developing world’s new cash crop? Tropical forests store a quarter of the earths carbon and suck in 15 per cent of all the CO2 we emit each year. A new international concept called REDD, aims to make tropical forests more valuable as living, breathing ecosystems than if they are cleared for farmland. Earth Report travels to the vast rainforests of Africas Congo Basin, to find out if forests can realistically pay their way as global carbon stores and who will benefit

6 Billion Others - Climate voices
Climate change is amongst the most important global challenges with which millions of people will have to content. For this film, 600 interviews were conducted in 17 countries. Testimonies were not only gathered from people whose lives are directly affected by climate change, but also in countries where the issue is far from people’s concerns.

Floating Gardens
Bangladesh faces severe problems  as a consequence of storms, cyclones and floods. The ancient practice of floating gardens - beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown - is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

Sinking Islands
In the south of Bangladesh,  islands are literally being washed away by tidal surges and storms, as a consequence of climate change in the country.

Yellow River Blues
The sixth longest in the world, the Yellow River and its basin have been associated with China’s prosperity for thousands of years. In recent decades, rapid economic development has increased the river’s pollution and sediment levels, posing major challenges in managing its water for agriculture, industry, power generation and domestic uses. A new study cautions that climate change can reduce the volume of water, adding pressure on all sectors to share water more efficiently and care

Janos Pasztor, UN Climate Change Team
Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, expresses concern that just weeks away from the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen, public support in the United States may be declining.

Ban Ki-moon on "The Road to Copenhagen"
An interview with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the current state of climate change and what needs to be done by all the stakeholders.

Oceans of Plenty

Melting Glaciers
A young well-educated Sherpa takes a journey back to his ancestral village in the Himalayas, to see for himself the problems his people face as a consequence of global warming.

REDD as part of the solution
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries - is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests.

Vietnam's Mangroves

Boat Schools - Bangladesh
This short film highlights the innovative introduction of floating schools to flood prone Bangladesh.

Cambodia's Lake
Tonle Sap lake in central Cambodia used to be a fisherman's heaven, but growing population pressures, the advent of commercial fishing, and the onset of climate change have left the fishermen who live in beautiful floating villages on the lake shore in dire straits.

Gisele - let’s work together for the future of the planet

Seal the Deal! Public Service Announcement
Inspiring figures here who have joined the Seal the Deal! campaign, and given us their time, talent and energy to help combat Climate Change.

What if...
What if...The Earth’s protective ozone layer was destroyed? What if...The gases that cause climate change were double what they are today?

Ozone and Climate Change
The Montreal Protocol focuses on the protection of the earth’s ozone layer. This treaty has enabled both developed and developing countries to achieve a near total phase-out in the production and use of most ozone depleting substances.

The Mau Forest Complex in Kenya

Deal or No Deal

Trade me
Trade Me is New Zealand’s largest eCommerce company and the country’s most visited website with over 1.9 million members. Through online auctions alone, kiwis buy, sell and reuse over 6 million used items every year, reducing waste to landfill and saving the energy and resources required to produce new items. In April 2008 Trade Me became carbon neutral and facilitated the first trade of Kyoto credits in New Zealand.

Meridian Energy
Carbon management is business as usual for Meridian Energy. Meridian is the largest energy producer in Australia and third largest retailer and has sought carbon neutrality as well as producing energy through renewable resources such as wind and water. 

Grove Mill Wine

Christ Church Airport

Khatun’s Green Revenge
Cleaning the environment and securing a sustainable future for the planet can create millions of green jobs.  In India the Self Employed Women’s Association - SEWA - has brought together over a million women toiling in the informal sector and is already putting into practice each and every element of a sustainable green economy.

Green future for women in India
From garment workers earning less than a dollar a day to engineers in renewable energy. In Bangladesh the Grameen Shakti have 2 million solar panels installed and creating women entrepreneurs, they are providing green energy, a green economy and green jobs providing a decent living to local women.

Paint For the Planet

Freshwater under Threat South Asia: Crowded Land, Drying Rivers
Rising temperatures are fast melting glaciers in the Himalayas, the origin of major rivers flowing across the Indian subcontinent. Reduced river flow can upset water balance for millions. Meanwhile, rapidly swelling glacial lakes can trigger flash floods. Based on Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change report series <http://www.roap.unep.org/pub/index.cfm>

George Schaller's message to the Year of the Gorilla
World renowned conservationist George Schaller, one of the first to look at gorillas from a modern, scientific perspective, gives a recount of his experiences and an outlook on the future and obstacles of gorilla conservation. Year of the Gorilla web site <http://www.yog2009.org/>

Creeping Deserts
In West Africa,the Sahara desert is growing by thousands of square kilometres a year and the search for water for people and their animals becomes ever more desperate.

Holy Forests
The story of a Buddhist monk who in the 1990’s started re-planting a forest that had been destroyed by US bombing during the Vietnam war, and logging companies thereafter. His interest at first was to create a place to meditate, but as time passed he started to realise that his forest could also help mitigate the effects of climate change on nearby farming communities.

Swapping Crops
For millenniums the people of southern Nepal have grown rice - in a country where the grain is a symbol of worship, other crops are considered unworthy. But monsoon rains, which rice cultivation so desperately depends on, have become increasingly erratic, leading farmers to think, and in some cases implement, the unthinkable - bananas!

Towards a low- carbon future Debate
Making the climate case neutral to the public.

Kenya’s Invasive Species
In Kenya, invasive plant and insect species have made farmers who rely on mango and avocado export redundant; they have wiped out entire flower farms and they threaten indigenous plant and animal species in protected and unprotected areas.

The aliens have landed! Zebra mussels - USA
Native to the Caspian and Black Seas, Zebra mussels affect fisheries, mollusc diversity, and electric power generation in the Great Lakes in North America and Mississippi basin.

The Aliens have landed! Cane toads - Australia
Invasive Species are plants, animals or micro-organisms whose introduction to a new ecosystem threatens biodiversity, as well as food security, human health, trade, transport and/or economic development. Invading alien species might be costing the global economy more than any other form of environmental disruption – $1.4 trillion a year. 

The aliens have landed! Burmese python - USA
Invasive Species are plants, animals or micro-organisms whose introduction to a new ecosystem threatens biodiversity, as well as food security, human health, trade, transport and/or economic development. According to one calculation, the economic damage from invading alien species might be costing the global economy more than any other form of environmental disruption – $1.4 trillion a year. 

The aliens have landed! Love grass - Brazil.
Invasive Species are plants, animals or micro-organisms whose introduction to a new ecosystem threatens biodiversity, as well as food security, human health, trade, transport and/or economic development. According to one calculation, the economic damage from invading alien species might be costing the global economy more than any other form of environmental disruption – $1.4 trillion a year. 

Mekong: Watch that River
South East Asia’s largest river, the Mekong, has withstood decades of pressure from rising human numbers, growing industrial activity and more demands for water and food. Scientists working for UNEP have found how climate change could upset this balance in the coming years and decades.

Aliens from Planet Earth

Highland Malaria
As temperatures continue to warm around the world, malaria looks over to strengthen its hold over communities.

After The Wave
When the Asian Tsunami struck in December 2004,over 200,000 people were killed and 1.5 million left homeless. We travel to Thailand Sri Lanka and Indonesia to investigate what has happened "after the Wave"

Sink Or Swim
There is a dramatic increase in the frequency and magnitude of disasters caused by extreme weather. Even average weather no longer follows predictable patterns.

Timber Future
Tracking the rainforest by satellite, scientists at the NASA Earth Observatory estimate that if the current rate of deforestation continues, the world’s rainforests will vanish within 100 years. The destruction, they say, will cause unquantifiable effects on global climate, and eliminate the majority of plant and animal species on the planet.

Solutions for Saving the Planet : Jamtland Biomass
In the face of increasing energy prices, the European Union plans to reduce its use of fossil fuels by 20% before 2020, saving an estimated €60 billion on the European Union’s energy bill. One county in Sweden that has switched to a more sustainable source of energy is Jamtland. Today, more than 60% of its heat and power is derived from biomass. The county’s aim is to become a 100% non-fossil fuel region by 2015.

Persistent Organic Pollutants
Some Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) were used for special purposes such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the electric and electronic industry. But the long-lasting negative effects of these pollutants have now penetrated food chains and are contaminating both animals and human beings.

Janine Benyus - Biomimicry Institute
Champions of the Earth 2009 - As the President of the Biomimicry institute in Montana, Mrs. Benyus consults with sustainable business, academic and government leaders on what we can learn from nature's genius.

Kevin Conrad and the Coalition for Rain forest Nations
Champions of the Earth 2009 - Mr. Conrad has become a tireless and vocal campaigner on better aligning fiscal and market incentives for improved management of tropical forests that better capture the economically-central services they provide to communities and to the global community.

Minister of the Environment and International Development, Norway
Champions of the Earth 2009 - Mr. Solheim places the environment at the forefront of European politics. As a strong advocate of the integral relationship between environment and development, he has been a key supporter of environmental actions at national and global levels.

Ron Gonen - Recycle Bank
Champions of the Earth 2009 - As CEO and Co-founder, Mr. Gonen believes that by offering rewards which can be redeemed for consumer products at over1,400 local and national retailers, people are motivated to recycle more.

Tena Kebena and Ginfle Cleaning Association
Champions of the Earth 2009 - The association was created to celebrate the new generation of dynamic,passionate individuals and organizations around the world who are making a real difference for the environment.

Tulsi Tanti - Suzlon Energy
Champions of the Earth 2009 - Suzlon Energy is the fifth largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world and the largest in Asia. Chairman and Managing Director, Tulsi Tanti, is credited for advocating "green business is good business."

Yann Arthus Bertrand - GoodPlanet.org
Champions of the Earth 2009 - French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has helped people around the world see our planet in a new light - beautiful, fragile, threatened - through his breathtaking aerial photographs from the remotest parts of the globe.

Lead PhaseOut-Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles
Air pollution is estimated to cause 800,000 deaths each year and costs the global economy 1billion dollars each year.

Timothy E. Wirth - USA
Champions of the Earth 2008 - For his work as the head of the UN Foundation and Better World Fund, he established the environment as a priority and mobilized resources to address it.

Delta Force
Earth Report finds out how communities are preparing themselves for increasing flooding and sea level rise caused by climate change. The Zambezi, Africa’s fourth longest river is Mozambique’s lifeblood. The delta is a vast area of fertile farmland. But flooding is becoming more frequent.

Mt.Kilimanjaro Initiative
Every year the Kilimanjaro Initiative, a Nairobi-based NGO, organizes an ascent to the rooftop of Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb brings together youth from various slums in Africa, as well as participants from the public and private sector.

Earth Hour
A World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative, Earth Hour has the goal of motivating one billion people in more than 1,000 cities around the world to switch off their lights for one hour on Saturday 28 March 2009 .Its a symbolic global event which aims to send a powerful message,it’s possible for everyone to take action on climate change.

Naivasha : Story of an African Rift Valley lake
This short film explores the environmental pressures threatening Lake Naivasha, a fresh water lake in Kenya’s Rift Valley.  It looks at the importance of the lake for the Kenyan economy and for the communities around it.

Ocean Acidification
The scientists note that ocean acidification is already detectable and is accelerating. They caution that its negative impacts can be avoided only by limiting future atmospheric CO2 levels.

Escaping Floods- Mozambique
All along the banks of the Zambezi, vulnerable populations are being moved to resettlement sites, where they are safe from the floods but no longer have access to their farms and livelihoods. Rebuilding them is proving difficult.

Drip Irrigation- Senegal
Drip irrigation has become popular in Senegal, where an Israeli NGO is teaching farmers the simple technique that gives them control over their crops and does not leave them entirely at the mercy of the climate.

Harvesting Rain-Kenya
In the arid farmlands of eastern Kenya, a German NGO has been helping communities to harvest rain. Using the occasional rock features that interrupt the otherwise flat landscape, they are building simple reservoirs to catch rainwater as it runs down the rock face.

HOME: a film by Yann Arthus Bertrand
HOME is a travel notebook, showing landscapes captured from a bird’s eye view above. This film calls for a new awareness, inviting the viewer to stop for a moment in order to look at our planet and realize how we treat her treasures and her beauty. The film will be internationally released on World Environment Day.

Nor any Drop to Drink
Looking at how countries in the Middle East are beginning to confront the stark reality of too many people and too little water.Innovative ideas at local level often provide solutions for local water shortages.

SUMAWA - Research for Life
Achieving Sustainable Watersheds: Research4Life’s OARE platform helps researchers in Kenya address local environmental challenges. OARE is an international public-private consortium coordinated by UNEP, Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers.

Trees For Love
Prof. Wangari Maathai wraps up a heart warming short film about a tree planting event in Nairobi, Kenya to celebrate Valentines Day. 

Green is the New Big Deal
The Global Green New Deal, part of the UNEP Green Economy initiative, for ministers from the North and the South attending UNEP Governing Council is an anti-dote to the current economic woes. It represents an opportunity to accelerate towards innovation-led, low carbon, low waste Green Economy societies with decent employment prospects for many more millions of people.

Geothermal Electricity in Kenya

Fair works

Think Globally Act Locally
In 2008, Norway and the city of Arendal were among the first participants of the Climate Neutral Network (CN net) <http://www.unep.org/climateneutral>. One year on, we come to Arendal to see what climate neutrality means for the city and its people.

Making the Olympics Green
The Beijing Olympics met if not exceeded many of its pledges on the environment, according to an assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From reducing air pollution to big investments in public transport and renewable energies, the organizers made major efforts to ensure that the 2008 Games marked a step forward in terms of an Eco-friendly mass spectator sporting event.

Looking Back and Looking Forward
2008 was one of the most devastating years on record. Issues such as climate change and deforestation were some of the evident problems during the year. In 2009 however, UNEP seeks to enhance and come up with solutions on this areas.

Greening UNEP
UNEP is working together with UNON on greening the UN Gigiri compound in Nairobi, Kenya.

Breathing Hope into Kabul
Toxic car fumes and heavy dependency on firewood are fast becoming a significant problem in Kabul.Residents rely on firewood for their basic needs, heating construction and cooking. This leads to emissions of ultra fine particles to the atmosphere which has an increased impact on health.Air pollution in Kabul has led to 2,000 deaths annually.These problems arise mostly due to lack of electricity.

Kenyan Atlas of Our Changing Environment
In the footsteps of One Planet Many People, and Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, this is the newest in a suite of UNEP Atlases that have inspired decision-makers to action through the power of photographs. This Atlas does two unique things: it assesses Kenya’s progress towards its own goals of improving the  environment to achieve development goals; and it delivers a stunning bird’s-eye view of environmental change through the use of paired satellite images.

Power to the People
Practical Action is working in Peru’s eastern Andes where 68 percent of the population- around 5million people- do not have access to electricity.The project makes use of the region’s vast potential for hydroelectricity: to date, 47 micro-hydro schemes have been installed in the area through practical Action, bringing clean power to about 30,000 people.

Midnight Sun
Sunlabob Rural Energy is bringing energy to remote rural communities in Lao PDR, a country where just 48 per cent of the population has access to grid electricity, mostly in cities and town. Through Sunlabob, over 1,800 solar-home-systems (SHS) and 500 solar lanterns are being rented to families in 73 different villages across Lao PDR. In an area where most people rely on highly polluting kerosene lamps, the initiative rents out solar lighting at a lower price than kerosene.

No boundaries for Life
In the Mara, the Kenyan range of the wildebeests’ population has dropped to about 25% of what it was at the end of the 1970s. This’s generally attributed to the expansion of agriculture in the Loita Plains which started in the 1980s. The Masai Mara is perhaps the most famous of Kenya’s tourist attractions and the annual migration of the wildebeest and other large mammals is one of the Mara’s most compelling features.

Fighting for trees
Element Climate Change Series  follows the stories of five exceptional individuals who’ve decided to tackle climate change head on. - In this film we meet Bremley, who is fighting deforestation and desertification in his native Northeast India

Corporations Tackling the Global Water Crisis : The Water Facility - Kenya
The Water Facility was set by the European Union in 2002, to provide safe drinking water to countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions. The Water Facility does not just donate money or equipment, but ensures that local communities take ownership of the project and also trains them to maintain the equipment and networks - the reason for its success.

Fighting for Trees
Element Climate Change Series  follows the stories of five exceptional individuals who’ve decided to tackle climate change head on. - In this film we meet Bremley, who is fighting deforestation and desertification in his native Northeast India.

Pay back time
Predictions on climate change and its implications for the world are bleak. The reduction of carbon emissions and the need for rapid introduction of renewable energy has become a race to save the planet.

No hiding place

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
Champions of the Earth 2008 - For his remarkable commitment to sustainable development in Monaco. Under his leadership, Monaco is now applying an exemplary policy on CO2 reduction in every sphere of society as well as in the business sector.

H. E. Liz Thompson-Barbados
Champions of the Earth 2008 - For her outstanding work at the national and international levels. She is one of the recognized leaders on environmental issues of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

H.E. Abdul-Qader Ba-Jammal-Yemen
Champions of the Earth 2008 - For his environmental policies as Minister and then as Prime Minister in Yemen. He established its Ministry of Water and Environment and the Environment Protection Authority.

Clean Energy

World Environment Day Celebrations 2008
Highlights from the World Environment Day international celebrations held in New Zealand

Montreal Protocol Who’s who
This short introductory video tells the story of the Montreal Protocol at a glance. Humanity took its fate in hands and acted to preserve the ozone layer, and life on earth, through the Montreal Protocol.The Montreal Protocol Who’s Who pays tribute to those individuals who were essential in realizing this global effort for the sake of humanity and life on earth.

Global Compact
Responsible Business explores the role of the corporation in advancing sustainable economic and social development and solving global problems through multi-stakeholder partnerships. Promoting the principles put forth by the United Nations Global Compact, the series presents companies demonstrating leadership in adopting these principles throughout their business.

Volvo Ocean Race
This is a 35,000 km race around the world using vane energy.It creates a great opportunity to send the message out "using energy that doesn’t pollute to combat climate change."

Sports & Environment
Sports events and fans have an opportunity as well as a responsibility to address the environmental impact of sports. It also looks at how to use these events as a way of communicating to all of us about what the environmental issues of today are. Sports has to be part of the solution not problem.

Ken Noguchi- conqueror of the highest peak through 7 continents
He’s now giving back to the mountains through cleaning expeditions on the mountains and shores and educating children on creating an Eco-friendly society by giving them hands -on experience than just abstract knowledge.

Kids Can
The nee generation stand-up for the world’s rights and plans to care for the planet through reducing, re-using and recycling.

Greening Jobs
Consumers in North America throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour plastic bottles that can be recycled, along with other materials we dispose of daily such as paper, metals and glass. In Brazil, energy company Endessa has come up with an innovative solution to encourage people to recycle free energy in exchange for garbage! The programme is having remarkable results.

President Calderon
Mexico will host the international World Environment day for the year 2009, and plans to have a planting day where they plan to break their own tree planting record of 10 million trees in 2008.

Melting Ice
Global warming in the arctic region warms up twice as much as the global rate and has led to the melting of neighbouring mines.

Near Zero
The ’Near Zero Station’ is one of the useful ways that the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya, has set up to reduce the UN’s impact on the local environment. Kenya is already struggling with solid waste pollution and the UN is leading the way through positive examples.

iWonder
Have you ever wondered what you could do to change things around you?

Global food supplies
Global food supplies are not equally distributed and food prices are rising. The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, IAASTD, argues that these factors pose a major global challenge. Increasingly politicians are looking to scientists and other disciplines for information that will assist them to make better decisions

Tale of two lights
In rural southern India, UNEP’s ingenious locally financed solar project is improving living conditions and, surprisingly, saving lives too!

Sports, Peace and Environment
An exciting UNEP arrangement that links sporting activities and peace initiatives to the environment.

Endessa
Forteleza, capital of sierra in Brazil has a population of 30million people and produces 3,300 tonnes of garbage gaily. Prof. Albert Brasil looks at three major points which are crucial to the creation of a cleaning up project; The huge amount of waste that was harming the environment, raw material needs of local companies and large number of people struggling to pay their energy bills.

Green Buildings
Buildings are often overlooked when people think of the impact on the environment. However, buildings directly account for over 30% of all CO2 emissions in the world. Norwegian company - Hydro - has come up with a concept for designing sustainable, low-carbon footprint buildings.

Glacier Monitoring
Glaciers are a critical component of the earth’s system and the current accelerated melting and retreat of glaciers have severe impacts on the environment and human well-being. Monitoring glacier changes and providing scientific, sound, consistent and illustrative facts and figures on glaciers are therefore critical functions in today’s world says Peter Gilruth, Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment of the UN Environment Programme.

Google Africa Atlas
People can fly to some of the worlds most dramatic environmental hotspots courtesy of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)s innovative use of the popular mapping tool Google Earth. The new computer service allows armchair environmentalists as well as politicians, researchers and business executives to zoom in, whizz past and monitor close to 200 sites.

Vertical Farming
Many East Africans depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.Returning to traditional multi-crop farming methods promise the best chance of withstanding the changing climate.

Electric Fishing
For 5,000 years the Marsh Arabs lived in the mythical ’Garden of Eden’ in the marshes of southern Iraq. Desperate to make a living some choose fishing techniques such as to poison or electrocute their catch.

Climate Fever
According the UN, climate change currently contributes to an increasing global burden of ill health and premature death. A hallmark study by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health charted the relationship between temperature and childhood diarrhoea.

Ivory Poaching Wars
More than 60 per cent of the worlds elephants were killed by poachers in the 1970s and 80s. Since then an international ban on the ivory trade has helped herds recover. But new evidence is emerging that poaching is again on the rise. Now investigators are using a new DNA technique to identify the killing fields.

Sudan Post Conflict
A Post Conflict Environment Assessment Report.

After Tsunami
An examination of the recovery process after the Asian Tsunami.

Iraqi Marshlands: On the road to recovery
The Iraqi Marshlands considered by some as the original biblical "Garden of Eden" and an ecosystem of global importance had been almost entirely destroyed by the time the former Iraqi regime collapsed in 2003. The UNEP project, "Support for Environmental Management of the Iraqi Marshlands", is helping the Iraqi people to restore the marshlands and manage them in a sustainable manner, as well as providing safe drinking water and sanitation systems to marshlands communities lac

GCSS-X Curtain Raiser
The opening ceremony of the GC/GMEF in Monaco on 20th February 2008.

Global Environment Outlook-4
The latest in UNEP’s series of flagship reports, assesses the current state of the global atmosphere, land, water and biodiversity, describes the changes since 1987, and identifies priorities for action. Major threats to the planet such as climate change, the rate of extinction of species, and the challenge of feeding a growing population are among the many that remain unresolved, and all of them put humanity at risk.

Together We Can Achieve the MDGs
Together We Can Achieve the MDGs

10 Seconds
Every 10 seconds a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is lost forever…Produced by Rain Flourish – the art of connecting rainforest)

10th Biennial Conference
SEE 2008 Nairobi: Applying Ecological Economics for Social and Environmental Sustainability.

Chinese Children's Painting Competition Winners Visit Kenya
Twenty first place winners of the 2008 Chinese Children's Painting Competition, organized by the Luo Hong Foundation and UNEP, visited Nairobi to receive their awards and participate in cultural exchanges.

Global Deserts
Protecting drylands is essential. Although deserts cover more than 40% of the planet’s land area, they are facing dramatic changes as a result of global climate change, high water demands, tourism and salt contamination of irrigated soils.

Play for Peace
More than 300 children and teenagers from across Nairobi have gathered on 21 June for the launch of a three-month event to promote peace and reconciliation.

Environmental Change Re-Draws Atlas of Africa
Glacial Retreat to Rapid Urbanization Chronicled in Landmark Satellite Report to Africa’s Environment Ministers.

Blast Fishing
n the Philippines fishermen kill their catch with explosives. The Visayan Sea has lost almost 90% of its coral and much of its marine life to over-fishing, blast fishing and cyanide poisoning. Tony Oposa has set up a school for kids to teach them about environment awareness.

Achim Steiner:Africa Atlas Discussed on Foreign Exchange
UNEP’s Executive Director discusses the Africa Atlas on Foreign Exchange, a weekly international affairs series aired on PBS.

Our Planet in Transition: From Pole to Pole
Striking images from around the world depicting how our Earth is in transition from pole to pole.

Greening the Olympics
"The Road to the Green Olympics" is a documentary focusing on air quality in Beijing by the Beijing Environment Protection Bureau .

Caring for Chimpanzees
After examining chimpanzee habitats decades after her initial research, Jane Goodall finds that forests outside of the national parks have been destroyed.

Sustainable Lifestyles
Tunza Youth Advisory Council members encourage ’change from within’ to promote sustainable lifestyles.

Olympics Legacy
Environmental improvements made in preparation for the Beijing Games leave the city of Beijing and its citizens better off said UNEP’s Executive Director in this video interview.

Maasai Mara
An Eco-lodge in Kenya where the lodges owners and designers spared no effort to adopt the greenest approaches to energy, water, waste, transport, and building material.

Change the World
Tunza Youth Advisory Council members encourage sustainable lifestyles in this video clip.

Great Apes
Great ape populations are declining at an alarming rate worldwide. Drastic action is needed. Time is not on our side.

Petit Loango Wetland - oil and gorillas?
The race for oil and some other mining products all over the world maybe considered a threat to the African environment.

Cloud Forests
Tropical montane cloud forests are a rare type of evergreen mountain forest found in tropical areas where local climatic conditions cause cloud and mist to be regularly in contact with the forest vegetation. These forests support ecosystems of distinctive floristic and structural form and contain a disproportionately large number of the worlds endemic and threatened species.

Clean up the world

The People Speak: Youth Leadership Summit 2008
The summit brings together about 350 student leaders and educators from around the globe to learn about the work of the United Nations on addressing climate change from 17 to 19 July 2008.

Eco-tips for Jeans
Wear them at least 3 times - wash them in cold water - forget your dryer - no iron it’s much better

Inspiration
Alex Lin’s initiative on e-waste.

Open your eyes
Art For the Environment Exhibition Opening at the Te Papa , Wellington

Freeze!
On June 5th 2008 in central Wellington New Zealand, 200 people stopped to think about our environment.

Fragile Planet
A 4 minute video on our global carbon footprint set to the music of "Fragile" by Sting.

UNEP AND THE GREEN ECONOMY FOUR DECADES IN DEVELOPMENT

Fixing the hole