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Business leaders debate Green Economy in Paris
Business leaders debate Green Economy in Paris 14/04/2011

Some 200 representatives from business and industry, governments and civil society gathered in Paris this week to debate the transition to a green economy.

Media Advisory - Green Economy Symposium: Accelerating the Transition
Media Advisory - Green Economy Symposium: Accelerating the Transition 11/04/2011

The idea of a Green Economy is fast becoming a key component of mainstream economic discourse and is seen as the blueprint for a transition to a more efficient and equitable economy that makes better use of natural resources to achieve sustainable growth.

UN Climate Change Conference highlights progress and divisions on central issues
UN Climate Change Conference highlights progress and divisions on central issues 08/04/2011

On the final day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bangkok (3-8 April), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that while positive and constructive, the meeting in Thailand had also highlighted continuing divisions between governments that needed to be resolved in the course of the year in order to come to a strong outcome in Durban in December.

World Plugs-In to New Renewables Agency
World Plugs-In to New Renewables Agency 05/04/2011

Renewable energy was given a boost with the opening of the first General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) which opened in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tours Geothermal Plant in East Africa's Great Rift Valley
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tours Geothermal Plant in East Africa's Great Rift Valley 02/04/2011

The rise of geothermal energy in Kenya's Great Rift Valley was witnessed today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who toured the Olkaria plant northwest of the country's capital of Nairobi.

New Environmental Co-operation between UNEP and the Government of Japan
New Environmental Co-operation between UNEP and the Government of Japan 01/04/2011

World-class environmental research has received an important boost, thanks to the strengthening of a partnership between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Japan.

Secretary-General welcomes new report on efforts to green the UN
Secretary-General welcomes new report on efforts to green the UN 01/04/2011

The United Nations has released details of its greenhouse gas emissions for 52 institutions, covering 200,000 employees, in a new report published as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the organisation's carbon footprint.

UN Secretary-General opens new energy-neutral offices in Nairobi
UN Secretary-General opens new energy-neutral offices in Nairobi 31/03/2011

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has officially opened the new offices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Media Advisory: Visit of UN Secretary-General to Nairobi
Media Advisory: Visit of UN Secretary-General to Nairobi 30/03/2011

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will visit Nairobi from Wednesday 30 March to Saturday 2 April 2011 for a meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

Harvard University recognizes Refrigerants, Naturally! with prestigious award
Harvard University recognizes Refrigerants, Naturally! with prestigious award 28/03/2011

A partnership conceived and supported by UNEP's OzonAction team has received a prestigious award from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Making Biofuels Production More Sustainable
Making Biofuels Production More Sustainable 24/03/2011

The Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), a leading multi-stakeholder initiative that supports the development of sustainable biofuels, launched its global certification system

Sochi 2014 Olympic partners commit to Mzymta River Basin restoration
Sochi 2014 Olympic partners commit to Mzymta River Basin restoration 23/03/2011

The Olympics are a source of national pride but also an opportunity for showcasing innovation and catalyzing action towards a more sustainable future nationally and internationally

Smart investments needed to tackle drinking water crisis in DR Congo
Smart investments needed to tackle drinking water crisis in DR Congo 22/03/2011

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) possesses over half of Africa's water reserves, yet 74 percent of its population lacks access to safe drinking water, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Fast pace of African urbanization affecting water supplies and sanitation
Fast pace of African urbanization affecting water supplies and sanitation 21/03/2011

Rapid urbanization is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report.

Rooting Out Poverty with the E-Tree Programme in China
Rooting Out Poverty with the E-Tree Programme in China 11/03/2011

The E-Tree programme is a multi-partnership initiative involving government agencies, the private sector, media and civil society in tree planting activities in western China, which has a fragile environment and large poor population.

Bees Under Bombardment: Report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses
Bees Under Bombardment: Report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses 10/03/2011

More than a dozen factors, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of memory-damaging insecticides to the world-wide spread of pests and air pollution, may be behind the emerging decline of bee colonies across many parts of the globe.

Bees under bombardment: New report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses
Bees under bombardment: New report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses 09/03/2011

A new UNEP report shows that bee colonies worldwide are under threat, with serious implications for biodiversity and food security. Habitat loss, air pollution, crop spraying and the widespread use of insecticides are some of the key factors behind the decline.

Coordinating global action to combat desertification
Coordinating global action to combat desertification 04/03/2011

Desertification, land degradation and drought affect over one and a half billion people in more than 110 countries

Green Economy Report: How two per cent of global GDP can trigger green growth and fight poverty
Green Economy Report: How two per cent of global GDP can trigger green growth and fight poverty 19/02/2011

Investing two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched today says.