The Copenhagen climate summit was neither the breakthrough so many had hoped for, nor the breakdown that seemed possible in the late hours of that final day in December 2009, according to Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director. In an editorial published in the official newsletter of the G-20 Summit, Steiner argues that if fully implemented, agreements reached in Copenhagen could go a long way towards keeping a global temperature rise to 2°C or less by 2050.
Migratory species such as turtles and whales are exceptionally vulnerable to climate change, according to preliminary findings from a forthcoming UNEP report;Climate Change Vulnerability of Migratory Species.
The United Nations is calling on leaders of the biggest industrialized and developing nations to focus on green growth
History was made today in the South Korean port city of Busan, when governments gave the green light to an Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Billions of dollars and thousands of lives can be saved if we address the loss of marine and coastal biodiversity and ecosystem services through improved governance. This is a key theme of World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2010 for the second year running.
The City of Genoa in northern Italy has marked World Environment Day (WED) by joining a UNEP network dedicated to organizations with the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the world.
The LG Display Company on Monday announced that it will participate with client firms in UNEP's Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign.
Young people from across Africa called on world leaders on World Environment Day to act now to protect biodiversity
Today, on the eve of World Environment Day 2010, the United Nations is pleased to announce the launch of the Greening the Blue (www.greeningtheblue.org), a new website providing information the UN's progress in improving its internal sustainability performance
Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems can trigger multi-million dollar returns, generate jobs and combat poverty according to a new UNEP report.
How the world is fed and fueled will in large part define development in the 21st century as one that is increasingly sustainable or a dead end for billions of people.
The talks are designed to pick up on issues that were not resolved in Copenhagen and to pave the way for the full implementation of
climate change action across the globe.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today that they will be major players at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with projects to reduce carbon emissions as part of a National Greening Programme.
The signature of the Headquarters Agreement marks the official transfer of the UNEP-administered Secretariat from Nairobi to Abidjan. Cote d'Ivoire is the depository of the Convention.
From Hollywood stars to schoolchildren, millions of people on every continent will take action for the planet on 5 June for World Environment Day.
On 22 May 2010, the world celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) under the theme 'Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation'.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christiana Figueres as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat based in Bonn, Germany
Soil-living bacteria and fungi can be used to boost crop yields by more than 50 per cent without the use of fertilizers, an international research project has found.
Multi-billion dollar fisheries are collapsing in many parts of the world—it is emerging as one of the great market failures with serious ramifications for economies; communities and the wider environment.
Global demand for metals like copper and aluminum has doubled in the past 20 years. Unless recycling rates are intensified for these and other critical metals, they will be unavailable for future use.
New Database Brings Together Vital Data on Biodiversity to Climate Change Covering 70,000 Islands