In an historic first, all five Executive Directors of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) gathered together in Glion, Switzerland for the Global Environmental Governance Forum on 29 June 2009 where they lent their voices to the global UN-led campaign to Seal the Deal on an effective climate agreement in Copenhagen this December.
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The landmark document highlighted the major challenges and opportunities that African countries face in the upcoming negotiations in Copenhagen on a climate agreement that will succeed the Kyoto Protocol.
Despite their relatively low contribution to global warming, African cities are being disproportionately affected by rising emissions.
President Barack Obama's plan to bailout the U.S economy relies on a carbon cap-and-trade system that includes an 80 billion dollar investment in renewable energy programmes.
The world's armies and UN peacekeepers around the globe should join the Billion Tree Campaign as it strives to reach its target of 7 billion trees planted by the end of 2009, according to Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai.
Youth from impoverished urban areas in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana will join a climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness on climate change.
The City of Copenhagen today became the 100th participant of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote global action towards low-carbon economies and societies.
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).
The report, Environment Outlook in the Amazonia: GEO Amazonia, uncovers a revealing panorama of accelerated ecosystem transformation and a marked environmental degradation in this vast region of the South American humid tropics - shared by Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela-which is also the planet's most extensive forest zone.
One third of the around $2.5 trillion-worth of planned stimulus packages should be invested on 'greening' the world economy.
This would assist in powering the global economy out of recession and onto a Green, 21st century path a new report released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says.
The importance of realizing a Global Green New Deal and the urgent need for a transition to a low carbon and resource efficient Green Economy are spotlighted in the UNEP Year Book 2009, launched today at an international gathering of environment ministers.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the United States, China, India and the European Union to show "global leadership of the highest order" in tackling climate change. The same day, the EU announced the signing of an agreement to cut carbon emissions
The 2014 Sochi Olympics, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Rally Norway and the Norwegian Golf Federation have joined UNEP's Climate Neutral Network.
Thousands of people are expected to show up for a tree planting ceremony organized by the UN Environment Programme in Karura Forest on 14 February.
Over-exploitation, climate change and inadequate cooperation among countries threaten some of the world's greatest river basins, which sustain around 750 million people.
Failure to tackle climate change could lead to insecurity and economic upheaval, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Thursday, called on the world's political and business leaders to use the current economic crisis to commit to a "Green New Deal"
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is urging Davos delegates to embrace a transition to a low carbon Green Economy.
The creation of a low-carbon economy will be high on the agenda at an April summit of the leaders of 20 major economies (G-20).
Just days after taking office, US President Barack Obama has appointed a climate envoy and cleared the way for new rules to force automakers to produce cleaner cars.
Two-thirds of the soot particles causing South Asia's Brown Cloud come from biomass combustion such as household cooking and slash-and-burn agriculture, according to new research published in the journal Science.