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Negotiating Instruments to Govern Provision & Use of the Planet's Genetic Resources
Negotiating Instruments to Govern Provision & Use of the Planet's Genetic Resources 12/07/2010

The provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet is the subject of a week long negotiations that started in Montreal, Saturday, with the aim to settle the details of a new global legal ag ...

Bamako Declaration: Road Map for Africa’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategies
Bamako Declaration: Road Map for Africa’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategies 29/06/2010

In adopting the Bamako Declaration, African Environment ministers made a bold statement of how they expected their respective governments to engage both at the domestic and international level in add ...

Breakthrough in International Year of Biodiversity: Green Light to New Gold Standard Science Policy Body
Breakthrough in International Year of Biodiversity: Green Light to New Gold Standard Science Policy Body 11/06/2010

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).

Climate change and POPs focus of new international study
Climate change and POPs focus of new international study 12/03/2010

The UNEP Stockholm Convention Secretariat has announced a major international study into the influence of climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on human health and the environment.

Understanding Glacier Melt : UNEP and WGMS report highlights global trends on glaciers and ice caps
Understanding Glacier Melt : UNEP and WGMS report highlights global trends on glaciers and ice caps 21/01/2010

The last assessment on glacier melt by UNEP and the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) shows that the average annual melting rate of glaciers doubled after the turn of the millennium.

Historic UN climate change conference kicks off in Copenhagen
Historic UN climate change conference kicks off in Copenhagen 07/12/2009

The UN Climate Change Conference kicked off today in Copenhagen with a strong sense of confidence that countries can seal a comprehensive, ambitious and effective international climate change deal in ...

Commonwealth leaders agree to $10 billion climate funding for vulnerable countries
Commonwealth leaders agree to $10 billion climate funding for vulnerable countries 01/12/2009

Commonwealth leaders have stressed their 'conviction that urgent and substantial action to reduce global emissions is needed' after a meeting in Trinidad and Tobago.

Healthy Oceans New Key to Combating Climate Change
Healthy Oceans New Key to Combating Climate Change 14/10/2009

A 'Blue Carbon' fund able to invest in the maintenance and rehabilitation of key marine ecosystems should be considered by governments keen to combat climate change.

UN Climate Change Negotiations result in more clarity on 'bricks and mortar' of Copenhagen agreed outcome
UN Climate Change Negotiations result in more clarity on 'bricks and mortar' of Copenhagen agreed outcome 09/10/2009

The penultimate negotiating session before the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December wrapped up Friday in the Thai capitol Bangkok with progress made on what needs to consti ...

Voices of the Children Haunt Policy Makers
Voices of the Children Haunt Policy Makers 19/08/2009

When Erik Solheim, Norway's Minister for the Environment spoke to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) about the importance of reaching a climate agreement in Copenhagen, he said it was fo ...

300 billion dollars a year for climate change adaptation and mitigation says UNFCCC Executive Secretary
300 billion dollars a year for climate change adaptation and mitigation says UNFCCC Executive Secretary 17/08/2009

With 110 days left until the Copenhagen Climate Conference, only "limited progress" was made at the most recent United Nations climate change talks where financing to cut and cope with climate change ...

India hopes to set new one-day tree planting record
India hopes to set new one-day tree planting record 11/08/2009

On Wednesday August 12, villagers in the small city of Dungarpur in Southern India will attempt to plant 600,000 trees in one day, a feat which if they accomplish, could earn them a place in the Guin ...

UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends
UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends 10/07/2009

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the G8 agreement on a long term goal to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but says it is still not enough to reach a fair, effective climate agree ...

Strengthening Climate Adaptation for Africa: Efforts Underway Towards a Global Framework for Climate Services
Strengthening Climate Adaptation for Africa: Efforts Underway Towards a Global Framework for Climate Services 01/07/2009

Key tools to help countries adapt to climate change will be developed at the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3), which will take place in Geneva from 31 August to 4 September. The meeting will bring ...

UNEP's Climate Heroes - Adventure and Activism for the Environment
UNEP's Climate Heroes - Adventure and Activism for the Environment 04/06/2009

This long-term platform supports a select group who are undertaking exceptional personal feats, high-profile expeditions and other innovative acts of environmental activism to demonstrate their commi ...

African Ministers Adopt the Nairobi Declaration on Climate
African Ministers Adopt the Nairobi Declaration on Climate 02/06/2009

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 Prot ...

Your Planet Needs You! 
Millions of people around the world will Unite to Combat Climate Change for World Environment Day 2009
Your Planet Needs You! Millions of people around the world will Unite to Combat Climate Change for World Environment Day 2009 01/06/2009

People around the world will unite for the planet on 5 June for World Environment Day 2009, with a strong call for environmental action just six months before the crucial United Nations climate chang ...

Africa needs substantially scaled-up finance, technology  and capacity-building to combat climate change
Africa needs substantially scaled-up finance, technology and capacity-building to combat climate change 29/05/2009

Six months before the crucial negotiations on climate in Copenhagen, African ministers reach a landmark position on climate in Nairobi

Time to protect our oceans
Time to protect our oceans 12/05/2009

Editorial by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner for the World Oceans Conference in Manado (Indonesia).

Mayors of Major African Cities Voice Concerns Over Climate Change
Mayors of Major African Cities Voice Concerns Over Climate Change 27/02/2009

Despite their relatively low contribution to global warming, African cities are being disproportionately affected by rising emissions.