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Investments in Water Sector Could Pay Huge Dividends for Human Health and Food Security Investments in Water Sector Could Pay Huge Dividends for Human Health and Food Security
25/ 08/ 2011
Investing 0.16 per cent of global GDP in the water sector could reduce water scarcity and halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in less than four years, according to United Nations research released today.
New Fund to Protect African Elephants Launched at UN-Backed Forum New Fund to Protect African Elephants Launched at UN-Backed Forum
22/ 08/ 2011
A UN-backed meeting of global conservation experts has concluded in Geneva with important decisions to protect a number of endangered species, including the launch of a trust fund to ensure the long-term survival of the African elephant population.
China Commits to Landmark Agreement With Dual Ozone and Climate Benefits China Commits to Landmark Agreement With Dual Ozone and Climate Benefits
02/ 08/ 2011
China, the largest producer and consumer of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which not only harm the ozone layer but also the climate due to their high global-warming potential, has been granted US $265 million to cut its use of these gases by 2015.
Amina Mohamed Takes Up Post as Deputy Executive Director of UNEP Amina Mohamed Takes Up Post as Deputy Executive Director of UNEP
25/ 07/ 2011
Amina Mohamed of Kenya today formally took up office as Deputy Executive Director (DED) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
German Chancellor Makes Green Economy a Priority in Discussions in UNEP German Chancellor Makes Green Economy a Priority in Discussions in UNEP
12/ 07/ 2011
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, visited the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, today for a roundtable discussion on the Green Economy.
African heads of state stress importance of Rio+ 20 for continent African heads of state stress importance of Rio+ 20 for continent
01/ 07/ 2011
African heads of state have stressed the need for a common voice on sustainable development in the run-up to next year's major Rio+20 conference.
New technologies to improve tracing of wildlife trade New technologies to improve tracing of wildlife trade
30/ 06/ 2011
Transferring from paper to electronic systems will allow more efficient tracing of an ever-growing trade in wildlife products.
Fixing Our Broken Oceans Fixing Our Broken Oceans
17/ 06/ 2011
Investing in more sustainable ways to manage fisheries is needed to secure food security, biodiversity and other vital services provided by oceans, writes UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Joshua S. Reichert of the Pew Environment Group.
Focus on Forests for World Day to Combat Desertification Focus on Forests for World Day to Combat Desertification
16/ 06/ 2011
In a message to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner says that investing in arid zone forests can fight poverty and help the transition towards a green economy.
UN launches new information portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements UN launches new information portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements
14/ 06/ 2011
A new initiative is set to improve the sharing of information relating to over a dozen international agreements that protect the environment. The Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative, aims to provide members states and the public at large with information from one central location.

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