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Major Chinese Company Signs on as Strategic Partner in UN's Flagship Environment Award
15/04/2013
The company has invested in environmental scholarships for young university students, organized clean-up operations and, in 2005, donated 2,000 tonnes of purifying tablets to clean up sections of a polluted river in Guangdong Beijiang.

Reducing Air Pollution, Chemical Coolants Can Quickly Cut Sea-Level Rise
14/04/2013
The damage from rising seas and higher storm surges is one of the most visible and costly effects of climate change.

Good Governance of Natural Resources is Vital for Peace and Economic Development in Darfur: UNEP study
05/04/2013
The report looks at the importance of equitable and participatory environmental governance in Sudan, and how other countries across Africa have tried to reduce tension over the environment and improve the management of land, water, forests and other resources.

New Partnership to Offset UN Carbon Emissions and Support Sustainable Development
05/04/2013
UNEP recently requested UNOPS, an operational and central procurement arm of the UN, to buy 50,000 certificates of emission reduction (CERs), to cover UNEP's emissions for 2010-2013.

UN Calls for Accelerated Action with 1,000 Days to Go on Millennium Development Goals
04/04/2013
People around the world invited to join in boosting momentum for most successful global anti-poverty push in history

Top 10 of the 2013 Blogging Competition Announced
04/04/2013
The WED Blogging Competition - organized by UNEP and Tree Hugger - has been running since 2010. Previous winners traveled to Rwanda, India and Brazil to report on WED activities.

Priorities for Global Development Agenda Shaped by Unprecedented Public Outreach Effort
22/03/2013
The United Nations teams in Member States are making sure that groups usually absent from participation in global processes are consulted on what they see as priorities for development of their communities.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Launches Call for Action to End Crisis of 2.5 Billion People without Basic Sanitation
22/03/2013
The call to action aims to focus on improving hygiene, changing social norms, better managing human waste and waste-water, and, by 2025, completely eliminating the practice of open defecation, which perpetuates the vicious cycle of disease and entrenched poverty.

Factoring Natural Capital into Bottom Line is Key to Future Viability, say Companies in TEEB For Business Study
22/03/2013
The findings come from a new study released by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business coalition.

UN Secretary-General Urges Greater Protection for World's Forests
21/03/2013
Mr. Ban noted that there are several threats to this ecosystem as urbanization and large-scale agriculture can exacerbate the rate of forest and biodiversity loss.

Role of Environment in Tackling Poverty in Focus at Discussion on Post-2015 Global Development Priorities
19/03/2013
Current efforts to develop what is known as the 'post-2015 development agenda' include almost 100 national consultations in UN member states, as well as 11 thematic consultations on issues such as food security, access to water, and poverty reduction.