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UN General Assembly Sets up New UN Forum to Boost Sustainable Development Efforts
The Forum will convene annually at the ministerial level under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and it will, every four years, bring together heads of State to provide added momentum for sustainable development.

Fisheries Reform: Time to Draw in the Net
By Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director

West Africa Nations Agree to Phase Out Inefficient  Incandescent Lamps
By phasing out incandescent lighting, African nations together could save a total of 2.4 terawatt hours of electricity; equivalent to 6.7 per cent of total annual energy consumption. The savings would be enough to power over 1.2 million households.

Search Begins for Kenya's Young Green Leaders
Applications Now Open for 2013 Young Environmental Envoy Programme

Lighting-Up a Low Carbon Future
West Africa has become the latest region to drive efforts to promote energy efficient lighting

United Nations Reports its Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Journey Towards Climate Neutrality
This report details the UN's greenhouse gas emissions in 2011 and some of the activities undertaken in 2012 to reduce them

Climate Change, Water Shortages, Biodiversity Loss, will have Growing Impacts on Global Business: UN Report
Adapting to Changing Environment and Seizing Green Economy Opportunities will Give Companies Competitive Advantage

Teenage Environmentalists Awarded for Innovative Green Projects
Teams of high school students from across the world have been rewarded for their efforts to tackle environmental challenges in their communities.

Principles for Sustainable Insurance Create Largest Collaboration Between UN and Insurance Industry
World's insurers publicly disclose progress in implementing global principles a year after launch at UN Conference on Sustainable Development

UNCCD Announces 2013 Winners of Land for Life Award
Top sustainable land management prize totaling USD 100,000 goes to development organizations in India, Mexico and Australia

UNEP Executive Director Emphasizes Environmental Education as Key Driver of Knowledge and Empowerment
Environmental education is about knowledge and empowerment. The knowledge and power to understand, the knowledge and power to make connections