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UN Secretary-General and UNEP Open New Energy Efficiency Centre in Copenhagen
The new centre is part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, a global multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society.

New Effort Launched to Measure and Monitor Global Food Loss and Waste
WRI estimates that halving the rate of food loss and waste by 2050 would close more than 20 percent of the gap between the food available today and what is needed in 2050.

Landmark Project to Counteract Deteriorating Water Quality in Ecosystems launched at the Budapest Water Summit
This comprehensive project will address both issues of water quality, including chemical, biological, and biodiversity aspects and issues of water quantity including availability, changes over time and morphology of bodies of water.

Latvian Graphic Designer Wins the Think.Eat.Save Reduce Your Foodprint Ad Competition
Winning slogan - "The last wish was to be eaten" - from 26-year-old art student

IPCC confirms that human activity will further warm the Earth,  with dramatic effects on weather, sea-levels and the Arctic
The new report further states that greenhouse gas emissions at or above current rates would induce changes in the oceans, ice caps, glaciers, the biosphere, and other components of the climate system.

Feeding	  The	  5000	  Launches	  the	  first	  Disco	  Soup	  in	  the	  United	  States	  on	  September	  20,	  2013
One-Day New York Event and 'Chopping Disco' Offers Free Meal for Hundreds; Food Surplus Donated to the Food Bank For New York City and Redistributed as part of Campaign to Fight Food Waste

UN chief appoints Monique Barbut of France as head of convention to combat desertification
Ms. Barbut has extensive experience on sustainable development issues coupled with international diplomatic and political experience.

Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity - new FAO report
Direct Economic Costs of $750 billion Annually Better Policies Required, and "Success Stories" Need to be Scaled Up and Replicated

PlanetSolar successfully concludes her 2013 campaign in Paris
UNEP has been an active partner of this first-ever large-scale scientific solar expedition by processing satellite data that guided the Planet Solar towards best locations for sampling.

UNEP Signs Agreement to Improve Monitoring of Hundreds of International Environmental Accords
UNEP, under whose auspices most of the agreements were negotiated, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI - Working Group on Environmental Auditing, WGEA) to ensure that some 280 Multilateral Environmental Agreements (ME... See full story

UN Secretary-General Appoints New Leadership for Ozone Convention and Financial Mechanism
Due to the widespread adoption and ratification the Vienna Convention and its Montreal Protocol, supported by the Multilateral Fund, the efforts on ozone have been widely recognised as an example for international co-operation in addressing global environmental challenges.