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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.

Smarter Construction of Railways and Fences Needed to Reduce Threats to Endangered Antelopes in Central Asia
The new CMS report, which is supported by the Frankfurt Zoological Society and Fauna & Flora International, outlines solutions on how to make these potential barriers more permeable.

UNEP Highlights Key Role of Indigenous Communities in Transition to a Green Economy
UN International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples Marked Today

UN Secretary-General Appoints Ibrahim Thiaw as UNEP Deputy Executive Director
Mr. Thiaw succeeds Amina Mohamed of Kenya as Assistant Secretary-General and UNEP Deputy Executive Director.

Young Thai Wins UNEP Global Art and Environment Competition
Entries Sought for Next Competition under Theme of Food Waste

OzHarvest partners with the United Nations Environment Programme to feed 5000 people in Martin Place
The way humanity manages or mismanages its food supply will in many ways define the 21st century-currently we know that we are not doing a great job with at least one third of all food produced lost or wasted.

Clean-up of Polluting Brick Kilns and Cook Stoves Backed by Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Cutting emissions of SLCPs like black carbon, methane and gases known as HFCs could cut the rate of global warming by up to 0.5 degrees Celsius, save millions of lives and reduce crop losses by over 30 million tonnes a year.