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Russia and UNEP Sign Agreement to Strengthen Partnership
The agreement was signed by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Sergey Donskoy.

2013 SEED Awards Applications Now Open
Green Entrepreneurs Can Win Business Support Package

New Study Shows Multi-Trillion Dollar Natural Capital Risk Underlining Urgency of Green Economy Transition
The report shows that the scale and variation in impacts provide opportunities for companies and their investors to differentiate themselves by optimizing their supply chains and investment strategies.

Major Chinese Company Signs on as Strategic Partner in UN's Flagship Environment Award
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.