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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.

Factoring Natural Capital into Bottom Line is Key to Future Viability, say Companies in TEEB For Business Study
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
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
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.

GA Approves Establishment of UN Environment Assembly  in Support of the Strengthening and Upgrade of UNEP
The newly-named United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP reflects the full and future participation of all 193 UN member states in UNEP's governing body. Prior to 2012, membership had been limited to 58 countries only.

CITES Takes Action to Halt Decline of Tropical Timber, Sharks and other Species
55 proposals accepted, 9 rejected and 6 withdrawn. Strong enforcement measures to fight wildlife crime also adopted. Next meeting will be held in South Africa in 2016

Growing Demand for Medicinal Plants Can Create Green Jobs for Nepal's Poor
Over 100 types of medicinal plants are harvested in Nepal and traded abroad. The sector offers major opportunities for sustainable development.

Biodiversity-Based Business in Peru Can Power Green Economy: UNEP Study
Goods and services derived from biodiversity in Peru have grown by 20 per cent in the last five years.

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bundchen Backs Green Energy Campaign
Supermodel and activist joins Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore and UNIDO Director General to record message of support.

UN Launches New Centre to Accelerate Use of Technology in Tackling Climate Change
Facility will Focus on Technology Transfer to Developing Nations

UNEP Strengthened and Upgraded to Implement The Future We Want
Governments Call for Governing Council to be Transformed into UN Environment Assembly