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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55 proposals accepted, 9 rejected and 6 withdrawn.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

Mongolia Named as Global Host of World Environment Day 2013
WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

Third Africa Environment Outlook Addresses Key Environmental Risks for Human Health and Draws Pathways for Sustainable Future
Report Shows Good Policies for Addressing Environmental Challenges Affecting Human Health, But Weak Implementation

UNEP Appoints Singing Sensations Eric Wainaina and Suzanna Owiyo as Kenyan Goodwill Ambassadors
The acclaimed singers will support a host of UNEP initiatives, including World Environment Day, UNEP's campaign to reduce food waste - known as Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint - and efforts to lower the demand for illegal wildlife products that is driving a spike in elephant and rhino poac... See full story

Sustainable Off-Grid Lighting Solutions Can Deliver Major Development and Climate Benefits
UNEP Announces New Partnership with Global Off-Grid Lighting Association