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On the Road to Rio+20, Countries Accelerate Plans for Green Economy Transition
Countries are developing Green Economy strategies and activities to spur greater economic growth and jobs, environmental protection and equality.

Green Innovators Receive Young Environmental Leader Award
Four students from Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya and the Philippines have received the 2011 Young Environmental Leader Award for their innovative sustainable development projects.

Making the Economic Case for Greening Cities
Improved planning and more intelligent management of cities across the developed and developing world could play a key role in growing economies, boosting social improvements and reducing humanity's environmental footprint

Buy a Westwood Tree-shirt to GreenUp! Europe
At the launch of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s new '/GreenUp' initiative, conceived to bring the Green Economy closer to Europeans, Dame Vivienne unveiled a Tree-shirt to raise funds for re-connecting Europe's forests.

UNEP Study Confirms DR Congo's Potential as Environmental Powerhouse but Warns of Critical Threats
With half of Africa's forests and water resources and trillion-dollar mineral reserves, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could become a powerhouse of African development provided multiple pressures on its natural resources are urgently addressed.

UNEP Joins 7 Billion Actions Campaign to Show Opportunities and Challenges at Population Milestone
The world population is set to hit 7 billion on 31 October 2011, bringing into sharp focus the challenges of ensuring sustainable development and a fair share of the planet's resources for a growing global population.

Local Green Economies Show Europe the Way to Rio+20
European leaders must take a strong, unified position on the future of international environmental policy and ensure that next year's Rio+20 summit does not just result in statements of good intent but in concrete actions and tangible targets.

Young Reporters Quiz Achim Steiner at Tunza Children & Youth Conference
Six young Aljazeera anchors interviewed Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, on the future of sustainable development

UNEP Children and Youth Conference Spotlights Job Opportunities in a Green Economy
Urgently bridging the skills gap among young people through improved education and training will be one of the keys towards delivering a global Green Economy.

Editorial: Catalyzing economies, growing youth employment without destroying the Earth
As delegates from around the world converge in Indonesia for the Tunza International Children and Youth Conference 2011, greening the economy as well as generating decent jobs for young people now and in the future are emerging as major tests for the global economy.

Student Project Turns Grease Into Green Energy Solutions and Green Jobs
The innovative teenager and her team of five seventh-graders launched the Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF) recycling programme