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Indian, Colombian and Kenyan Initiatives among Winners of World Environment Day Challenge
Fuel-Efficient Car Given as Prize to Projects and Events that Inspired and Galvanized Environmental Action

UN Secretary-General Appoints High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda
Civil society, Private sector and Government leaders named to 26-member advisory Panel

London 2012 Will Leave a Lasting Legacy for the UK and the Olympic Movement: UNEP Executive Director
Light-Weight Stadium, River Restoration and Clean-Up of Historic Docklands among Key Achievements Achim Steiner Comments on Tour of Olympic Park and Thames Barrier with UK Secretary of State Caroline Spelman

Inclusive Green Economy Given Go Ahead by Heads of State at Rio+20
Summit Paves Way for Sustainable Development Goals; New Indicator of Wealth 'Beyond GDP' and Focused Government Spending Upgrading UNEP Signals Greater Authority for World's Environment Ministers

UNEP and EU Sign Partnership for Sustainable Cities and Regions
UNEP and EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR) sign agreement at Rio+20 summit confirming partnership on sustainable development Institutions commit to promoting the role of local and regional authorities in decision-making in environmental protection UNEP and CoR call cities and regions through... See full story

Rio+20 Pavilion to Get New Eco-Friendly Lease of Life in Local Community
From Construction to Future Use, Temporary Building Housing Exhibits of UNEP, 'Eye on Earth', Siemens and Microsoft Meets New Sustainability Standards News Comes as UNEP and Pavilion partner the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi Announce Joint 'Eye on Earth' Secretariat

New Countries to Start Phase-Out of Inefficient Lighting, with Major Economic and Climate Benefits
Countries Agree to 2016 as Target Date for Transition to Efficient Lamps New Policy Status Map and National Assessments Highlight Huge Savings Potential

New Report Warns Ecological Foundations that Support Food Security Are Being Undermined
A Transition to a Green Economy Can Assist in Fast Tracking Food Security and More Diverse and Productive Landscapes