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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

Sustainable Water Management is Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits, say Countries
Results of UN Survey of 130 Countries Provides In-Depth Status Report on Global Efforts to Improve Water Management

Animal Avatars Board UNEP's 'Green Train' with Launch of Sustainable Transport Campaign
Bus, Train, Metro and Carpooling Companies Join Forces to Show Role of Transport in a Green Economy

UN and Insurers Launch Global Insurance Principles to Propel Sustainable Development
Landmark principles create United Nations-backed global insurance industry initiative to support the development of a green economy and resilient communities