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Green Economy and Environmental Governance reform backed by world's environment ministers
24/02/2011
A major sustainable development conference in Brazil next year offers a key opportunity to accelerate and to scale-up a global transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy, a meeting of the world's environment ministers has signaled.

Forest conservation groups in Nepal and Guatemala win 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize
23/02/2011
Two projects conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia are the laureates of the 2010-11 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

Green Economy Report: How two per cent of global GDP can trigger green growth and fight poverty
19/02/2011
Investing two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched today says.

Young innovators seek solutions to close the 'knowledge gap'
04/02/2011
Reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world is one of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals which nations seek to attain by 2015.

Ban Calls For A Green Economy As Crucial For A Sustainable Future
31/01/2011
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for "revolutionary action" to achieve sustainable development, warning that the past century's heedless consumption of resources is "a global suicide pact" with time running out to ensure an economic model for survival.

UNEP report highlights role of fisheries subsidies reform in ocean sustainability
23/12/2010
In a new report, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) emphasises the urgency of advancing negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) towards an international agreement to ban harmful government fishing subsidies and to introduce new measures to ensure the sustainability and futur... See full story

Environmental assessments for Sierra Leone help sustainable development
20/12/2010
The vital role of environmental assessments in supporting the sustainable use of Sierra Leone's rich natural heritage has won high level support at a seminar entitled 'Environmental Assessment: A Tool for Sustainable Development', which took place last week in the country's capital of Freetown.

Media Advisory: UN Environment Chief Welcomes Zero Emissions Car Race to Cancun
06/12/2010
Three of four electric vehicles which departed on a round-the-world race from the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 15 August have made it to Cancun, Mexico to show-case alternative transport and its role in combating climate change.

The Virtual Tour: From Bangkok to Cancun and beyond
06/12/2010
After traveling through Europe, the Middle East and Africa, UNEP's 'Virtual Tour' is set to arrive at the climate change conference in Cancun. The campaign looks at the role of non-CO2 gases in tackling climate change.

Action on World's Waste Can Help Combat Climate Change While Increasing Access to Energy Says New UNEP Report
03/12/2010
Globally, the waste management sector contributes 3-5 per cent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, roughly equal to around the current emissions from international aviation and shipping.