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Secretary-General welcomes new report on efforts to green the UN
01/04/2011
The United Nations has released details of its greenhouse gas emissions for 52 institutions, covering 200,000 employees, in a new report published as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the organisation's carbon footprint.

UNEP engineer honoured for contribution to Sudan water sector
31/03/2011
A distinguished engineer working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Dr Hamid Omer Ali, has been honoured for his lifetime contribution to the water sector in Sudan.

UN Secretary-General opens new energy-neutral offices in Nairobi
31/03/2011
The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has officially opened the new offices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Media Advisory: Visit of UN Secretary-General to Nairobi
30/03/2011
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will visit Nairobi from Wednesday 30 March to Saturday 2 April 2011 for a meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

Harvard University recognizes Refrigerants, Naturally! with prestigious award
28/03/2011
A partnership conceived and supported by UNEP's OzonAction team has received a prestigious award from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

New international co-operation to tackle marine debris
25/03/2011
Government representatives, major industries and leading marine researchers have come together to make a new set of commitments to tackle the widespread problem of debris in the world's seas and oceans.

Sochi 2014 Olympic partners commit to Mzymta River Basin restoration
23/03/2011
The Olympics are a source of national pride but also an opportunity for showcasing innovation and catalyzing action towards a more sustainable future nationally and internationally

Smart investments needed to tackle drinking water crisis in DR Congo
22/03/2011
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) possesses over half of Africa's water reserves, yet 74 percent of its population lacks access to safe drinking water, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Fast pace of African urbanization affecting water supplies and sanitation
21/03/2011
Rapid urbanization is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report.

Green Economy Report on the Agenda in Washington D.C.
15/03/2011
The Green Economy report assertively challenges the myth that investing in the environment comes at the expense of economic growth