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World Plugs-In to New Renewables Agency
05/04/2011
Renewable energy was given a boost with the opening of the first General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) which opened in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tours Geothermal Plant in East Africa's Great Rift Valley
02/04/2011
The rise of geothermal energy in Kenya's Great Rift Valley was witnessed today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who toured the Olkaria plant northwest of the country's capital of Nairobi.

New Environmental Co-operation between UNEP and the Government of Japan
01/04/2011
World-class environmental research has received an important boost, thanks to the strengthening of a partnership between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Japan.

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.

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