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Eighty electric days around the world
18/08/2010
In a modern, eco-friendly twist on Jules Verne's classic adventure, teams driving electric cars are attempting to travel across the world in eighty days. The cars will visit the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, during their trip.

Old practices, new solutions: indigenous groups sign up for conservation
09/08/2010
Around 10% of the world's forests are controlled by indigenous groups and communities, but detailed information on their conservation practices is in short supply. A new UNEP project is bringing greater attention to the links between indigenous communities, conservation and biodiversity.

Chinese businesses aim for a low-carbon economy
29/07/2010
Chinese entrepreneurs and representatives from major Chinese businesses, including the country's largest real estate company, Vanke, and air conditioning manufacturer Broad Air, gathered today in the UN Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai to take part in a forum entitled: "The Nature of Cities- Low ... See full story

UNEP talks live to 'Plastiki' crew on final leg of epic voyage
23/07/2010
As the boat made from bottles edges towards its finishing post in Sydney, UN Under Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner joined journalists for a live video link-up with Plastiki expedition leader David de Rothschild from UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

SEED Awards 2010: Invitation for Applications
20/07/2010
Social and environmental entrepreneurs have the chance to apply to the annual SEED Awards as of today, 19 July 2010

UNEP Report on Latin America and the Caribbean Addresses Environmental Degradation
15/07/2010
Increasing water shortages, rapid urbanization, a rise in irrigated agriculture, the degradation of marine and coastal areas and loss of forests are just some of the environmental challenges that are highlighted in the soon to be released report

Negotiating Instruments to Govern Provision & Use of the Planet's Genetic Resources
12/07/2010
The provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet is the subject of a week long negotiations that started in Montreal, Saturday, with the aim to settle the details of a new global legal agreement to govern the process at a multinational level.

African Countries Showcase Green Economy Initiatives at UNEP Event and Launching of the 2010 SEED Awards
28/06/2010
South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have taken bold initiatives to achieve a green economy transformation. These initiatives were presented at a UNEP event during the 13th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Bamako, Mali.

From Copenhagen to Cancun - Lessons Learnt and Future Opportunities
25/06/2010
The Copenhagen climate summit was neither the breakthrough so many had hoped for, nor the breakdown that seemed possible in the late hours of that final day in December 2009, according to Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director. In an editorial published in the officia... See full story

African Youth Urge World Leaders to Commit to Protecting Biodiversity Now
05/06/2010
Young people from across Africa called on world leaders on World Environment Day to act now to protect biodiversity