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World Plugs-In to New Renewables Agency
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The Green Economy report assertively challenges the myth that investing in the environment comes at the expense of economic growth