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2012: Road to Rio+20 - Fresh Opportunity to Scale-Up Sustainable Development?
2012 also marks the 40th anniversary of the environment programme of the UN.

UNEP's Year in Review 2011: July to December
2011 has proven to be a defining year for the environmental pillar of sustainable development as the world heads towards Rio+20 in June 2012.

UNEP's Year in Review 2011: January to June
From UNEP's contribution to the UN's 'International Year of Forests' to the rapidly evolving analysis of how to catalyze a global transition towards a Green Economy, 2011 has proven to be a defining year for the environmental pillar of sustainable development as the world heads towards Rio+20 in... See full story

How Farm Waste Provides Clean Energy for Homes in Pakistan
A project backed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is working to make clean energy a reality for households in a rural region of Pakistan.

UN System Provides its Perspectives on a Green Economy
In the first-ever inter-agency report on the Green Economy, the Environment Management Group (EMG), representing the work of UN agencies, the Bretton Woods Institutions and other intergovernmental bodies - many of whom have a human and social development mandate - outlines steps and policies for pu... See full story

Calling all Creatives: UN launches Advertising Competition on Water
The competition offers professionals and non-professionals in 48 European countries the chance to design a newspaper advertisement to raise awareness and inspire the European public to find green solutions for the sustainable use of water resources today and for future generations.

Ecosystem Management Pivotal in Securing a Green Economy
Ecosystems are the foundations of human life and livelihoods, but for too long, humanity has ignored this fundamental truth at its own peril, and the Earth ecosystems have been altered more rapidly and extensively than ever before. He stressed that the sustainable management of ecosystems will play... See full story

On the Road to Rio+20, Countries Accelerate Plans for Green Economy Transition
Countries are developing Green Economy strategies and activities to spur greater economic growth and jobs, environmental protection and equality.

Green Innovators Receive Young Environmental Leader Award
Four students from Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya and the Philippines have received the 2011 Young Environmental Leader Award for their innovative sustainable development projects.

Making the Economic Case for Greening Cities
Improved planning and more intelligent management of cities across the developed and developing world could play a key role in growing economies, boosting social improvements and reducing humanity's environmental footprint