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UNEP Joins 7 Billion Actions Campaign to Show Opportunities and Challenges at Population Milestone
The world population is set to hit 7 billion on 31 October 2011, bringing into sharp focus the challenges of ensuring sustainable development and a fair share of the planet's resources for a growing global population.

Local Green Economies Show Europe the Way to Rio+20
European leaders must take a strong, unified position on the future of international environmental policy and ensure that next year's Rio+20 summit does not just result in statements of good intent but in concrete actions and tangible targets.

Young Reporters Quiz Achim Steiner at Tunza Children & Youth Conference
Six young Aljazeera anchors interviewed Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, on the future of sustainable development

UNEP Children and Youth Conference Spotlights Job Opportunities in a Green Economy
Urgently bridging the skills gap among young people through improved education and training will be one of the keys towards delivering a global Green Economy.

Editorial: Catalyzing economies, growing youth employment without destroying the Earth
As delegates from around the world converge in Indonesia for the Tunza International Children and Youth Conference 2011, greening the economy as well as generating decent jobs for young people now and in the future are emerging as major tests for the global economy.

Student Project Turns Grease Into Green Energy Solutions and Green Jobs
The innovative teenager and her team of five seventh-graders launched the Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF) recycling programme

Asia-Pacific - Big Resource Efficiency Gains Key Opportunity for 21st Century Prosperity
A new 'green' industrial revolution is needed in the Asia-Pacific region that catalyzes dramatic improvements in resource efficiency

TUNZA Children & Youth Conference on Green Jobs for Sustainable Development: Towards RIO+20
As the world prepares for the Rio+20 conference in June 2012, more than 1,400 young people from 120 countries are gathering in Indonesia later this month to shape, sharpen and finalize their unique position on this once in a generation event

Investments in Water Sector Could Pay Huge Dividends for Human Health and Food Security
Investing 0.16 per cent of global GDP in the water sector could reduce water scarcity and halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in less than four years, according to United Nations research released today.

Investing in Ecosystem Services Vital to Improving Food Security, says UN
Recognising healthy ecosystems as the basis for sustainable water resources and stable food security can help produce more food from each unit of agricultural land, improve resilience to climate change and provide economic benefits for poor communities

UNEP Wins UN21 Award for Climate Neutrality
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has received the UN21 Award for Climate Neutrality from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UNEP was unveiled as the co-winner of the award along with the UN Department of Field Support during a ceremony at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at... See full story