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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

New Move to Develop Global Standards for Measuring Energy Use in Buildings
Efforts to establish international standards for measuring energy use in buildings have received a boost, after the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) decided to consider an innovative tool developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to gauge energy consumption an... See full story

Winners of Chinese Painting Competition Awarded at UNEP
Today, the top 18 winners of the Chinese Children's Painting Competition received their awards in the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Report Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Energy in 2010
The renewable energy sector continued to perform well in 2010 despite the economic recession, according to a new report supported by UNEP.

Global Investments in Green Energy Up Nearly a Third to US$211 billion
Wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe were largely responsible for last year's 32% rise in green energy investments worldwide according to the latest annual report on renewable energy investment trends issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Renewed momentum for tackling water scarcity and conflict in Darfur
Political commitment, donor interest and increased awareness of the need to manage Darfur's scarce water resources sustainably were among the key outcomes of a two-day international conference organized by the Sudanese Government and its international partners in Khartoum last week.

Applications for 2011 SEED Awards Now Open
Social and environmental entrepreneurs who can demonstrate innovation, leadership and sustainability have the chance to win expert assistance and support for their sustainable development initiatives in the 2011 SEED Awards.

UNEP launches 2011 Ozone Africa Media Award
Applications are now open for UNEP's Ozone Africa Media Award. Journalists working in print, radio, television and electronic media are encouraged to enter.