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African Laureate of UNEP 20th International Children Painting Competition Announced today on World Environment Day
The United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for Africa has today declared Monica Adhiambo Arego of the Limuru Girls High School in Kenya, the regional winner of this year's International competition on the Environment

Japanese Student Wins Asia Pacific Prize for UNEP International Childrens Painting Competition
A Japanese student's painting caught the eyes of judges, making it the Asia Pacific winner of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual International Children's Painting Competition

World Environment Day goes to ever higher heights on Mount Everest
Thousands of projects are taking place internationally for World Environment Day (WED), but perhaps none as high as the clean-up operation held some 8,848m metres above sea level on Mount Everest

Hollywood, Bollywood and Beyond: Celebrities Get Onboard for World Environment Day
In the run-up to World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June 2011, celebrities across the world are squaring up to their fellow stars - all in the name of the environment.

Media Advisory: UNEP to Launch 'Forests in a Green Economy' report on World Environment Day
A new UNEP report will detail the economic, environmental, health and social benefits of investing in forests. 'Forests in a Green Economy' will be launched in New Delhi and Nairobi on 5 June 2011.

Countdown begins to World Environment Day 2011
From Bangalore to Bangkok, World Environment Day on 5 June 2011 will see thousands of people come together to celebrate the value of forests

Support for Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture Needed to Fuel an 'Evergreen Revolution'
UNEP and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) call for a dramatic increase in support for sustainable agriculture as a way to drive green growth and reduce poverty.

Darfur water conference will help build peace in troubled region, says UN
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will be part of a major conference on water and peace in Sudan's Darfur region to be held in June.

Raising metal recycling rates key part of path to Green Economy: UNEP
Smarter product designs, support for developing country waste management schemes, and encouraging developed country households not to 'squirrel away' old electronic goods in drawers and closets could help boost recycling of metals worldwide, according to a report released today by the United Nation... See full story

'Decoupling' rate of resource consumption from economic growth rate - Europe presents mixed picture
Dramatic differences exist between many countries in Europe and their consumption of natural resources such as fossil fuels, biomass and minerals, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) shows.

Green Week: Europe's Largest Environmental Policy Conference Begins
Green Week - the largest annual environmental policy conference in Europe attracting around 4,000 participants, is taking place in Brussels this week. In its 11th year, this year's meeting will focus on the theme of "Resource Efficiency: Using less, living better".