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UNEP Report on Latin America and the Caribbean Addresses Environmental Degradation
Increasing water shortages, rapid urbanization, a rise in irrigated agriculture, the degradation of marine and coastal areas and loss of forests are just some of the environmental challenges that are highlighted in the soon to be released report

Negotiating Instruments to Govern Provision & Use of the Planet's Genetic Resources
The provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet is the subject of a week long negotiations that started in Montreal, Saturday, with the aim to settle the details of a new global legal agreement to govern the process at a multinational level.

African Countries Showcase Green Economy Initiatives at UNEP Event and Launching of the 2010 SEED Awards
South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have taken bold initiatives to achieve a green economy transformation. These initiatives were presented at a UNEP event during the 13th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Bamako, Mali.

From Copenhagen to Cancun - Lessons Learnt and Future Opportunities
The Copenhagen climate summit was neither the breakthrough so many had hoped for, nor the breakdown that seemed possible in the late hours of that final day in December 2009, according to Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director. In an editorial published in the officia... See full story

African Youth Urge World Leaders to Commit to Protecting Biodiversity Now
Young people from across Africa called on world leaders on World Environment Day to act now to protect biodiversity

Rehabilitating Nature-Based Assets Generates Jobs, Wealth and Restoration of Multi-Trillion Dollar Services
Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems can trigger multi-million dollar returns, generate jobs and combat poverty according to a new UNEP report.

Increase in Green Behavior Seen, As Indians Rank Most Sustainable, Americans Rank Lowest in 2010 Greendex Survey of 17 Countries
Environmentally friendly behavior among consumers in 10 of 17 countries has increased over the past year, according to the third annual survey by the National Geographic Society and international polling firm GlobeScan.

Energy and Agriculture Top Resource Panel's  Priority List for Sustainable 21st Century
How the world is fed and fueled will in large part define development in the 21st century as one that is increasingly sustainable or a dead end for billions of people.

PUMA & UNEP Kick Off Africa Unity Experience
Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana will participate in a series of high impact 'Unity' events to generate fan support, build consumer engagement in advance of South Africa and raise funds and awareness for the 'Play For Life' project.

Turning the Tide on Falling Fish Stocks - UNEP-Led Green Economy Charts Sustainable Investment Path
Investing around US$8 billion a year in rebuilding and greening the world's fisheries could raise catches to 112 million tonnes annually while triggering benefits to industry, consumers and the global economy totalling US$1.7 trillion over the next 40 years.

New UNEP Launch on the Future of the Clean-Tech Revolution
Global demand for metals like copper and aluminum has doubled in the past 20 years. Unless recycling rates are intensified for these and other critical metals, they will be unavailable for future use.