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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.

Norway Backs UNEP's Transformational Strategy with More than $30 Million-Worth of New Support
In a move signalling strong support for the policies, plans and reform agenda of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Government of Norway has committed NOK 100 million (US$34 million) for 2010/2011 towards the organization's forward-looking work programme and its Medium Term Strategy (MTS).

From Global Green New Deal to Global Green Recovery
Asia and in particular China and the Republic of Korea are pioneering an economic and employment recovery based in part on significant investments in a Green Economy.

Business Leaders Recommit to Urgent Action on Environment
Heeding a call-to-action by the United Nations Secretary-General, business leaders from the world's largest global companies on Friday pledged to elevate and broaden their commitments to address the world's most pressing environmental problems.

UNEP's Climate Neutral Network Member PUMA to Spearhead Exciting World Cup Initiative
PUMA announced plans on Thursday to offset the CO2 footprint of PUMA-sponsored national football teams taking part in the Football World Cup this summer in South Africa - a total of 336 players and officials.

Green Economy Takes Centre Stage at UNEP 2010 Champions of the Earth Awards
The 2010 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations' highest awards for environmental leadership, were announced today. The six winners, drawn from the worlds of government, science, business and entertainment, each exemplify how action, inspiration, personal commitment and creativity can catalyze ... See full story

Achim Steiner Makes the Case for a Green Economy Recovery as B4E Summit Kicks Off
Sustainable development is not a choice but an imperative, and the only course possible in our 21st century world, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner argued in his opening remarks to hundreds of top business and environment leaders attending the Business for the Environment (B4E) Summit.

Business and Biodiversity: Are You a Green Leader?
A new publication from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), previewed at B4E, the Business for Environment Global Summit, in Seoul today, helps companies understand the challenges and opportunities by examining the impact of their sector and revealing what other companies are doing t... See full story

One Third of Countries Show Promising Gains in Low Carbon Economic Growth Since the Copenhagen Climate Accord
The 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index, the most comprehensive study to date of national progress to create green jobs and economic growth through low carbon products and services, shows that in spite of uncertainty surrounding international climate negotiations, countries have forged ahead with lo... See full story

UNEP Finance Initiative reaches out to Finance Sector in Turkey
Welcoming its first member from Turkey, UNEP FI is committed to working on sustainable finance issues with the Turkish financial sector.

Communities unite for Live Earth to address water shortage
On Sunday 18 April, the global UNEP-supported Live Earth Run for Water campaign will mobilize communities in more than 175 cities around the world to raise awareness of the growing scarcity of safe, clean water.