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Young Olympic athletes carry the torch for the environment
In recognition of their potential to influence an entire generation of young people, UNEP will be educating talented young athletes at the Games on how they can contribute positively to sustainable development in their communities.

Humanitarian operations go green
Humanitarian work saves lives and helps those in distress. But emergency operations can also cause environmental damage. A new online tool from UNEP aims to reduce the environmental impact of humanitarian relief around the world.

Eighty electric days around the world
In a modern, eco-friendly twist on Jules Verne's classic adventure, teams driving electric cars are attempting to travel across the world in eighty days. The cars will visit the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, during their trip.

Old practices, new solutions: indigenous groups sign up for conservation
Around 10% of the world's forests are controlled by indigenous groups and communities, but detailed information on their conservation practices is in short supply. A new UNEP project is bringing greater attention to the links between indigenous communities, conservation and biodiversity.

Chinese businesses aim for a low-carbon economy
Chinese entrepreneurs and representatives from major Chinese businesses, including the country's largest real estate company, Vanke, and air conditioning manufacturer Broad Air, gathered today in the UN Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai to take part in a forum entitled: "The Nature of Cities- Low ... See full story

UNEP talks live to 'Plastiki' crew on final leg of epic voyage
As the boat made from bottles edges towards its finishing post in Sydney, UN Under Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner joined journalists for a live video link-up with Plastiki expedition leader David de Rothschild from UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

SEED Awards 2010: Invitation for Applications
Social and environmental entrepreneurs have the chance to apply to the annual SEED Awards as of today, 19 July 2010

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.