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UN targets widely-used pesticide endosulfan for phase out
Representatives from 127 governments have agreed to add endosulfan to the United Nations' list of persistent organic pollutants to be eliminated worldwide.

Media Advisory: UN to Announce Flagship Environment Awards
What do a head of state, adventurer, chemicals campaigner, green entrepreneur and a world-famous performer have in common? All five will receive the UN's flagship environmental award later in New York today.

Calls to better manage natural resources on 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone's independence
Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone's independence resonated with strong calls to protect, conserve and manage the country's precious natural resources.

Celebrating Earth Day
On April 22nd we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Earth Day created in 1970, a landmark for the environmental movement

Business leaders debate Green Economy in Paris
Some 200 representatives from business and industry, governments and civil society gathered in Paris this week to debate the transition to a green economy.

Media Advisory - Green Economy Symposium: Accelerating the Transition
The idea of a Green Economy is fast becoming a key component of mainstream economic discourse and is seen as the blueprint for a transition to a more efficient and equitable economy that makes better use of natural resources to achieve sustainable growth.

UN Climate Change Conference highlights progress and divisions on central issues
On the final day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bangkok (3-8 April), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that while positive and constructive, the meeting in Thailand had also highlighted continuing divisions between governments that needed to be resolved in the course of th... See full story

World Plugs-In to New Renewables Agency
Renewable energy was given a boost with the opening of the first General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) which opened in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tours Geothermal Plant in East Africa's Great Rift Valley
The rise of geothermal energy in Kenya's Great Rift Valley was witnessed today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who toured the Olkaria plant northwest of the country's capital of Nairobi.

New Environmental Co-operation between UNEP and the Government of Japan
World-class environmental research has received an important boost, thanks to the strengthening of a partnership between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Japan.