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Global Phase Out of Old Bulbs Announced by UN, GEF, and Industry
A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

UN Climate Neutral Network Announces New Partnerships for a Low-Carbon Future
From cities to cooperatives and from railways to postal services, industry and civil society associations have pledged to significantly reduce their carbon footprint and promote greener living by joining the Climate Neutral Network led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen becomes UN Environmental Ambassador
Nairobi/New York, 20 September 2009 - The face of some of the world's most exclusive products is to become the new face of global environmental action. Brazil-born Gisele Bündchen, among the most recognized top models of all time, has been designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations ... See full story

Call for record participation on 2009 Clean Up the World Weekend
On the countdown to the17th Clean Up the World Weekend, 18-20 September, communities across the globe are looking to break all records by mobilising tens of millions of volunteers in support of the environment.

UNOG's new green project to use lake water to cool offices
The Geneve-Lac-Nations (GLN) grid will be used to supply renewable energy, using water from the Lake to heat pumps, which will supply heating for the new buildings in the United Nations area.

Trade and Environment: WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change
The WTO/UNEP report on "Trade and Climate Change" published today examines the intersections between trade and climate change from four perspectives: the science of climate change; economics; multilateral efforts to tackle climate change; and national climate change policies and their effect on tra... See full story

Sports plays a growing role in quest for sustainability
The crucial role played by Sports in various aspects of sustainable development was discussed by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in an address to the 'Forum on Productive Youth Development through Sport in Africa'.

UNEP launches new online system to view and study the world's marine protected areas
A new decision-making tool is being launched to provide the most current and relevant information about marine and coastal biodiversity and its protection status.

Three more countries say 'yes' to a low-carbon future on World Environment Day
Three countries have pledged to promote low-carbon, green growth by joining the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), an initiative led by UNEP to promote global action to de-carbonize our economies and societies.

Winners of 2009 SEED Awards Announced
The winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development were announced today at a high level award ceremony and reception.

Green shoots planted in Obama's first 100 days in office
Crucially, the Obama team recognizes that a Green New Deal and Green Economy can be a vital component in catalyzing a sustainable economic upturn.