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Darfur water conference will help build peace in troubled region, says UN
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will be part of a major conference on water and peace in Sudan's Darfur region to be held in June.

Raising metal recycling rates key part of path to Green Economy: UNEP
Smarter product designs, support for developing country waste management schemes, and encouraging developed country households not to 'squirrel away' old electronic goods in drawers and closets could help boost recycling of metals worldwide, according to a report released today by the United Nation... See full story

'Decoupling' rate of resource consumption from economic growth rate - Europe presents mixed picture
Dramatic differences exist between many countries in Europe and their consumption of natural resources such as fossil fuels, biomass and minerals, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) shows.

Green Week: Europe's Largest Environmental Policy Conference Begins
Green Week - the largest annual environmental policy conference in Europe attracting around 4,000 participants, is taking place in Brussels this week. In its 11th year, this year's meeting will focus on the theme of "Resource Efficiency: Using less, living better".

International Resource Panel launches metals recycling report
Failure to recycle many metals around the world not only causes wasted resources and environmental damage, it threatens shortages of elements essential to modern technologies, according to the first-ever comprehensive analysis of the problem.

Green Star Awards honour environmental heroes working in disasters
An organization tackling pollution in developing countries and an academic working to make houses safer during earthquakes are among the recipients of this year's Green Star Awards.

Youth can influence switch to sustainable lifestyles, says UNEP survey
Young people want to be a force for change and create their own vision of sustainable development, according to survey of more than 8000 young adults from 20 countries conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme

Humanity Can and Must  Do More with Less: UNEP Report
By 2050, humanity could consume an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year - three times its current appetite - unless the economic growth rate is "decoupled" from the rate of natural resource consumption.

UN Announces Winners of Flagship Environment Award
From using green technology to cut air pollution in China, to tackling the impact of toxic chemicals in Eastern Europe or crossing the globe to fly the flag for solar power, this year's Champions of the Earth represent green innovation in action.

Gisele Bundchen and Don Cheadle go head-to-head for the WED Challenge
It's not every day you see an international supermodel squaring up to a Hollywood actor. But as the countdown to World Environment Day (WED) on June 5th begins, Gisele Bundchen and Don Cheadle are taking off the gloves to do battle.

Media Advisory: UNEP Report on "Decoupling" natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth
A new report from UNEP's International Resource Panel has sought to apply the concept of decoupling economic growth and human well-being from negative environmental impacts and escalating resource use to address this challenge