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UNEP calls on peace missions to adopt environmental technologies and sustainable management practices
11/03/2009
The impact of peacekeeping operations on critical natural resources is being highlighted this week at a gathering of military and civilian aid experts at UNEP headquarters.

Obama's 'green budget' provides hope for economy & climate change
27/02/2009
President Barack Obama's plan to bailout the U.S economy relies on a carbon cap-and-trade system that includes an 80 billion dollar investment in renewable energy programmes.

Wangari Maathai calls on armies to join the Billion Tree Campaign
25/02/2009
The world's armies and UN peacekeepers around the globe should join the Billion Tree Campaign as it strives to reach its target of 7 billion trees planted by the end of 2009, according to Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai.

UNEP and Microsoft Announce Partnership to Help Address Environmental Issues by Leveraging Technology
17/02/2009
Today the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Corp signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on leveraging information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to help address today's complex environmental challenges.

Realizing a "Green New Deal"
16/02/2009
One third of the around $2.5 trillion-worth of planned stimulus packages should be invested on 'greening' the world economy. This would assist in powering the global economy out of recession and onto a Green, 21st century path a new report released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says.

UNEP Year Book 2009 Makes the Green Economy Case
16/02/2009
The importance of realizing a Global Green New Deal and the urgent need for a transition to a low carbon and resource efficient Green Economy are spotlighted in the UNEP Year Book 2009, launched today at an international gathering of environment ministers.

New Atlas Maps a Blueprint for Kenya's Green Development
13/02/2009
Kenya: Atlas of Our Changing Environment was launched today by Kenyan Environment Minister John Michuki and UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

Sochi Olympics, 2010 FIFA World Cup & Norwegian Sport Events Rally Behind the Climate Neutral Call
11/02/2009
The 2014 Sochi Olympics, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Rally Norway and the Norwegian Golf Federation have joined UNEP's Climate Neutral Network.

Secretary-General warns that climate change could lead to economic upheaval
06/02/2009
Failure to tackle climate change could lead to insecurity and economic upheaval, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.

Davos: A Green New Deal for a Post-Crisis World
29/01/2009
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is urging Davos delegates to embrace a transition to a low carbon Green Economy.

G-20 summit in April will look at boosting low-carbon economy
27/01/2009
The creation of a low-carbon economy will be high on the agenda at an April summit of the leaders of 20 major economies (G-20).