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UN Secretary-General opens new energy-neutral offices in Nairobi
The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has officially opened the new offices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Media Advisory: Visit of UN Secretary-General to Nairobi
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will visit Nairobi from Wednesday 30 March to Saturday 2 April 2011 for a meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

Harvard University recognizes Refrigerants, Naturally! with prestigious award
A partnership conceived and supported by UNEP's OzonAction team has received a prestigious award from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

New international co-operation to tackle marine debris
Government representatives, major industries and leading marine researchers have come together to make a new set of commitments to tackle the widespread problem of debris in the world's seas and oceans.

Sochi 2014 Olympic partners commit to Mzymta River Basin restoration
The Olympics are a source of national pride but also an opportunity for showcasing innovation and catalyzing action towards a more sustainable future nationally and internationally

Smart investments needed to tackle drinking water crisis in DR Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) possesses over half of Africa's water reserves, yet 74 percent of its population lacks access to safe drinking water, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Fast pace of African urbanization affecting water supplies and sanitation
Rapid urbanization is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report.

Green Economy Report on the Agenda in Washington D.C.
The Green Economy report assertively challenges the myth that investing in the environment comes at the expense of economic growth

Green Economy and Environmental Governance reform backed by world's environment ministers
A major sustainable development conference in Brazil next year offers a key opportunity to accelerate and to scale-up a global transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy, a meeting of the world's environment ministers has signaled.

Green Economy Report: How two per cent of global GDP can trigger green growth and fight poverty
Investing two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched today says.