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Do You Know a 2009 Champion of the Earth?
Whether it be combating climate change or stemming the accelerating loss of biodiversity or promoting sustainable agriculture and recycling - some people and organizations are making a real and landscape - shifting difference.

ICC and UNEP Host Climate and Resource Efficiency Forum
As the world faces a rash of challenges needing global solutions from food shortages to financial market turbulence, more than 100 leaders from business, government and non-governmental organizations convened in Paris on 23-24 October for a climate change and resource efficiency forum.

Global Green New Deal - UNEP Green Economy Initiative
Those scheduled to attend include: Achim Steiner, UN Under - Secretary General and Executive Director UNEP, Hilary Benn, UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Pavan Sukhdev, Head of Deutsche Bank's Global Markets business in India; leader of The Economics of Ecosyst... See full story

UNEP Stands-up Against Poverty
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s message on this day is simple: investing in environmental management that benefits the poor will deliver strong results in terms of sustained poverty reduction and growth and achieving the MDGs. For over three years, UNEP and the UN Development Pr... See full story

World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy
Climate change and bioenergy are the focus of this year's World Food Day activities, expected to involve over 150 countries. FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.

Young-Woo Park Joins UNEP as Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Young-Woo Park from South Korea joined UNEP as the Regional Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia 6 October 2008.

Green Awards 2008 Shortlists Announced
Organisations wanting to demonstrate their commitment to communicating sustainability will soon be recognised when the winners are announced in the third annual Green Awards™ ceremony on the 12th of November. The Green Awards™ are pleased to announce this year's shortlisted entries, following two ... See full story

Nature-Based Enterprises Can Help Rural Poor Adapt to Environmental Threats
Expanding nature-based enterprises can increase income for the world's rural poor. This approach, as outlined in the latest World Resources Report 2008, can also develop the rural poor's resilience to social and environmental threats such as climate change.

Children Artists Join Forces with the UN to Combat Climate Change
Young artists from around the world are lending their support to global efforts to combat climate change through Paint for the Planet, an exhibit and auction of children's art in New York.

Ted Turner Announces First-Ever Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria  at World Conservation Congress
United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner joined the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today to announce the first-ever globally relevant sustainable tourism criteria at the IUCN World C... See full story

German Government Invests $18 Million to Support Clean Energy and Climate Change Adaptation
Germany today boosted its funding for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) earmarking $18 million for the organization's work on clean energy and climate proofing vulnerable economies.