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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 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.

Forest conservation groups in Nepal and Guatemala win 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize
Two projects conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia are the laureates of the 2010-11 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

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.

Young innovators seek solutions to close the 'knowledge gap'
Reducing the scientific knowledge gap between industrialized countries and the developing world is one of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals which nations seek to attain by 2015.

Ban Calls For A Green Economy As Crucial For A Sustainable Future
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for "revolutionary action" to achieve sustainable development, warning that the past century's heedless consumption of resources is "a global suicide pact" with time running out to ensure an economic model for survival.