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UNEP Executive Director Welcomes Obama's Speech on Climate Change
20/11/2008
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's latest speech on climate change has been welcomed as "very meaningful" by Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Nature-Based Enterprises Can Help Rural Poor Adapt to Environmental Threats
08/10/2008
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
08/10/2008
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
06/10/2008
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
03/10/2008
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.

Young Consumers' Guide to Eco-Friendly Living
01/10/2008
How to balance looking cool and feeling cool with the need to combat climate are among the key tips in the new United Nations YouthXchange Training kit.

Landmark New Report Says Emerging Green Economy Could Create Tens of Millions of New "Green Jobs"
24/09/2008
A new, landmark study on the impact of an emerging global "green economy" on the world of work says efforts to tackle climate change could result in the creation of millions of new "green jobs" in the coming decades.

Mexico to Host World Environment Day Under the Theme 'Your Planet Needs You'
22/09/2008
Mexico, a country at the crossroads of the Green Economy and one increasingly in the centre of regional and global affairs will host the international 2009 World Environment Day celebrations.

Making Sustainable Development Happen: SEED Announces its 2008 Award Winners
11/09/2008
An International Jury, composed of global experts across a range of sectors, advised the SEED Initiative on the selection. Jury members were deeply impressed by the promise of these projects, each of which is likely to be able to scale up its activities considerably; some might be replicated elsewh... See full story

Which Global Green Campaign Will Be Recognised As The Most Compelling in 2008?
08/09/2008
This year for the first time, the Green Awards™ is accepting applications from outside the UK for the'Best Green International Campaign' category.

African Health and Environment Ministers Join to Defend Health from Environmental Harm
02/09/2008
Health and Environment Ministers in Africa have resolved to build a strategic health and environment alliance to reduce environmental threats to human health and well-being.