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By ROE News on 5/29/2015 10:31 AM
Nairobi/Milan, 29 May 2015 – World Environment Day (WED), the UN’s principal vehicle to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment, will be celebrated around the world on 5 June with a call to governments, communities and individuals to improve their consumption patterns.

This year’s theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care’, encourages people to rethink their lifestyles and, through conscious consumer decisions, decrease humanity’s collective impact on nature’s resources.

According to UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP), if unsustainable consumption and production patterns persist, by 2050 we will be using three planets- worth of natural resources to maintain our ways of living. This means that it will take three years for the Earth to regenerate the resources we use in one year. By 2050, humanity could be devouring about 140 billion...
By ROE News on 5/12/2015 4:28 AM

Geneva, 11 May 2015 - The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Christian Friis Bach signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce the collaboration between UNEP and UNECE on environmental protection, supporting the shift to a green economy and promoting sustainable development.

The agreement will allow the two organizations to provide coherent assistance to Member States on a range of topics, from improvement of air quality, to boosting cooperation on environmental governance, to a shift to green economy. UNEP's and UNECE's common delivery on these issues will support the region's countries in overcoming the challenges they face in terms of sustainable development and energy, environmental protection and climate change.

By ROE News on 5/5/2015 1:21 PM
Geneva, 4 May 2015 - Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP today stressed the need to limit the use of dangerous chemicals and to find a solution to the masses of electronic waste building up around the world, as a Conference of Parties to three major Conventions on the subject began in Geneva today.

The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) told journalists that the "tsunami of e-waste rolling out over the world" not only accounted for a large portion of the world's non-recyclable "waste mountain" but also needed dealing with because many elements found in electronic equipment are potentially hazardous to people and the environment.

"Never mind that it is also an economic stupidity because we are throwing away an enormous amount of raw...
By ROE News on 4/23/2015 12:53 AM

"Developing Green Economies for Sustainability and Competitiveness" - Moscow, 22 April 2015    

Your Excellency Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.

Your Excellencies:

Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for the Environment, Forest & Climate Change, India;

Chen Jining. Minister of Environmental Protection, the People's Republic of China

Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, the Republic of South Africa

Francisco Gaetani, the Brazilian Deputy Minister of the Environment, Brazil;

Esteemed guests, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

To begin, I would like to offer your Excellencies my warmest congratulations for the convening of the first BRICS Ministerial meeting on the Environment.

It is indeed a privilege to address...
By ROE News on 4/14/2015 6:06 AM

New York, 9 April 2015 - The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) reached New York City on Thursday, concluding its Atlantic crossing in a journey that will take its crew over 40,000 nautical miles as they attempt to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the oceans.

After completing the crossing of the Atlantic-which was turbulent due to several large depressions-the expedition has now arrived in New York, where it is welcomed and supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Swiss Consulate, among others. The crew members will be in New York until April 15th, participating in numerous outreach events including an open forum organized by UNEP to highlight the issue of plastic debris in the oceans.

The R4WO will be the guest of honor this afternoon at a plenary session regarding the "Global Partnership...
By ROE News on 4/7/2015 6:42 AM

Nairobi/Rome, 7 April 2015 - Italy has today been named host of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations on 5 June, in a joint announcement made by the Government of Italy and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The theme of this year's World Environment Day is resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production in the context of the planet’s regenerative capacity, as captured in the slogan ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care’. Affirming WED as a global public outreach platform, this slogan emerged as the top choice by the global community through social media voting.

The 2015 global WED celebrations will be organized at the world famous Universal Exhibition, which attracts over 20 million visitors. Expo Milano 2015 will run from May 1 to October 31 and is expected to include over 140 countries plus...
By ROE News on 4/7/2015 6:25 AM

Frankfurt / Nairobi, 31 March, 2015 — Global investments in renewable energy rebounded strongly last year, registering a solid 17% increase after two years of declines and brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices.

Major expansion of solar installations in China and Japan and record investments in offshore wind projects in Europe helped propel global 2014 investments to $270 billion, a 17% surge from the 2013 figure of $232 billion. It was the first annual increase in dollars invested in and committed to renewables (excluding large hydro-electric projects) in three years, a total just 3% below the all-time record of $279 billion set in 2011. The falls in the investment figures for 2012 (to $256 billion) and 2013 (to $232 billion) were attributed in part to lower prices for renewable energy technologies due to economies of...
By ROE News on 12/23/2014 3:30 AM

Brussels, December 2014 - UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner has congratulated the EU Ministers on the adoption of Council Conclusions on Post 2015 on 16 December. He acknowledged the constructive role played by the EU in supporting and shaping of the Post 2015 agenda. More

By ROE News on 12/5/2014 1:01 AM

Balti, Moldova, 4 December 2014 – On 2 December, the final meeting took place of the EU-financed project “Sustainable Energy Planning in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus –Towards the Covenant of Mayors” (CoMO-EAST). Representatives of the 3 partner cities of the project – Vinnytsya in Ukraine, Balti in Moldova and the old town of Baku (Icherisheher) in Azerbaijan – and representatives of the EU, UNEP, the EU delegation in Moldova, the Moldovan government and municipalities and CoMO-EAST experts came together to evaluate the project achievements. More

By ROE News on 12/2/2014 6:51 AM

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 28 November – Today, at the ministerial meeting of the Interstate Commission on Sustainable Development of Central Asia (ICSD), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan adopted key decisions aiming at reinforcing sustainable development in the region. More

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