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By ROE News on 6/30/2015 5:37 AM

Baku, Azerbaijan, 30 June 2015 – With UNEP’s support, a demonstration project for replacing inefficient public street lights provides example of how historic reserve of Icherisheher could go on to take major step towards its climate target

Some of the 600 LED lights that are replacing public street lights in Icherisheher were presented to the public in Azerbaijan’s capital city today, launching a demonstration project coordinated by UNEP showing how the reserve could take a big step towards achieving its 2020 climate goal.

The move to replace inefficient street lights with LED ones comes under one of the ambitious climate action plans that UNEP is coordinating as part of the European Commission’s ‘Covenant of Mayors (COMO) Going East’ programme. Icherisheher has been a signatory to COMO since 2012.

Outdoor lighting accounts for 70% of total...
By ROE News on 6/19/2015 7:04 AM
A new UNEP report launched in Chisináu, Moldova this week can provide a platform for the exchange of regulatory best practices on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) for the entire region.

Recommendations are also made in the paper for furthering work in specific fields and how to best organise bodies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine that deal with SCP.

The study, titled ‘Sustainable consumption and production policies and initiatives in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus,’ was presented to policymakers from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus this week by Rie Tsutsumi, Programme Officer for the UNEP Regional Office for UNEP.

Moves towards a green economy

One of the challenges faced by countries wishing to transition to a green economy are the knowledge gaps on economic, social and environmental challenges and the policies or regulations that can be designed to tackle them. 

Yet thanks to the new report, some of this knowledge can...
By ROE News on 6/18/2015 11:34 PM

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 18 June 2015 - UNEP is to step up its support to Central Asian countries on a range of sustainable development topics following a meeting of ministers and high-level country representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Eight decisions for furthering cooperation on sustainable development among Central Asian countries were taken at a Interstate Commission on Sustainable Development of Central Asia (ICSD) meeting taking place on 16-18 June in Turkmenistan.  UNEP has consequently pledged support on mountains, waste management, moves to a green economy in light of the upcoming Batumi conference, and legislative and institutional support, among other areas.

Immediately prior to the meeting, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon completed a visit of all five Central Asian countries during which...
By ROE News on 6/18/2015 7:49 AM

Chisinau, Moldova, 18 June 2015 - When farmer earnings are included, economic gains from organic agriculture could immediately trump those from conventional farming provided that crop yields are not more than 20% lower, a new UNEP report reveals.

The report was launched by UNEP in the margins of a Special Session on Organic Agriculture that is part of the 4th ‘Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood’ (EaP) Green Steering Committee Meeting in Chisinau.

Costs and benefits to different green economy scenarios are laid out in the study, entitled Green Economy Scoping Study for the Republic of Moldova and commissioned in the frame of the EaP Green Programme, funded by the EU, in order to help the country meet its National Development Strategy, known as ‘Moldova 2020’.

Moldovan farmers can expect to profit from expanding organic agriculture in the medium and long-term thanks to premium market prices that are...
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 tonnes of minerals,...
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...

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