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Solar Power for Schoolchildren and US$85,000 for Gorilla Conservation Among Lasting Legacy of World Environment Day in Rwanda

5 June 2010
Schoolchildren and villagers across Rwanda will receive solar power and more than $85,000 will go to gorilla conservation as part of the lasting legacy of World Environment Day 2010.
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Don Cheadle Appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme

5 June 2010
He has portrayed Iron Men, mobsters and a hotel manager who saved hundreds of lives during the Rwanda genocide. But in his latest role, Hollywood star Don Cheadle will take on a new kind of challenge – the environment. Don Cheadle, an internationally respected actor, humanitarian and environmentalist, was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 5 June 2010, World Environment Day (WED).
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City of Genoa marks World Environment Day with climate neutral commitment

5 June 2010
The City of Genoa in northern Italy has marked World Environment Day (WED) by joining a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) network dedicated to organizations with the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the world.Genoa has become the first Italian city to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a global initiative promoting regional and national action to help combat climate change by achieving climate neutrality at all levels of society.
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Gorilla Airlift Sparks Calls for Stronger Controls on Natural Resource Smuggling in Greater Congo Basin and Beyond

4 June 2010
UN Peacekeepers in DR Congo are planning a new gorilla rescue airlift next month, in what may be one of the first operations conducted under their new mandate. As of 1 July, the UN Peacekeeping Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) will convert to a stabilization mission, as per a recent decision by the UN Security Council.
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30 million tree planting pledge marks World Environment Day in Azerbaijan

3 June 2010
To mark World Environment Day (WED), the Government of Azerbaijan has joined the global Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign with a pledge to plant 30 million trees. The announcement was made today by Azerbaijan’s Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Huseyn Bagirov, during a tree planting event the capital, Baku, attended by Christophe Bouvier, Director of the UN Environment Programme’s Regional Office for Europe.
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Increase in Green Behavior Seen, as Indians Rank as Most Sustainable, Americans Least: 2010 Greendex Survey

3 June 2010
Environmentally friendly behavior among consumers in 10 of 17 countries has increased over the past year, according to the third annual survey by the National Geographic Society and international polling firm GlobeScan. The 17-country survey looked at consumer behaviors that have an impact on the environment, including their transportation patterns, household energy and resource use and consumption of food and everyday consumer goods, as well as what consumers were doing to minimize that impact.
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World Environment Day Finalists announced in the Innovation for Biodiversity Photo Contest

The partners in the Innovation for Biodiversity Photo Contest have announced 12 photographs to go before an international judging panel who will select a $1,500 first place winner and $1,000 second place winner. The Crowd Favorite, based on public voting, and winner of a $500 prize, is a photograph entitled Communion with the Environment by Artemio Andaya of the Philippines.
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New Report Makes Economic Case for Repairing the Natural World

2 June 2010
Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems—from forests and freshwaters to mangroves and wetlands—can trigger multi-million dollar returns, generate jobs and combat poverty according to a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
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Energy & Agriculture Top Resource Panel’s Priority List for Sustainable 21st Century

2 June 2010
How the world is fed and fueled will in large part define development in the 21st century as one that is increasingly sustainable or a dead end for billions of people.
A new and hard-hitting report concludes that dramatically reforming, re-thinking and redesigning two sectors—energy and agriculture—could generate significant environmental, social and economic returns.
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Online exhibition for UN World Environment Day Reveals
Rwanda’s Triumphs and Challenges

1 June 2010
An ecotourism village developed by former gorilla poachers. Honey harvesters and tea farmers no longer destroying the forest. Traditional medicinal plants grown by doctors for healing. These are some of the extraordinary green feats Rwanda has on display in “Millions of Pieces, Only One Puzzle,” a new online photography exhibition created for World Environment Day 2010 to explore the critical connections between humans and biodiversity.
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The UN celebrates WED by 'Greening the Blue'

31 May 2010
On World Environment Day, 5 June 2007, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon publicly called on all UN agencies, funds and programmes to become climate neutral and ‘go green’. Since then a common approach to measuring greenhouse gas emissions has been agreed across the UN family, and in 2009 the UN published baseline details of its greenhouse gas emissions for 2008. Now, a new website has been developed to improve the UN’s communications on it’s internal sustainability performance.
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People around the planet gear up for WED

31 May 2010
From Hollywood stars to schoolchildren, millions of people on every continent will take action for the planet on 5 June for World Environment Day. Under the theme 'Many Species. One Planet. One Future', this year’s event will celebrate the incredible diversity of life on Earth as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. This year’s global host, Rwanda – a country of exceptional biodiversity that has made huge strides on environmental protection – will lead the celebrations with three days of keynote events.
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Experts meet in Vienna to discuss biodiversity

28 May 2010
International experts on biodiversity met on 28 May at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) to share their experiences at a symposium titled “Environment Day Talks ’10: Value of Diversity – Diversity of Value”. The symposium which was organized by the Austrian NGO “die umweltberatung” (Eco Counselling Austria), in co-operation with the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Vienna Office and the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, was held to mark World Environment Day and the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity
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Europe's city hubs for WED 2010 announced

12 May 2010
Public events in Geneva (Switzerland), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Genova (Italy) will lead World Environment Day (WED) 2010 activities in Europe, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. While thousands of WED 2010 events are planned around the world under the rallying cry ‘Many Species, One Planet, One Future’ – including in the global host country, Rwanda – three city hubs will lead Europe’s celebrations.
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UN's latest Global Biodiversity Outlook Calls for Swift Action

10 May 2010
Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth. This is one principal conclusion of a major new assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being. The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), produced by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), confirms that the world has failed to meet its target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.
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Sea turtles inspire acclaimed designer to act for WED

The plight of endangered marine turtles in the Mediterranean Sea has inspired a renowned American graphic designer to lend his support to WED. Alan Peckolick has combined his work as an active member of MEDASSET, the Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles, with his award-winning design talent to create a striking poster with a biodiversity theme for WED 2010...

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Future for Gorillas in Africa Getting Bleaker

Gorillas may have largely disappeared from large parts of the Greater Congo Basin by the mid 2020s unless urgent action is taken to safeguard habitats and counter poaching, says the United Nations and INTERPOL - the world's largest international police organization...

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Geneva focus of regional UN celebrations in Europe

22April 2010
In 2010, the United Nations family in Geneva, Switzerland, will come together for its largest ever World Environment Day celebrations - and everyone is invited.

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Pittsburgh announces regional WED celebrations

17 April 2010
The Pittsburgh World Environment Day Partnership has announced plans for more than 65 regional events and activities to promote environmental awareness and action during the six weeks that “bridge the gap” between the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 and World Environment Day on June 5...

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Learning from nature’s incredible designs

24 March 2010
In Janine Benyus’s world, architects, car manufacturers, furniture makers and engineers don’t look to computers to solve design challenges - they look outside their windows. The natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author proposes that the most inspiring ideas come from what we imitate in nature, not what we extract from it...

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UN Secretary General sounds the alarm for biodiversity on WED

24 March 2010
Biodiversity, the incredible variety of life on Earth that sustains us, is in peril. Species are becoming extinct at the fastest rate ever recorded. Most of these extinctions are tied to human activities that are polluting and depleting water resources, changing and degrading habitats and altering the global climate...

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CITES to discuss initiatives to dismantle criminal networks involved in tiger and rhino poaching

15 March 2010
Delegates and enforcement experts attending the CITES summit in Qatar will discuss this week the perilous state of tigers in the wild and the nature of poaching and illegal trade in tigers. The CITES Secretariat, in conjunction with INTERPOL, is calling for countries to submit information about crime against tigers...

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CITES world conference to look at wildlife trade rules

12 March 2010
Some 1,500 delegates representing more than 170 governments, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations and businesses will attend the triennial world conference of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which kicks off in Doha on 13 March.

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Rwanda Named Global Host of WED 2010

17 February 2010
Rwanda, the East African country that is embracing a transition to a Green Economy, will be the global host of World Environment Day 2010, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today...

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Policy Leaders Consider Solutions for Biodiversity at Davos Meeting

29 January 2010
The environment was a prominent theme at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, one month after the UN climate conference in Copenhagen demonstrated that global leadership is essential to reverse global warming. Biodiversity preservation was identified as critical first step to tackling climate change in Copenhagen...

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially launch the International Year of Biodiversity

12 January 2010
Launching the International Year of Biodiversity in Berlin yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the world to take the necessary steps to protect the biological diversity of the Earth.

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