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Global clean up campaign concludes
Nairobi, 1 October 1997-"Early results of the fifth international Clean Up the World indicate that this year's campaign has been the most successful to date", Clean Up the World founder and chairman, Ian Kiernan, said today.
Tuesday 14 Oct 1997
Putting desertification on the map UNEP launches world atlas of desertification
Rome/Nairobi, 9 October 1997-Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), today launched the second edition of UNEP's World Atlas of Desertification during the First Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, underway this week in Rome, Italy.
Thursday 09 Oct 1997
Young musicians seek public support in their efforts to promote healthier environment
Nairobi/Hamburg, 26 September - Today at 10 a.m. in Hamburg, Germany, the United World Philharmonic youth orchestra and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will hold a press conference to launch a programme in support of an upcoming concert in Kyoto, Japan for the opening of the Kyoto Climate Change Conference. The concert is scheduled to be held on 30 November 1997.
Friday 19 Sep 1997
UNEP hosts third global training programme in environmental law and policy
Nairobi, 17 September- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is hosting a three-week Global Training Programme in Environmental Law and Policy from 22 September to 9 October 1997 here in Nairobi.
Thursday 18 Sep 1997
Governments strengthen controls on methyl bromide, illegal chlorofluorocarbon trade
Nairobi/Montreal, 18 September 1997-Some 110 Governments attending the ninth Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have agreed to tighten restrictions on several destructive chemicals.
Thursday 18 Sep 1997
Experts work towards implementation of climate change convention
Nairobi/Paris, September 1997 - In Paris, last week, a group of experts from Governments, industry, academia and non- governmental organizations met to discuss "Mutually Beneficial Incentives" for Activities Implemented Jointly (AIJ) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Participants in this meeting were drawn from developed and developing countries and those with economies in transition.
Thursday 18 Sep 1997
Fifth annual clean up the world campaign to involve record number of countries
Nairobi - 15 September 1997- In an inspiring display of global cooperation, 40 million people from Brazil to Brunei, Tanzania to Thailand will take part in the fifth annual Clean Up the World Campaign scheduled to take place from 19 - 21 September in more than 110 countries.
Monday 15 Sep 1997
United Nations top environmental prize goes to Barbara Pyle, environmental media activist from the USA
Nairobi, 3 October 1997- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today that the 1997 UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize has been awarded to Ms. Barbara Pyle, Vice President of Environmental Policy, Turner Broadcasting System and CNN's Environmental Editor.
Saturday 13 Sep 1997
Prime Minister of Norway Opens Green Lane on the Internet
4 September 1997 - Official opening of the UNEPnet/Mercure satellite station at Arendal
Thursday 04 Sep 1997
Statement by Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Executive Director of UNEP to the International Media Conference (World Environment Day)
World Environment DaySeoul, 5 June 1997-As many of you will recall, in January, UNEP published its first Global Environmental Outlook report. The message of the GEO report was clear: Humanity is polluting and using up vital renewable resources -- fresh water, urban air, forests and soils -- faster than they can regenerate themselves.
Monday 11 Aug 1997
Statement by Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Executive Director of UNEP to the UN General Assembly, Special Session 24 June 1997
11 August 1997 - The message of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio was one of hope and exhilaration. The world was about to change in some very positive and fundamental ways.
Monday 11 Aug 1997
Ethics and Environment
11 August 1997- World Environment Day 1997,We live in the midst of startling paradoxes.We have it within ourselves to abolish hunger, yet we feel nobler organizing charities for starving children.
Monday 11 Aug 1997
World Day to Combat Desertification, 17 June 1997
Nairobi, 17 June-Today, we celebrate the United Nations World Day to Combat Desertification - a day to bring focus to something that cries for the attention 365 days a year - the concerns of the people inhabiting the world's drylands.
Monday 11 Aug 1997
Inauguration of a new integrated management information system (IMIS)
Nairobi, 17 June 1997- The first release of an innovative administrative system being phased in by the United Nations to overhaul record-keeping on its staff members worldwide as well as its financial status was launched today at the United Nations Office of Nairobi (UNON).
Monday 11 Aug 1997
CITES agrees to limited trade in ivory, regulated trade in caviar, and continued ban on trade in whales
Harare, 20 June 1997 - Members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) concluded their two-week session here today after deciding to permit some highly controlled exports of elephant ivory.
Monday 11 Aug 1997
The United Nations promotes integration of trade, environment and development
Geneva/Nairobi, 14 July 1997-UNCTAD and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a technical assistance programme for promoting the complementarity of trade, environment and development objectives in developing countries. The MOU was signed in Geneva on Friday 11 July by the Secretary General of UNCTAD, Mr. Rubens Ricupero, and the Executive Director of UNEP, Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
Thursday 26 Jun 1997
UNEP’s statement to the discussion on The Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy
16 June 1997 - Mr. Chairman, Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen. The United Nations Environment Programme was established in 1972 to serve as a focal point for environmental action and co-ordination within the United Nations system. Through its various programmes, UNEP addresses assessment, management and policy aspects of global and regional environmental issues. UNEP maintains a keen interest in the Arctic environment and recognises its importance in a global context.
Monday 16 Jun 1997
Fifteenth meeting of the open-ended working group of the parties to the Montreal Protocol
Nairobi, June 1997- The Ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol will take place in September 1997, in Montreal, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. In preparation for the meeting, nearly 300 officials and experts convened at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi from 3 to 6 June. There was discussion of further measures that need to be taken to protect the ozone layer and assure its healing.
Thursday 12 Jun 1997
UNEP UPDATE vol. 3, no. 5 (May issue) Editorial
12 June 1997 - UNEP's World Environment Day, marked annually on 5 June, was particularly significant this year. In 1997, UNEP is celebrating a number of significant milestones since its creation 25 years ago following the Stockholm Conference. This year the world marks: the 10th anniversary of the historic negotiation of the Montreal Protocol to preserve the ozone layer; 10 years since the ground-breaking Brundtland report on sustainable development; and five years since world leaders gathered in Rio for the Earth Summit. World Environment Day celebrates indeed past environmental achievements but more importantly, it constituted a unique occasion to invite the world to take urgent action for the preservation of life on Earth.
Thursday 12 Jun 1997
Progress on legal issues related to the Basel Convention
Nairobi, June 1997- The Ad Hoc Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts, a subsidiary body of the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention on the control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, at its fifth session in May 1997 in Geneva, made substantial progress in drafting a Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. Experts from all parts of the world discussed this complex issue and managed to streamline the previous draft. This was the first time since its establishment that the Working Group managed - even during only four days of meeting - to revisit all articles of a draft Protocol.
Wednesday 11 Jun 1997
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