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EU Vows to Continue Fight Against Climate Change
Brussels, October 30 1998, Xinhau- The European Union (EU) will continue to take a leading role in making efforts to continue the fight against climate change and to protect environment, said the European Commission here Friday.
Wednesday 04 Nov 1998
Continued collaboration required to ensure results from Buenos Aires Climate talks
Buenos Aires/Nairobi, 3 November 1998- On the opening day of the Climate Change Treaty talks yesterday in Buenos Aires, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, called for effective cooperation and collaboration among all players, in order to "repair the environment and forestall a climate catastrophe."
Wednesday 04 Nov 1998
Insurers urge use of market incentives to address climate change and call for clear frameworks for private sector involvement
Buenos Aires/Nairobi, 3 November 1998- Insurance executives, speaking on behalf of about 80 insurers from around the world, will address climate change negotiators here in Buenos Aires and urge for feasible and applicable market incentives to reverse the current trends in climate change. With annual revenues of over US$2 trillion, the concerns of the insurance industry will be hard to ignore.
Wednesday 04 Nov 1998
Job Vacancy - Challenging position in: International Telecommunications and Information Systems. Operation of UNEPnet.
29 October 1998, Arendal - GRID-Arendal is one of sixteen environment information centers within the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). GRID-Arendal is located in the Longum Park Technology Centre in Arendal. We have a staff of 20, half of which is recruited internationally. Our working language is English.
Thursday 29 Oct 1998
Climate Change COP4 Buenos Aires
29 October 1998 - Useful links to Websites
Thursday 29 Oct 1998
"Environmental problems affecting the traditional lifestyles of Indigenous Peoples in the Russian North"
29 October 1998 - In March this year, and for the first time ever, leaders from the 29 Indigenous Peoples groups, which comprise the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the Far North (RAIPON), met in Moscow to discuss common environmental problems affecting traditional lifestyles in the northern regions of the Russian Federation.
Thursday 29 Oct 1998
Experts ask: When is a chemical too toxic to use?
Bangkok/Nairobi, 23 October 1998- Leading experts on hazardous chemicals are meeting in Bangkok from 26 to 30 October to start identifying the scientific criteria that will be used for adding chemicals to an international watch list of so-called persistent organic pollutants, or POPs.
Sunday 25 Oct 1998
African environment ministers agree common position on the Kyoto protocol's clean development mechanism
Nairobi, 23 October 1998- Meeting here today under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), African ministers of environment agreed on a common position with regard to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), one of the "mechanisms" established as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) Kyoto Protocol. The ministers agreed that the CDM is "a high priority since Africa is the most vulnerable continent when it comes to the impact of climate change."
Sunday 25 Oct 1998
Environment Ministers and technical experts meet to discuss Africa's response to climate change
Nairobi, 20 October 1998- Technical experts from across Africa began a three-day meeting here yesterday to prepare for a special session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), to be held here at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi from 22 to 23 October.
Tuesday 20 Oct 1998
Massive iceberg breaks off in Antarctica
18 October 1998,Washington (Reuters)- An iceberg larger than the state of Delaware has broken off the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica in what scientists believe may be a sign of global warming, the National Ice Center announced Thursday.
Sunday 18 Oct 1998
International expert group discussing poverty mapping in Arendal, Norway
Arendal, 18 October 1998- An expert team of 35 individuals representing international agricultural research centres and other international organisations such as the World Bank and the Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, met in Arendal under the auspices of GRID-Arendal 14 -16 October.
Sunday 18 Oct 1998
U.N. Urges More Efforts to Overcome Poverty
18 October 1998, Xinhau- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said Friday that poverty reduction should be the focus of nations' whole development strategies.
Sunday 18 Oct 1998
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Nairobi, 16 October 1998-"The objectives of the Copenhagen Summit were clear: The complete eradication of extreme poverty through sustainable development. This means economic growth and investment in social development while respecting the environment. It also means respect for human rights, protection of children and empowerment of women.
Sunday 18 Oct 1998
China Faces Grave Environmental Situation: Li Peng
15 October 1998, Guilin, Xinhau- Top Chinese lawmaker Li Peng today described China's environmental situation as "extremely grim" and said the country faces the arduous task of protecting environment and natural resources.
Friday 16 Oct 1998
Environment-Canada: Pollution at Lethal Level
8 October 1998 Ottawa-As many as 16,000 Canadians are dying prematurely every year from air pollution, and global warning is increasing that toll, according to a new environmental study released today.
Monday 12 Oct 1998
Global efforts to protect Ozone Layer get major boost
Nairobi, 8 October 1998 - The efforts to protect the ozone layer received a major boost yesterday when ten donor countries, meeting in Moscow, committed US$ 19 million to assist in the closure of the Russian Federation's production facilities for chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) and halons by the year 2000. The funds, the result of a special initiative from The World Bank, will be used to compensate the producers of these ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and will supplement $US 10 million from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), which has been made available to assist Russia in meeting its obligations under the Montreal Protocol.
Thursday 08 Oct 1998
Korean President welcomes UNEP Cleaner Production Programme
Phoenix Park/Nairobi, 1 October 1998 -"A crisis for mankind is gradually approaching as a result of the destruction of nature under the pretext of improving the quality of life. Environmental conservation is a common mission and responsibility for all. I believe that the Cleaner Production Programme that is being pushed by the United Nations Cleaner Production Programme (UNEP) will be the driving force for the worldwide movement aimed at realizing this mission and fulfilling this responsibility", said H.E. Kim Dae Jung, President of the Republic of Korea at the opening of the UNEP Fifth International High-level Seminar on Cleaner Production, 29 September - 1 October 1998, at Phoenix Park, Republic of Korea.
Wednesday 07 Oct 1998
Alternative technologies for freshwater augmentation
Nairobi, October 1998- As we approach the 21st century, many countries face increasing shortages of freshwater. Even traditionally water-rich countries in Europe and North America are feeling the effects of past abuses of freshwater supplies, while in the water-poor countries of the inter-tropics, critical shortages are developing into incipient or actual crises.
Wednesday 07 Oct 1998
Opening of GRID-Tbilisi on October 8, 1998
8 October 1998 - In the presence of the Georgian Minister of Environment and UNEP's Regional Director for Europe, GRID-Tbilisi will be formally opened on October 8, 1998.
Wednesday 07 Oct 1998
European Car Agreement Illustrates Importance of Cooperation with Industry in Global Warming Efforts
Nairobi, 7 October 1998- Welcoming the agreement between Europe's environment ministers and car makers to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new cars, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer, said the initiative is important proof that good cooperation with industry is essential if governments are to meet the targets for greenhouse gas reduction that they signed up to in Kyoto last year.
Wednesday 07 Oct 1998
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