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Nairobi/Bonn, 2 November, 1999 - Government experts from the 100 member states of the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) are meeting in Cape Town, South Africa from 6 - 16 November to consider tougher international protection for a number of migratory birds, dolphins, antelopes and sturgeons.

Tuesday 02 Nov 1999

Bonn, 2 November 1999 - The grinding poverty of billions of the world's people, combined with the extremely high consumption levels of millions living in industrialized countries, are the two major causes of climate change and other environmental degradation, Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said here today.

Tuesday 02 Nov 1999

26 Oct 1999 - South Africa's available freshwater resources are already almost fully utilised and under stress. At present many water resources are polluted by industrial effluents, domestic and commercial sewage, acid mine drainage, agricultural runoff and litter. Water will increasingly become a limiting resource and the supply will become a major restriction to the future socio-economic development.

Tuesday 26 Oct 1999

Nairobi, 14 October 1999 - "The birth of a baby in Sarajevo this week signalled a symbolically critical moment in human history. With the birth of this child, the world population touched the six billion mark.

Saturday 16 Oct 1999

Nairobi, 15 October 1999 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Kjell Larsson, the Swedish Minister for Environment, yesterday inaugurated the Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) project in Kalmar, Sweden.

Friday 15 Oct 1999

Nairobi/Stockholm, 14 September, 1999 - In its report released today, the Joint UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF) concludes that the Kosovo conflict did not cause an environmental catastrophe affecting the Balkans region as a whole, but that pollution detected at four environmental "hot spots" (Pancevo, Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Bor), is serious and poses a threat to human health. At these sites, all in Serbia, immediate clean-up action, which should be seen as a part of humanitarian assistance to the region, is called for.

Thursday 14 Oct 1999

Nairobi/Oslo/Stockholm, 14 September, 1999 - I rapporten "The Kosovo Conflict - Consequences for the Environment and Human Settlements," som frigjøres i dag, bekrefter UNEP Balkans Task Force (BTF) at krigen i Kosovo har hatt negative følger for miljøet i Jugoslavia. Alvorlig og helsetruende forurensning er konsentrert på fire steder i Serbia (Pancevo, Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Bor).

Thursday 14 Oct 1999

Nairobi, 12 October 1999 - "As the world celebrates the birth of the 6 billionth baby in Sarajevo, it is important to remember that this baby shares his birthday with thousands of other children many of whom were born at the same time in a slum or squatter settlement to families without adequate shelter or basic services," said Mr. Klaus Toepfer in his opening speech today at the Third Meeting of the International Forum on Urban Poverty, (IFUP) in Nairobi.

Tuesday 12 Oct 1999

New York/Nairobi, 28 September 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union are pleased to launch today, on the occasion of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), a series of reports on the environmental conditions in three major SIDS regions of the world -- namely the Caribbean, the Western Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. These publications are companion volumes to UNEP's recently released Global Environment Outlook 2000 (GEO-2000).

Tuesday 28 Sep 1999

Nairobi, 16 September 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today called on Governments, industries and citizens alike for a total commitment to ozone-friendly practices in order to ensure restoration of the ozone layer by the year 2050.

Wednesday 15 Sep 1999

Nairobi, 15 September 1999 - I dag lanserer FNs miljøprogram (UNEP) "Global Environment Outlook" 2000 (GEO-2000) - Rapporten om miljøkrisen vi står foran i det kommende årtusen. GEO-2000 er den faglig sett mest ansette miljøtilstandsrapport for verden som noen gang er laget.

Wednesday 15 Sep 1999

Nairobi, 15 September 1999 - Today, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launches Global Environment Outlook 2000 (GEO-2000) - the most authoritative assessment ever of the environmental crisis facing humanity in the new millennium.

Wednesday 15 Sep 1999

Nairobi/Geneva, 13 September 1999 - In the third round of talks on a global treaty, held from 6-11 September 1999 in Geneva, negotiators reached agreement on proposals favouring the elimination of the 10 intentionally produced persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the mandate for a treaty from the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). At the same time, the negotiators recognized the public health need for an exemption for DDT, used in controlling vector-borne diseases, such as malaria.

Monday 13 Sep 1999

Belgrade/Nairobi, 13 September 1999 - As the last team of environmental experts from the joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF) finished their field-work here today, BTF Chairman, Pekka Haavisto, played down concerns of an ecological catastrophe, but said action was needed to deal with the environment "hot-spots" identified by the BTF's scientific assessment of the environmental and human settlement impact of the Balkans conflict.

Monday 13 Sep 1999

Geneva/Nairobi, 7 September 1999 - In a further effort to combat the recurring forest-fire/smog problem in South-East Asia, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the secretariat of ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations, is helping to establish a legally binding agreement on transboundary haze pollution in the region. The ASEAN Agreement on Haze Pollution will be the first international treaty addressing transboundary air pollution outside of Europe.

Wednesday 08 Sep 1999

Nairobi, 7 September 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Foundation for Global Peace and the Environment, Japan, have jointly organized the ninth international painting contest which runs from now until 31 December 1999. The contest is open to children between the ages of 6 and 15 years. Entries are expected from all regions of the world.

Wednesday 08 Sep 1999

Geneva/Nairobi, 6 September 1999 - Delegates from 87 countries meeting here last week made further progress on elaborating a Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.

Monday 06 Sep 1999

Geneva/Nairobi, 6 September 1999 - The last team of international scientists from the joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF) leaves for Serbia and Montenegro tomorrow. This, the final BTF expert field mission to the region, is one part of on an independent scientific and technical assessment of the environmental and human settlements impact of the Balkans conflict.

Monday 06 Sep 1999

Nairobi, August 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new policy publication, Towards Methyl Bromide Phase Out: A Handbook for National Ozone Units to assist developing countries in phasing out the toxic, ozone-depleting pesticide methyl bromide.

Wednesday 01 Sep 1999

Nairobi, 26 August 1999 - Informal consultations - aimed at resuming the Extraordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to adopt a Protocol on Biosafety - are due to be held from 15 to 19 September 1999 in Vienna.

Wednesday 01 Sep 1999
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