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Message from the Secretary General World Environment Day - 2000
5 June 2000 - Our quest for a healthy environment is a never-ending process. It should be an integral part of our way of life. The theme for this year's World Environment Day - 2000 - The Environment Millennium - Time to Act ­is a timely reminder of our role in the ecosystem.
Monday 05 Jun 2000
The Secretary-General
5 June 2000 - We may be at the dawn of a new millennium, but the environmental problems we face are painfully familiar. They may even be getting worse. Despite the Earth Summit, and despite success stories like the Montreal Protocol to protect the Ozone Layer, human beings continue to plunder the global environment. Unsustainable practices remain deeply embedded in the fabric of our daily lives. We are failing to protect resources and ecosystems. We are failing to invest enough in alternative technologies, especially for energy. We are failing even to keep the debate alive. These are deeply troubling trends. I recommend four priorities for reversing them.
Monday 05 Jun 2000
United Nations Environment Award
Nairobi, 1 June 2000 - An aboriginal community in Australia, two journalists from Spain and the United States and a wildlife orphanage in South Africa are among this year's 14 winners of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global 500 Award. The outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment of these individuals and organizations from 12 countries on every continent will be officially recognized on 4 June 2000 at a special award ceremony in Adelaide, Australia. The event, hosted by UNEP and the Government of Australia, is part of the main international World Environment Day celebrations.
Thursday 01 Jun 2000
Ministers set environmental agenda for the 21st century
Malmo, Sweden/Nairobi 1 June 2000 - The first meeting of the Global Ministerial Environment Forum ended here today with the adoption of an action-orientated Malmö Declaration that will help set the environmental agenda for the 21st century.
Wednesday 31 May 2000
Baltic And East African Regional Seas To Sign Twinning Arrangement
Malmo, Sweden/Nairobi, 30 May 2000 - The Helsinki Commission for Baltic Marine Environment Protection and UNEP's Regional Seas Programme for the Eastern African Region will sign a Twinning Arrangement here today during the Global Ministerial Environment Forum.
Monday 29 May 2000
Global Ministerial Environment Forum
Nairobi, May 2000 - From the 29-31 May, the world's environment ministers will meet in Malmo, Sweden for the first Global Ministerial Environment Forum. The meeting is a unique opportunity for the world's environment ministers to bridge information and policy gaps on critical environmental issues through informal discussions with global leaders from academia, business and industry, and civil groups such as the media.
Monday 29 May 2000
Nairobi conference sets global biodiversity agenda
Nairobi, 26 May 2000 - Some 1,500 diplomats and experts from 156 countries are concluding a two-week meeting here today after adopting decisions that will guide international action on biological diversity over the next two years.
Friday 26 May 2000
The Environment Millennium Time To Act
Nairobi, 23 May 2000 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching two new biodiversity books here today during the ongoing talks on the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Tuesday 23 May 2000
Ministers to sign Biosafety Protocol in Nairobi
Nairobi, 23 May 2000 - Up to 50 environment ministers from around the world are expected to arrive today at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme to participate in talks on the Convention on Biological Diversity and to sign the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Tuesday 23 May 2000
Evolving Role Of Government Authorities To Prevent Environmental Crime
Budapest/Nairobi, 18 May 2000 - A regional meeting of Customs Officers and Officers in charge of National Ozone Units of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic, was held from 15 to 17 May 2000 in Budapest. Participating countries were Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia.
Thursday 18 May 2000
GRID-Arendal releases 'Cookbook for State of the Environment Reporting on the Internet' in Russian
Arendal, 7 April 2000 - The 'Cookbook for State of the Environment Reporting on the Internet' was first released in English in 1998 as a part of the State of the Environment (SoE) Reports Sampler CD-ROM featuring 14 national European SoE reports, the Global Environmental Outlook (1997), and the GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Database, and the Baltic Sea Region GIS, Maps, and Statistical Database.
Friday 07 Apr 2000
Prøv Miljøstatus i Norge
31 March 2000 - Reduseres klimautslippene i Norge med gasskraftverk? Hvor ligger Norges siste villmarker? Hvorfor er noen isbjørner tvekjønna? Hvilke bygninger er fredet i din hjemkommune? Fakta om dette og en rekke andre miljøtema finner du på Miljøstatus i Norge (, miljøforvaltningens nye storsatsing på nettet.
Friday 31 Mar 2000
Progress made in negotiating global treaty on persistent organic pollutants; 121 countries participate
Nairobi, 27 March 2000 - The fourth round of negotiations on a global treaty on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) concluded on 25 March 2000, with governments reaffirming eventual elimination as the goal of the Convention and including exemptions for use of DDT in controlling malaria mosquitoes and for existing uses of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), subject to periodic review. Intensive discussions also laid the basis for deciding on technical and financial assistance at the last round of negotiations, to be held from 4-9 December, 2000 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Monday 27 Mar 2000
Second meeting of parties to convention on protection and use of transboundary water courses and international lakes
The Hague/Nairobi, 22 March 2000 - Determined to elaborate rules, criteria and procedures for responsibility and liability in the protection of transboundary watercourses against pollution, the Second Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes will take place from 23 to 25 March 2000 in the Hague.
Wednesday 22 Mar 2000
Vienna convention lauded - fifteen years after signature
Nairobi, 21 March 2000 - Wednesday 22 March, marks the fifteenth anniversary of the adoption of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. With the adoption of that Convention, the foundation was laid for concerted efforts to protect the ozone layer.
Tuesday 21 Mar 2000
Treaty on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Speech by Mr. Klaus Toepfer
Bonn, 20 March 2000 - Statement by Mr. Klaus Toepfer Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme at Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee For a Treaty on Persistent Organic Pollutants (INC-4) Convened by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Tuesday 21 Mar 2000
NATO confirms to the United Nations, use of depleted uranium during the Kosovo conflict
GENEVA, 21 March 2000 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has confirmed to the United Nations that depleted uranium (DU) was used during the Kosovo conflict. But, according to the Joint UNEP/UNCHS Balkans Task Force (BTF) the information provided is not of sufficient detail to facilitate an accurate field assessment of the environmental and human health consequences of its us at the present time.
Tuesday 21 Mar 2000
Environmental Security, Stable Social Order and Culture
New Delhi, 21 February 2000 - Speech by Klaus Toepfer Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, * It is my great pleasure to participate in this symposium on "Environmental Security, Stable Social Order and Culture". I must also take this opportunity to especially welcome one of our distinguished panelists - Madame Shabana Azmi. I know all of you will join me in congratulating her on her winning the prestigious Filmfare Best Actress of the year Award. We must recognize that films like ideas have consequences. They shape the concepts and vocabularies that we use to approach the problems of our time.
Monday 20 Mar 2000
Fourth round of talks begin on global, legally binding treaty on persistent organic pollutants
Bonn/Geneva/Nairobi, 20 March 2000 - Representatives from more than 110 countries convened in Bonn today to participate in the fourth round of negotiations on an international legally binding treaty on persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, being held from 20-25 March 2000.
Monday 20 Mar 2000
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