Press releases

Saint Petersburg, Russia -- A large-scale public-private partnership
(PPP) programme in Russia has huge potential to burden public budgets, according to independent British transport commentator and journalist Christian Wolmar speaking at a press conference in Saint Petersburg this week organised by the non-governmental organisations Save Yuntolovo and CEE Bankwatch Network.

Tuesday 08 Sep 2009

Geneva/Nairobi, 4 September 2009 - Faster action on climate change may be possible if nations combine substantial cuts of carbon dioxide emissions alongside accelerated moves across a suite of other greenhouse gases and pollutants.

Friday 04 Sep 2009

Berlin, 2 September 2009 - Investing in restoration and maintenance of the Earth’s multi-trillion dollar ecosystems - from forests and mangroves to wetlands and river basins - can have a key role in countering climate change and climate-proofing vulnerable economies.

Wednesday 02 Sep 2009

Nairobi, 28 August – The United Nations is calling for millions of online signatures for a climate petition and is launching the first-ever Global Climate Week as part of its Seal the Deal! campaign, 100 days ahead of a crucial UN climate change summit in Copenhagen (COP 15) in December.

Friday 28 Aug 2009

Nairobi, 14 August 2009 – A nine-year-old girl from Siberia, Russia, has won this year’s Global Painting Competition on the Environment, beating more than two million entries from around the world with her striking depiction of two planets.

Friday 14 Aug 2009

Nairobi, 22 June 2009—A scientific paper, highlighting the need to accelerate action over a group of gases known as Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) as part of the climate change agenda, was today welcomed by the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Monday 22 Jun 2009

Washington DC/Nairobi, 8 June 2009 – From discarded fishing gear to plastic bags to cigarette butts, a growing tide of marine litter is harming oceans and beaches worldwide, says a new report.

Monday 08 Jun 2009

Arendal/Mexico City/ Nairobi, 5 June 2009 – Boosting investments in the conservation, rehabilitation and management of the Earth’s forests, peatlands, soils and other key ecosystems could deliver significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and avoid even more being released to the atmosphere, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says.

Friday 05 Jun 2009

Cambridge, UK – The 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (2010 BIP) is a global initiative, funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) that brings together over 40 international organizations to develop biodiversity indicators and assess biodiversity loss. The 2010 BIP Secretariat, hosted by the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, will launch a new version of its website on the International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May 2009.

Tuesday 26 May 2009

Kigali, 21 May 2009 – Putting the environment at the centre of Africa’s economic future must be a priority for the Continent, the President of the Republic of Rwanda urged today at an historic meeting of finance and environment ministers.

Thursday 21 May 2009

May 13th 2009 is the date for one of the major milestones in defining the new world ocean political map. It was until yesterday that most of the states signatories of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) had time to submit their dossiers with information on the limits of the continental shelf, the outermost maritime zone in which coastal states have sovereign rights over the seabed and its precious resources (i.e. oil, gas and mineral deposits) and its environmental richness (i.e. unique ecosystems and biodiversity).

Thursday 14 May 2009

NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 14 May 2009 -- Delivering food security to an additional 1 billion people in Africa will become ever more challenging over the next four decades unless more intelligent management of natural resources and emerging opportunities are brought to bear.

Thursday 14 May 2009

GENEVA, 13 May – The World Health Organisation says the growing dangers posed by chemical use in developing countries are putting worsening strain on health professionals.

Wednesday 13 May 2009

Brussels, 7 May 2009 – A Brazilian scientific support centre and leading Swiss laboratory are among the winners of the inaugural Green Star Awards announced in Brussels today.

Thursday 07 May 2009

Geneva, Switzerland, 4 May 2009 – Ministers and officials from 150 governments are meeting this week to advance global efforts to rid the world of some of the most hazardous chemicals produced by humankind.

Thursday 30 Apr 2009

Geneva, 27 April 2009 - A state-of-the art monitoring and assessment system is to be deployed for the Black Sea, it was announced today.

Monday 27 Apr 2009

Paris/Nairobi, 23 April 2009 - Sealing a comprehensive climate deal in 2009 will be crucial for the future health of business and societies across the world, a gathering of senior business leaders said today at the close of the Business for the Environment (B4E) summit in Paris.

Thursday 23 Apr 2009

Gaza Strip/Nairobi 21 April, 2009--The United Nations Environment head today visited the Gaza Strip in advance of an international mission to assess the impact of the recent conflict on the environmental infrastructure of the region.

Tuesday 21 Apr 2009

Gaza Strip/Nairobi 21 April, 2009--The United Nations Environment head today visited the Gaza Strip in advance of an international mission to assess the impact of the recent conflict on the environmental infrastructure of the region.

Tuesday 21 Apr 2009

Paris, 15 April 2009 – More than 700 leaders from business, civil society, international organizations and government are set to meet at the Business for the Environment Global Summit in Paris on 22-23 April to discuss ways of powering green growth around the globe.

Friday 17 Apr 2009
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