Press releases

Istanbul (Turkey), 9 May 2011– With their low-carbon profile, rich natural assets and promising policy initiatives, the world’s 48 least developed countries are well-positioned to jump start the transition to a green economy, according to a new UN report released today at the start of the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV).     

Monday 09 May 2011

Cape Town/Nairobi, 21 March 2010. Rapid urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa’s landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report on major cities in Africa released today in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of World Water Day 2011.

Monday 21 Mar 2011

2011 Sasakawa Prize winners bring Forest Management and Sustainable Development to Rural Communities in Latin America and Asia.
Nairobi (Kenya), 23 February 2011 - Two projects conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia are the laureates of the 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

Thursday 24 Feb 2011

Nairobi, 23 February 2011—A wide-ranging new partnership aimed at furthering sustainable development in the 21st century was announced today by the European Union’s (EU) Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik and UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. 

Wednesday 23 Feb 2011

Nairobi/World, 21 February 2011—Investing two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched today says.

Monday 21 Feb 2011

Nairobi, 21 February 2011 – A Ugandan radio journalist has won a prestigious new journalism award from the United Nations Enviornment Programme (UNEP), outclassing entries from over 100 correspondents from across the African continent. Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe won the UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award for her report ‘Climate Change and Uganda’, broadcast on Radio France International. Jury members described the entry as “original, cutting edge environmental reporting”.  

Monday 21 Feb 2011

Nairobi, 17 February 2011. Massive amounts of phosphorus—a valuable fertilizer needed to feed a growing global population—are being lost to the oceans as result of inefficiencies in farming and a failure to recycle wastewater. 

Thursday 17 Feb 2011

Geneva/New York/Nairobi, 7 January 2011 - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a report calling on Nigerian authorities to prevent further lead poisoning in northern Nigeria. The report recommends taking greater measures to limit ore processing activities at sensitive sites, such as water sources from which humans and livestock drink.

Friday 07 Jan 2011

Clean Energy, Tourism and Sustainable Agriculture Among Opportunities Under New Côte Sud Initiative

Wednesday 05 Jan 2011
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