Press releases

Nagoya and Arendal, 27 October 2010 – The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid environmental changes on the planet. Whilst this presents enormous challenges for conserving biodiversity, it also offers opportunities for enhancing cooperation between nations and reforming environmental governance to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Wednesday 27 Oct 2010

Nagoya, 22 October 2010 --The vital importance of inland fisheries to the diet, incomes and livelihoods of people in developing economies is brought into sharp focus in a new report launched today.

Friday 22 Oct 2010

The images and stories are compelling. High school students in four Arctic communities have photographed and written about the changes they are seeing in their regions due to rapid climate change. And now they’ll be seen by people in the hometown of U.S. President Barak Obama.

Tuesday 05 Oct 2010

Sydney, Australia – Millions across the globe will be cleaning up their local parks, waterways and forests in a bid to restore and protect nature this Clean Up the World Weekend, in support of the United Nations 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Wednesday 15 Sep 2010

Nairobi, 1 September 2010 - Nominations are now officially open for the 2011 Champions of the Earth – the United’ flagship environmental award.

Wednesday 01 Sep 2010

Nairobi, 30 August 2010 - Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has donated a $70,000 international leadership prize to relief efforts in Pakistan following the devastating and on-going floods, it was announced today.

Monday 30 Aug 2010

Nairobi, 12 August 2010 - It was a simple game of building blocks that inspired Coco Tin Chi Ting’s world-beating painting. Today, on the United Nations International Youth Day, the 14-year-old from Hong Kong, China was announced the global winner of the 19th UNEP International Children’s Painting Competition, beating off stiff competition from hundreds of thousands of other children from across the world to take the prize.

Thursday 12 Aug 2010

Arendal (Norway), 12 August 2010 - Greenland hit the headlines this week after a vast block of ice broke off from the country's Petermann Glacier. The 600-foot thick iceberg is around four times the size of Manhattan. Researchers monitoring the Greenland ice sheet have said it represents the largest single shedding of Greenland's ice sheet in fifty years.

Thursday 12 Aug 2010

The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report will be launched at the largest ever gathering of polar scientists in Oslo, at the International Polar Year Science Conference.

Wednesday 09 Jun 2010

Members of GRID’s Polar Programme are attending the International Polar Year 2007-2008 Oslo Science Conference, taking place from the 8th to the 12th June. The IPY Oslo Science Conference is to demonstrate, strengthen, and extend IPY’s remarkable accomplishments in science and outreach – and is the largest ever gathering of polar scientists to take place, with over 2000 participants.

Wednesday 09 Jun 2010

3 June 2010 — Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems—from forests and freshwaters to mangroves and wetlands—can trigger multi-million dollar returns, generate jobs and combat poverty according to a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Thursday 03 Jun 2010

UNEP Launches Preview of Landmark Green Economy Report: Other Sectors Include Water and Transport

Friday 14 May 2010

New York, 13 May 2010 — Moving the global economy towards environmentally-friendly, clean technologies will increasingly hinge on rapid improvements in the recycling rates of so called ‘high-tech’ specialty metals like lithium, neodymium and gallium.

Thursday 13 May 2010

Montreal (Canada), 10 May 2010 – Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth.

Monday 10 May 2010

Seoul (Republic of Korea), 22 April 2010 – The 2010 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations’ highest awards for environmental leadership, were announced today.

Thursday 22 Apr 2010

Doha, 24 March 2010 – Gorillas may have largely disappeared from large parts of the Greater Congo Basin by the mid 2020s unless urgent action is taken to safeguard habitats and counter poaching, says the United Nations and INTERPOL—the world’s largest international police organization.

Wednesday 24 Mar 2010

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 23 March 2010 – The world’s cities now have a common method for calculating the amount of greenhouse gases produced within their boundaries. UNEP, UN-HABITAT, and the World Bank jointly launched a Global Greenhouse Gas Standard for cities at the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro today.

Tuesday 23 Mar 2010

22 March 2010 Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro -Transforming wastewater from a major health and environmental hazard into a clean, safe and economically-attractive resource is emerging as a key challenge in the 21st century.

Monday 22 Mar 2010

Geneva (Switzerland)/Nairobi (Kenya), 13 March 2010 –John Scanlon, a top advisor at the United Nations Environment Programme, has been named as the new Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Mr. Scanlon was selected after a global search and selection process yielding close to 200 applicants and will assume his new position in May 2010.

Monday 15 Mar 2010

Parma (Italy), 12 March 2010 – The UNEP Stockholm Convention Secretariat has announced a major international study into the influence of climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on human health and the environment.

Friday 12 Mar 2010
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