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Habitat and UNEP Welcome the Weekend Car Ban in Italy
Nairobi, 8 February 2000 - Mr. Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of UNEP and Ag. Executive Director of Habitat, welcomed the banning of private cars in the city centre of Rome and in over 150 towns and cities across Italy. In Rome the car ban will last for 10 hours on Sundays during which time public transport, and entry into museums and archaeological sites will be free. Other cities are all set to make their own rules. The ban is a pilot project by the city authorities in Italy to reduce the amount of air pollution from cars.
Tuesday 08 Feb 2000
Investing in a sustainable future
Paris/Nairobi, January 2000 - Leveraging investments that favour environmental protection and sustainable development was the focus of a meeting involving over 40 representatives from the finance sector, industry, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations. The meeting, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),was held in Paris on 24 and 25 January 2000 and builds upon numerous UNEP activities in the field of finance and environment, particularly the Financial Services Initiatives.
Monday 31 Jan 2000
Natural and Human Made Disasters
Nairobi, 20 January, 2000 - According to scientists at the Hurricane Research Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in the United States, hurricanes are set to grow fiercer. As reported in the BBC, this could mean that, for example, a ten per cent increase in the strength of the strongest hurricanes could mean doubling the damage.
Monday 31 Jan 2000
Global treaty adopted on genetically modified organisms
Nairobi/Montral, 31 January 2000 - After five years of talks, ministers and senior officials from over 130 governments have finalized a legally binding agreement for protecting the environment from risks posed by the transboundary transport of living modified organisms (LMOs) created by modern biotechnology.
Monday 31 Jan 2000
UNEP chemicals begins design of GEF study of persistent toxic chemicals in selected countries
Geneva/Nairobi, 26 January 2000 - Assessing national needs for managing persistent toxic substances in representative countries around the world is the focus of a project being undertaken by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chemicals Unit in Geneva. The project is based on funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Wednesday 26 Jan 2000
Call for nominations: APFEJ international Green Pen Awards
25 Jan 2000 - The APFEJ International Green Pen Award is presented each year at the APFEJ annual congress for journalists who have made a significant contribution in promoting environmental journalism.
Tuesday 25 Jan 2000
Tour operators take another step towards sustainable tourism
Paris/Nairobi, January 2000 ­ - Tour Operators from around the world took another step towards sustainable tourism today when they met with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to finalize the Tour Operators Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development. The Initiative will be launched in Berlin on 12 March 2000, during the International Tourism Bourse (ITB).
Wednesday 19 Jan 2000
India and Japan consider urgent action to protect the tiger
Nairobi/Geneva, 17 January 2000 ­ - A team of senior UN officials representing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will visit India and Japan this month in an effort to promote immediate action to reverse the alarming decline in wild tiger populations.
Monday 17 Jan 2000
Arendal har fått sin første Fyrtårnsbedrift
Arendal, Januar 2000 ­ - Inger Nilsen ved I'en Frisør fikk utdelt prisen av Arendals ordfører 16 desember 1999 under en høytidelighet i GRID-Arendals lokaler.
Monday 17 Jan 2000
Governments meet to conclude biosafety treaty
Montreal/Nairobi, 4 January 2000 - The worlds governments are resuming talks here from 24 - 28 January in an effort to finalize and adopt a legally-binding agreement on reducing any potential risks resulting from the transboundary movement of living modified organisms (LMOs). Ministers are expected to participate during the final two days.
Friday 14 Jan 2000
Oil spills, floods and storms: Environmental risks once again shake the insurance industry
Paris/Nairobi, 14 January 2000 - Recent events - catastrophic floods in Venezuela, the damaging oil spill off the French Atlantic coast and the storms that ravaged large parts of Europe - will cause major economic impacts for an insurance industry already burdened with a 14 fold increase in insured losses in the last four decades. The economic losses from the past 24 climate or weather- related catastrophes alone have exceeded US$150 billion of which US$65 billion was insured, according to insurance industry data.
Friday 14 Jan 2000
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