Press releases

New York, 4 June 2001 - Most United Nations reports focus on country-level analyses of human development. Now, for the first time, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) has released a report focusing exclusively on city-level analyses of a wide range of urban issues. The State of the World's Cities Report 2001 is a first in-depth attempt to monitor, analyze and report on the realities faced by urban populations around the world. The report was produced by UNCHS (Habitat) to coincide with the Istanbul + 5 Special Session of the UN General Assembly, which takes place in New York this week.

Monday 04 Jun 2001

June 5, 2001 - Vi skal alle dele jordens skjøre økosystemer og dyrebare ressurser, og hver og en av oss spiller en rolle for å bevare disse. Hvis vi skal fortsette å leve sammen på denne jord, må vi alle ta ansvar for den.

Tuesday 29 May 2001

London and Gland, Switzerland, 29 May 2001 - Reuters Foundation and IUCN - The World Conservation Union today issued a call for nominations for the 2001 Reuters-IUCN Media Awards.

Tuesday 29 May 2001

Nairobi, 29 May 2001 - A husband and wife team from Malaysia who have rescued over a quarter of a million turtle eggs, a Kenyan children's doctor who has almost singlehandedly transformed an old quarry into a much loved nature reserve, an American company specialising in eco-tourism and a Canadian teenager who began battling against pesticide misuse at the age of 10 are among this year's winners of the prestigious Global 500 Award.

Tuesday 29 May 2001

Copenhagen, 29 May 2001 - Public policy needs to become more effective in influencing the growing scale and evolving patterns of production and consumption if Europe is to achieve its environmental and sustainable development goals.

Tuesday 29 May 2001

Nairobi, 22 May 2001 - Starting today, about fifty organizations from the non-governmental sector, civil society and the private sector are meeting here in Nairobi under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for discussions focusing on international environmental governance and the role of civil society as they relate to UNEP's work. The meeting will continue until 25 May 2001.

Tuesday 22 May 2001

Montreal/Nairobi, 22 May 2001 - The world's rich and irreplaceable biological heritage is under attack on many fronts, from land clearance, over-hunting and over-harvesting, pollution - and the spread of invasive alien species.

Tuesday 22 May 2001

Nairobi/Washington, 18 May 2001 - Around 90 per cent of the Mesopotamian marshlands, known since time immemorial as the fertile crescent, have been lost mainly as a result of drainage and damming.

Friday 18 May 2001

Nairobi/Washington, DC, 18 May 2001 - The World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed an agreement that will strengthen their collaboration on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which was finalized last December and will be signed and adopted on 22 - 23 May of this year.

Friday 18 May 2001

London, May 2001 - While governments continue to negotiate details of the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a global energy organisation has already recorded projects which will help remove the equivalent of over one billion tonnes (109)of carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions per year between 2000 and 2005.

Thursday 17 May 2001

Nairobi/Geneva 9 May 2001 - An historic chemicals convention, which many scientists expect will deliver a healthier world for people and wildlife from the polar regions to sub Saharan Africa and Latin America, is set to be signed this month in Stockholm by more than 100 countries.

Wednesday 09 May 2001

Gland, Switzerland, May 2001 - The crazy ant, the brown tree snake, the small Indian mongoose, the Nile perch, strawberry guava, the water hyacinth, the zebra mussel and the brushtail possum are all wonderful species in their own habitats. But like an unwanted guest they can be a pest when they invade ecosystems to which they are alien. In fact these species have inflicted enormous environmental and economic damage throughout the world when they invaded places to which they were not native.

Saturday 05 May 2001

5 May 2001 - The term "sustainability" continues to grow more common in our vocabulary. What accounts for this development? What does sustainability mean? Why is it so essential to us all?

Saturday 05 May 2001

Geneva/Nairobi, 4 May 2001 - Boycotts by airline companies of shipments containing legally traded wild animals strike against the interests of the animals themselves and of poor people in developing countries, Willem Wijnstekers, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) said today. In addition, they do nothing to promote conservation and are thus counter-productive.

Friday 04 May 2001

Geneva/Nairobi, 27 April 2001 - Everyone has the right to live in a world free from toxic pollution and environmental degradation, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights has concluded.

Friday 27 Apr 2001

21 April, New York - Mr. Jan Pronk, Chairman of the international negotiations on climate change, has invited some 40 ministers and senior officials to attend informal talks in New York on Saturday, 21 April 2001. The meeting will take stock of the political situation since the suspension of negotiations in The Hague last November and seek to advance preparations for the resumed sixth session of the Conference of the Parties, which will be held in Bonn during the period 16 - 27 July. The 21 April meeting is closed to the press.

Saturday 21 Apr 2001

18 Apr 2001 - On 23-25 April, the United Nations University (UNU) will participate in a "Workshop on Virtual University for Environmental Sustainability" co-organized with UNEP/GRID Arendal in Norway.

Wednesday 18 Apr 2001

Nairobi/Bonn, 14 April 2001 - Limits on the numbers of dolphins and porpoises accidentally killed in fishing nets are urgently needed if healthy populations are to be restored to the North Sea. The recommendation is being made by members of an international conservation treaty backed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Saturday 14 Apr 2001

Kuala Lumpur. April 10 - The people are familiar with the futuristic doomsday landscape of cities choked with garbage, rivers of waste and citizens struggling to survive in makeshift shelters. The reality is that this
future has already been played out, in countless cities throughout the world, particularly in the developing countries where population growth continues.

Tuesday 10 Apr 2001

05 Apr 2001 - Miljøstatus i Norge ble som den eneste offentlige nettjenesten nominert til "Årets nettside 2000". Norsk kommunikasjonsforening ga Miljøstatus hederlig omtale for god kommunikasjon og tjenesteyting overfor sine målgrupper.

Thursday 05 Apr 2001
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