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Geneva/Nairobi, 14 July 1997 - UNCTAD and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a technical assistance programme for promoting the complementarity of trade, environment and development objectives in developing countries. The MOU was signed in Geneva on Friday 11 July by the Secretary General of UNCTAD, Mr. Rubens Ricupero, and the Executive Director of UNEP, Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

Thursday 26 Jun 1997

 

16 June 1997 - Mr. Chairman, Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen.

The United Nations Environment Programme was established in 1972 to serve as a focal point for environmental action and co-ordination within the United Nations system. Through its various programmes, UNEP addresses assessment, management and policy aspects of global and regional environmental issues. UNEP maintains a keen interest in the Arctic environment and recognises its importance in a global context.

Monday 16 Jun 1997

Nairobi, June 1997 - The Ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol will take place in September 1997, in Montreal, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. In preparation for the meeting, nearly 300 officials and experts convened at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi from 3 to 6 June. There was discussion of further measures that need to be taken to protect the ozone layer and assure its healing.

Thursday 12 Jun 1997

 

12 June 1997 - UNEP's World Environment Day, marked annually on 5 June, was particularly significant this year. In 1997, UNEP is celebrating a number of significant milestones since its creation 25 years ago following the Stockholm Conference. This year the world marks: the 10th anniversary of the historic negotiation of the Montreal Protocol to preserve the ozone layer; 10 years since the ground-breaking Brundtland report on sustainable development; and five years since world leaders gathered in Rio for the Earth Summit. World Environment Day celebrates indeed past environmental achievements but more importantly, it constituted a unique occasion to invite the world to take urgent action for the preservation of life on Earth.

Thursday 12 Jun 1997

Nairobi, June 1997 - The Ad Hoc Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts, a subsidiary body of the Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention on the control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, at its fifth session in May 1997 in Geneva, made substantial progress in drafting a Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. Experts from all parts of the world discussed this complex issue and managed to streamline the previous draft. This was the first time since its establishment that the Working Group managed - even during only four days of meeting - to revisit all articles of a draft Protocol.

Wednesday 11 Jun 1997

5 June 1997 - The theme for this year's observance is "For Life on Earth". It is meant to reaffirm a fundamental truth: that the fate of all species is shared. For if we human beings are to survive, life in all its forms must also survive.

Thursday 05 Jun 1997

Nairobi, 2 June 1997 - "Today, 5 June, we celebrate World Environment Day - a day to bring our focus towards something that cries for attention 365 days a year - that fragile speck of dust in a vast cosmos that we call our home - the Earth.

Wednesday 04 Jun 1997

Nairobi, 29 May 1997 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that it has recognized the extraordinary contributions of 21 individuals and organizations to environmental protection by electing them to the prestigious ranks of its Global 500 Roll of Honour.

Wednesday 04 Jun 1997
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