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La Nina is Upon Us
Nairobi, 25 September 1998- According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) the killer hurricane that has devastated large areas of the Caribbean and is now heading for Florida could be linked to the weather phenomenon known as La Nina - a "cold event" which occurs as a result of the direct reversal of conditions that lead to the more widely know El-Nino.
Friday 25 Sep 1998
UNEP and Habitat receive Turner Foundation Grants
Nairobi, 24 September 1998- At a press conference here today, the Executive Director of UNEP and UNCHS (Habitat), Klaus Toepfer, announced that two new grants totaling almost $US 3 million from the United Nations Foundation, Inc., the public charity established by Ted Turner, Co-Chairman of Time Warner Inc., have been awarded to the Nairobi-based environment and human settlement agencies.
Thursday 24 Sep 1998
UNCHS (Habitat) Backgrounder - Topic: Safer Cities Programme
23 September 1998 - Urbanization often goes hand in hand with a rise in urban violence and crime. Throughout developing countries, petty and violent crime has increased. This situation has generated a feeling of insecurity, stigmatized some poor neighbourhoods and produced a "state of war" in some slums and squatter areas. This is why urban poor in many big cities demand safety first.
Wednesday 23 Sep 1998
World Habitat Day 1998, Safer cities
23 September, 1998 - UNCHS (Habitat) is the lead United Nations agency for World Habitat Day, which takes place on the first Monday of October every year. Governments, community organizations and individuals around the world will mark World Habitat Day 1998 on Monday, 5 October with a variety of national and community level events focusing on this year's theme, "Safer Cities".
Wednesday 23 Sep 1998
World Habitat Day 1998 - Safer cities. Backgrounder 2
23, September 1998 - World Habitat Day 1998 will be celebrated internationally on Monday, October 5. This year's theme is "Safer Cities". UNCHS (Habitat) invites print and broadcast journalists to work with us to sensitize citizens all over the world to the importance of making our cities safer. Below are some examples of what can be done to help mark the celebrations.
Wednesday 23 Sep 1998
Signing of agreement between CCRS and GRID-Arendal for Ottawa
Ottawa, September 16, 1998-Canada Centre for Remote Sensing Director-General Edryd Shaw and GRID-Arendal, Managing Director Svein Tveitdal sign a project agreement to collaborate on the development of an operational GRID node in Canada.
Monday 21 Sep 1998
First Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting Iqaluit, 17-18 September 1998
21 September 1998- Statement by UNEP Chairman, Ministers, Permanent Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Monday 21 Sep 1998
UNEP's Fourth International Roundtable Meeting on Finance and the Environment Cambridge, 17 to 18 September, 1998
Cambridge, UK/Nairobi, 16 September 1998- The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr. Klaus Toepfer and the Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher, MP and Minister of Environment, United Kingdom, will be among the keynote speakers who will address some 200 representatives of leading financial institutions from around the world. The meeting is taking place in Cambridge from 17 to 18 September to discuss major environmental challenges of concern to the financial sector.
Friday 18 Sep 1998
UNEP executive director welcomes UNCTAD'S 1998 trade and development report
Nairobi, September 1998- The 1998 Trade and Development Report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), launched on 16 September, pays particular attention to the financial crisis in East Asia and its global ramifications. The report also focuses on the economic situation and prospects for future growth in the African continent.
Friday 18 Sep 1998
Message by the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme on the occasion of the international day for the preservation of the ozone layer, 1998
Nairobi, 16 September -For the last three years, we have set aside this time each year to reflect on the state of health of the ozone layer and raise global awareness on the importance of its preservation. The thin film of stratospheric ozone layer that shields the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation has enabled life on earth to evolve and survive. Without this protective shield, we would be more susceptible to skin cancer, cataracts and impaired immune systems. On this day, we also commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
Friday 18 Sep 1998
Baltic States Authorities and NGOs Learn to Weave a Green Baltic Web
16 September 1998 - As a part of the Baltic region BALLERINA initiative(, a group of 13 participants from the three Baltic States is currently learning how to put environmental and sustainable development information on the web. In the period 10 - 18.
Wednesday 16 Sep 1998
New hazardous chemicals treaty gives major boost to global environmental protection, says UN Environment Programme
Rotterdam/Nairobi 10 September 1998- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) applauded today the international consensus on the need for a legally binding treaty to promote chemicals safety by preventing unwanted trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides.
Friday 11 Sep 1998
UNEP video news release highlights illegal trade in CFCs
Nairobi, 11 September 1998- A video news release issued today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights the international concern that the current illegal trade in ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) will reduce the speed of transition to ozone-safe alternatives and delay the recovery of the ozone layer. It also details the steps being taken to curb the trade.
Friday 11 Sep 1998
Protecting the soil - ensuring food security for tomorrow
Bonn/Nairobi, 11 September 1998- The issue of global food security will be the defining issue for the next millennium. According to the World Bank, 740 million people, that is one person out of eight, cannot afford enough food to carry on productive working lives and 340 million experience ill health or growth disorders because they lack sufficient food. Global food production has to increase by over 75 per cent in the next 25 years if we are to improve global food security. There is a paucity of new arable land and most of this growth has to come from intensive farming.
Friday 11 Sep 1998
Discovering childrens views on the environment through global painting contest
Nairobi, September 1998- The annual international contest of children's paintings on the environment has been launched by its organizers, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Japan.
Friday 11 Sep 1998
New treaty to reduce risks from hazardous chemicals and pesticides
Geneva/Rome/Nairobi, 1 September 1998- A new international convention on hazardous chemicals and pesticides will be adopted and signed by Ministers and senior officials from countries all over the world meeting in Rotterdam from 10-11 September.
Wednesday 09 Sep 1998
Solving the water-related problems of the 21st century
Nairobi/Kalmar, Sweden, September 9, 1998- A global overview of the environmental status of the world's international waters will move a step closer to reality this Friday with the inauguration of the Marine Biological Center in Kalmar, Sweden, the future home of the coordination office of the Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA).
Wednesday 09 Sep 1998
Developing countries to take centre stage in the battle to save the ozone layer
Nairobi/Geneva, 7 September 1998- The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the international environmental agreement that "Ozone Day" on 16 September commemorates, is working - a cause for some celebration.According to Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Protocol is a shining example of how a legal convention can help solve an environmental problem.
Monday 07 Sep 1998
UNEP to co-ordinate project on financing environmentally friendly technology in five developing countries
Oslo/Nairobi, 3 September 1998- Recognizing the importance of financing cleaner and safer production investments in developing countries towards achieving sustainable development, the Government of Norway is supporting a three-year project in five countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Viet Nam.
Thursday 03 Sep 1998
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