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Launch of State of the Environment Reporting in South Africa
26 Oct 1999 - South Africa's available freshwater resources are already almost fully utilised and under stress. At present many water resources are polluted by industrial effluents, domestic and commercial sewage, acid mine drainage, agricultural runoff and litter. Water will increasingly become a limiting resource and the supply will become a major restriction to the future socio-economic development.
Tuesday 26 Oct 1999
"World population growth is one of the most important ecological problems facing the planet today"
Nairobi, 14 October 1999 - "The birth of a baby in Sarajevo this week signalled a symbolically critical moment in human history. With the birth of this child, the world population touched the six billion mark.
Saturday 16 Oct 1999
Vital global water project inaugurated by Klaus Toepfer and Kjell Larson in Kalmar, Sweden
Nairobi, 15 October 1999 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Kjell Larsson, the Swedish Minister for Environment, yesterday inaugurated the Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) project in Kalmar, Sweden.
Friday 15 Oct 1999
Environmental Damages Caused by the Balkans War Confirmed by UN
Nairobi/Stockholm, 14 September, 1999 - In its report released today, the Joint UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF) concludes that the Kosovo conflict did not cause an environmental catastrophe affecting the Balkans region as a whole, but that pollution detected at four environmental "hot spots" (Pancevo, Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Bor), is serious and poses a threat to human health. At these sites, all in Serbia, immediate clean-up action, which should be seen as a part of humanitarian assistance to the region, is called for.
Thursday 14 Oct 1999
Miljøskader etter krigen på Balkan bekreftes av FN
Nairobi/Oslo/Stockholm, 14 September, 1999 - I rapporten "The Kosovo Conflict - Consequences for the Environment and Human Settlements," som frigjøres i dag, bekrefter UNEP Balkans Task Force (BTF) at krigen i Kosovo har hatt negative følger for miljøet i Jugoslavia. Alvorlig og helsetruende forurensning er konsentrert på fire steder i Serbia (Pancevo, Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Bor).
Thursday 14 Oct 1999
As the world's population reaches 6 billion 3 billion will live in towns and cities
Nairobi, 12 October 1999 - "As the world celebrates the birth of the 6 billionth baby in Sarajevo, it is important to remember that this baby shares his birthday with thousands of other children many of whom were born at the same time in a slum or squatter settlement to families without adequate shelter or basic services," said Mr. Klaus Toepfer in his opening speech today at the Third Meeting of the International Forum on Urban Poverty, (IFUP) in Nairobi.
Tuesday 12 Oct 1999
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