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Green taxes can help safeguard the environment
Nairobi, 25 March 1999 - Addressing the press here in Nairobi today on the subject of globalisation and its impact on the environment, the UNEP Executive Director, Klaus Toeper, used the occasion to repeat his support for recent efforts on the part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to "put the green agenda at the heart of government."
Friday 26 Mar 1999
WTO proposes a world environment organisation
25 Mar 1999 - The Director General, of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Renato Ruggiero, called for the creation of a World Environment Organization parallel to the World Trade Organization.
Thursday 25 Mar 1999
Energy subsidies distorting trade and harming the environment Stop harmful fishing subsidies WTO focuses on trade in forest products
25 March 1999 - U.S. $300 billion in energy subsidies distorting trade and harming the environment. Claus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said UNEP is ready, willing and able to strengthen collaboration with WTO.
Thursday 25 Mar 1999
Freshwater Biodiversity Report released on World Day for Water, 22 March 1999
Nairobi, 22 March 1999 - World Day for Water celebrates the importance of water - for people not just for drinking and washing, but also as a source of food and biodiversity. In a new report released today, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) identify priority areas where conservation action is needed to retain the diversity of fish, molluscs and crustaceans - key sources of food to people world-wide.
Monday 22 Mar 1999
Asian, Pacific Countries Participate in UNEP Workshop on Managing Persistent Organic Pollutants
Hanoi, Vietnam, 22 March 1999 - Representatives from Asian and Pacific countries participated in a regional workshop here, conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to help countries manage persistent organic pollutants, or POPs.
Monday 22 Mar 1999
International task force to fight wildlife crime in Africa
Nairobi, 17 March 1999 - Six countries have today formally empowered an international Task Force to fight wildlife crime in Africa. They are: Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Referred to by many as "African Interpol" for wildlife and the first of its kind in the world, the Task Force will have its headquarters at the Kenya Wildlife Service in Nairobi.
Thursday 18 Mar 1999
UNFCCC, Secretariat: 84 countries now signed on to Kyoto Protocol
Bonn, 16 March 1999 - One year after the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was officially opened for signature at LIN Headquarters in NY, 84 countries (plus the European Community) have signed the legally binding agreement.
Thursday 18 Mar 1999
World Day for Water, 22 March 1999 Unsafe Water: 3.3 Billion Illnesses and 5.3 Million Deaths Yearly Price Tab for Safe Water: $US50 to $US105 Per Person
Nairobi, 18 March 1999 - Clean, safe water can be brought to the 1.4 billion people around the world without it for as little as $US50 per person, which can prevent many of the 3.35 billion cases of illness and 5.3 million deaths caused each year by unsafe water, says a United Nations analysis.
Thursday 18 Mar 1999
UNEP to participate in meeting on cooperative enforcement operations, 15 to 19 March 1999 Lusaka Agreement in protection of Wild Fauna and Flora
Nairobi, 15 March 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will convene the Second Governing Council Meeting of the Parties to the Lusaka Agreement on Cooperative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora. The meeting will take place from 15 to 19 March 1999 at the Task Force headquarters at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Nairobi.
Monday 15 Mar 1999
Endangered Saharan antelopes to be released in Southern Tunisia
Bonn, 10 March 1999 - A series of unusual loads are travelling through several parts of Europe today. From seven zoos in six European countries lorries are transporting captive-bred Antelopes to Ostende in Belgium. Tomorrow, the antelope - including fourteen Scimitar-horned Oryx and two Slender-horned Gazelles - will be flown in a Boeing 707 to the island of Djerba, Tunisia. From there, the animals will be taken to the Sidi Toui National Park in the desert region of Southern Tunisia.
Thursday 11 Mar 1999
Applying Montreal Protocol technology Transfer Experience to climate change
Workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand 1-3 March 1999 Nairobi, March 1999 - Enterprises and government officials from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as technical and policy experts from seven international organizations actively engaged in facilitating a North-South technology cooperation, participated in a landmark workshop in Bangkok (1-3 March 1999) to discuss lessons learned in technology transfer under the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
Thursday 11 Mar 1999
International Women's Day: 8 March
Message from Executive Director of UNEP and UNCHS (Habitat) Nairobi, 8 March 1999 - In a message on the occasion of International Women's Day, celebrated each year on 8 March, Klaus Toepfer, said, "Violence against women and girls is a major obstacle to social and economic development in the world. Fundamental to ending such violence is to change the perception that women and girls are worth less than men."
Monday 08 Mar 1999
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