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Commission expected to launch HABITAT as the United Nations city agency
30 Apr 1999 - The seventeenth session of the Commission on Human Settlements is expected to launch the United Nations Centre on Human Settlements (Habitat) as the UN City Agency. Klaus Toepfer, the Acting Executive Director of Habitat, said that this session of the Commission, scheduled to take place from 5 to 14 May 1999, was therefore significant in that it represented a new beginning for the organisation.
Friday 30 Apr 1999
Effective urban management is the key to sustainable development, says head of HABITAT, the UN city agency
Singapore, 20 April 1999 - Klaus Toepfer, the Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), told a Conference in Singapore that sustainable development in today's urbanizing world was increasingly dependent on the effective management of urban areas. Mr Toepfer was addressing the World Conference on Model Cities, where best practices in urban development from around the world are currently being showcased.
Thursday 29 Apr 1999
UNEP announces new Scientific Director to lead Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA)
Nairobi/New York, 27 April 1999 - Professor Per Wramner of Sweden has been named the Scientific Director of the US $13.2 million Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) project, Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), announced today. "The appointment of Professor Wramner, with his extensive scientific and management experience", Toepfer said, "will be vital in providing the leadership for this world-wide assessment of the ecological status of transboundary freshwater basins and associated coastal and ocean systems."
Tuesday 27 Apr 1999
A centre for world biodiversity information and assessment
New York, 22 April 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Government of the United Kingdom share a commitment to conservation of the environment and the sustainable use of environmental resources. There is, they believe, a need for an integrated Centre which can bring together and evaluate information on biodiversity and biological resources worldwide, and enhance capacities to handle such information at global, regional and national levels, with particular reference to the needs of developing countries and international conventions.
Monday 26 Apr 1999
Environment Leaders to sign UNEP International Declaration on Cleaner Production at UN meeting on sustainable development
New York/Nairobi, 22 April 1999 - Ministers of the environment and other global environment leaders are set to sign the UNEP International Declaration on Cleaner Production at a special luncheon in New York on Friday, 23 April, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The event will take place during the ongoing session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
Monday 26 Apr 1999
UNEP executive director's message for Earth Day
New York/Nairobi, 22 April 1999 - The following is the text of a message from Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), for use in connection with Earth Day, 22 April:
Friday 23 Apr 1999
Basel Convention talks conclude after making good progress
Geneva/Nairobi, 23 April 1999 - A two-week series of three preparatory meetings on the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes is concluding in Geneva today after making significant advances on all major items. These items will be finalized at the Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-5) to the Basel Convention, to be held in Basel, Switzerland from 6-10 December 1999.
Friday 23 Apr 1999
UNEP Deputy Executive Director on official visit to China
Nairobi, 23 April 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Shafqat Kakakhel, will make an official visit to the People's Republic of China from 26 April to 3 May. Mr. Kakakhel will be meeting with representatives of the Chinese government including the Vice Minister of Environment and Head of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA).
Friday 23 Apr 1999
Blueprint to solve global forest crisis
Nairobi, 19 April 1999 - Commenting on the release today of the report, "Our Forests... Our Future," Klaus Toepfer, World Commission member and Executive Director of UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, said: "The strength of this report is that through the public hearings on five continents that the Commission has organized, it has given a voice to people who live in the forests, who make a living from the forests, and to every other group of people who have a stake in the future of the forests."
Wednesday 21 Apr 1999
UNEP and UNFPA sign agreement on strengthening cooperation
Nairobi/New York, 12 April 1999 - The heads of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding last Friday in Geneva aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two programmes in areas fundamental to the attainment of sustainable development.
Friday 16 Apr 1999
UNEP to provide strengthened environmental dimension to CSD debate
New York/Nairobi, 15 April 1999 - Strengthened and energized by its recent successful Governing Council session, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be providing a clear environmental input to the upcoming discussions at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which begin on Monday, 19 April, in New York.
Friday 16 Apr 1999
Hazardous wastes talks to consider liability regime for Basel Convention
Geneva/Nairobi, 9 April 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is holding a series of three meetings in Geneva over the next two weeks to prepare for the Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-5) to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal. COP-5 will take place in Basel, Switzerland from 6-10 December 1999 and ministers are expected to adopt a protocol on liability and compensation.
Friday 09 Apr 1999
World Habitat day: "Cities for all"
Nairobi, 7 April 1999 - World Habitat Day this year will be celebrated on 4 October 1999. The theme this year is "Cities for All".
Thursday 08 Apr 1999
UNEP launches new initiatives to assist developing countries phase out ozone depleting substances
Nairobi, 31 March 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today that it is launching a major initiative, which will help developing countries phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODS). This initiative, launched in Montreal at the 27th meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, comprises a number steps which will significantly reduce the use of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) around the world.
Thursday 01 Apr 1999
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