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UNEP and European Commission host talks on the international response to environmental rehabilitation in the Balkans
Nairobi, 23 June 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly convened a meeting in Brussels today with the European Commission, to discuss the coordination of the international response to the environmental rehabilitation effort in the Balkans.
Thursday 24 Jun 1999
Statement by Mr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director UNEP, at the Oxford University European Affairs Society
London, U.K., 15 June 1999 - When Walter Jetz, the President-Elect of the Oxford European Affairs Society, invited me to address the society I accepted the invitation with some enthusiasm. Friends informed me that it is very much an intellectual compliment to be invited by this society. The European Affairs Society has become known as an impartial forum for discussions on issues facing Europe.
Thursday 24 Jun 1999
Third World Health Organisation Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
22 Jun 1999 - Statement by Mr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP, at the Third World Health Organisation Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.
Tuesday 22 Jun 1999
South Pacific Islands meet to develop regional strategy to implement Montreal Protocol
Nairobi, June 1999 - Eight island countries from the South Pacific held consultations recently in Geneva to agree upon a regional strategy to expedite implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. They met in the margins of the meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol, from 15-18 June 1999.
Tuesday 22 Jun 1999
Officials meet to prepare Basel Convention conference
Geneva/Nairobi, 21 June 1999 - Diplomats from up to 100 countries are meeting in Geneva from 21 - 25 June to set the stage 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.
Tuesday 22 Jun 1999
Convention on Migratory Species marks 20 years of global action
Bonn/Nairobi, 23 June 1999 - Twenty years ago today, diplomats and conservationists assembled in Bonn to adopt a global agreement for reversing the dramatic world-wide declines in migratory animals such as the Siberian crane, White-tailed eagle, Hawksbill turtle, Mediterranean monk seal, Dama gazelle, and many others.
Tuesday 22 Jun 1999
UNEP and Habitat Welcome G8 Cologne Debt Relief Initiativ
Nairobi, 21 June 1999 - Speaking to the press here today, Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) said he welcomed the debt relief plan agreed to by world leaders at the G8 Summit in Cologne, Germany, last weekend.
Monday 21 Jun 1999
Experts agree to criteria, procedure for adding persistent organic pollutants to global POPs treaty
Vienna/Nairobi, 18 June 1999 - Scientific criteria and a procedural process for adding other persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, to the initial list of 12* identified for global action were agreed to by an expert group meeting in Vienna 14-18 June 1999.
Friday 18 Jun 1999
UNEP leads international efforts to assess environmental impact of Balkans conflict
London, 16 June 1999/Reissued Nairobi, 17 June 1999 - A team from the joint UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) Balkans Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements, will soon travel to Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro, to start work on providing a detailed assessment of the environmental impact of the Balkans conflict, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Klaus Toepfer announced here today.
Thursday 17 Jun 1999
UNEP executive director urges global action on dioxin and other POPs
Nairobi/Geneva, 11 June 1999 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), today warned that dioxin is a concern for all countries, not just Europe.
Friday 11 Jun 1999
Miljønytt lansert av Torbjørn Berntsen i Oslo 8 June
Oslo 8 June, 1999 - Tidligere miljøvernminister Torbjørn Berntsen, fung. direktør Harald Holt i GRID-Arendal og konsernsjef Osmund Ueland i NSB vil under Miljødagene i Oslo tirsdag 8. juni foreta den offisielle åpningen av landets første miljønyhetssider på Internett. Åpningen vil foregå i Oslo rådhus kl. 12.
Tuesday 08 Jun 1999
Insurers act on Global Environmental Agenda
UNEP Executive Director Encourages New Efforts by Insurance Sector
Tuesday 08 Jun 1999
World Environment Day 1999
05 Jun 1999 - Message of United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi A. Annan, on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Saturday 05 Jun 1999
Message of UNEP executive director, Klaus Toepfer, on the occasion of World Environment day 5 June 1999
Nairobi, 12 May 1999 - The well-being and the hopes of the peoples of the world can never be served until the environment and eco-systems that sustain all life on earth are secure.
Saturday 05 Jun 1999
Saving our Earth. World Environment Day, 5 June 1999
Nairobi, 3 June 1999 - World Environment Day (WED), 1999 has as its theme: Our Earth, Our Future - Just Save It. The main events to mark this day - June 5 - will be held in Tokyo. However, in towns and villages around the world, people will participate in various activities, the aim of which will be to awaken an increased awareness of what the day symbolizes.
Saturday 05 Jun 1999
UNEP's GRID-Arendal recipient of prestigious "Green-Oscar" Princes' Award
Nairobi, 4 June 1999 - The United Nations Environment Programme's Global Resource Information Database (GRID), located in Arendal, Norway was yesterday presented with the prestigious Princes' Award 1999. GRID-Arendal was given the award for the multimedia product State of the Environment Reports Sampler CD-ROM and "Cookbook" with National reports from (Central and Eastern Europe) CEE/NIS (Newly Independent States) countries.
Saturday 05 Jun 1999
A business woman, a multinational and an illusionist, three among 17 individuals and organizations, to receive United Nations Award at World Environment Day celebrations in Tokyo
Nairobi, 18 May 1999 - A successful business woman, a multinational and a 13-year-old illusionist are among this year's 17 winners of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global 500 Award. The outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment of these individuals and organizations from 12 countries will be officially recognized on 5 June 1999 at a special award ceremony in Tokyo. The event, hosted by UNEP and the Government of Japan, is part of the World Environment Day celebrations.
Friday 04 Jun 1999
UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer Supports EU Action on Dioxin-Contaminated Food, Cites Need for Global Measures
Nairobi, 4 June 1999 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), lauded the European Union's call for action to identify and destroy poultry products contaminated with dioxin. At the same time, Toepfer underscored the seriousness of the health and environmental concern for many regions of the world, which experience dioxin contamination but are unable to take adequate measures.
Friday 04 Jun 1999
GRID-Arendal vant Europas grønne "Miljø-Oscar"; "Princes Award" for 1999.
03 Jun 1999 - Miljøsenteret GRID-Arendal ble i dag tildelt 1.plass under utdelingen av den prestisjetunge, internasjonale miljøprisen Princes Award for 1999.
Thursday 03 Jun 1999
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