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Klaus Toepfer calls for a global effort to minimise the impact of natural disasters through better urban governance
30 Aug 1999 - Concerned about the recent tragedy in Turkey, Mr. Klaus Toepfer, Acting Executive Director of UNCHS (Habitat), sometimes known as the City Agency, has called for a global effort to help alleviate the desperate situation.
Monday 30 Aug 1999
Assessment of the environmental impact of the Balkans conflict on the river Danube
Nairobi, 24 August 1999 - With the aim of assessing the environmental impact of the Balkans conflict on the Danube River, a team of nine international experts from the joint United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF) has now started its work. This, the third BTF mission to the region, is one part of an independent scientific and technical assessment of the environmental and human settlements impact of the Balkans conflict.
Wednesday 25 Aug 1999
UNEP promotes concept of "Life cycle" economy
Nairobi, 23 August 1999 - UNEP is promoting the concept of a 'life cycle economy', which views the production and disposal of a product or function as a comprehensive cycle covering all the processes required: extraction and processing; manufacture; transport and distribution; use, reuse and maintenance; recycling, and final disposal.
Tuesday 24 Aug 1999
Licencing agreement on trade in ozone depleting substances enters into force
Nairobi, 23 August 1999 - The Montreal Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer agreed in Montreal in September 1997 is due to enter into force on 10 November 1999. The Montreal Amendment, the third of such Amendments since the original Montreal Protocol was concluded in 1987, should have entered into force on 1 January 1999 provided that at least twenty instruments of ratification had been deposited by states or regional economic integration organizations that are Parties to the Montreal Protocol. This condition was not fulfilled on that date as the requisite twenty ratifications were achieved on 12 August 1999 and the Amendment is now expected to enter into force on the ninetieth day i.e. 10 November 1999.
Tuesday 24 Aug 1999
UNEP bookshop to be launched on the Internet
Arendal/Nairobi, 23 August 1999 - Jesper Simonsen, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of Norway and Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a new web book shop for UNEP Monday 23 August.
Monday 23 Aug 1999
Klaus Toepfer, UNEP's Executive Director, Launches State of the Environment Report for the City of Arendal, Norway
Arendal/Nairobi, 23 August 1999 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched the State of the Environment report on the Internet for the City of Arendal, Norway.
Monday 23 Aug 1999
Report on Health and Environment in Turku, Finland Launched by WHO Director
Arendal/Turku, 23 August 1999 - A health and environment report for the city of Turku, Finland, was today launched by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the city of Arendal, Norway.
Monday 23 Aug 1999
Russian indigenous leaders study satellite communication for remote northern communities
Arendal 23 August 1999 - Representatives of Russian Arctic indigenous peoples will discuss the health and environmental challenges facing their communities with Gro Harlem Brundtland, director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Klaus Töpfer, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Tove Strand, director of Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). Problems related to health mark the everyday life of many people in the indigenous communities, and hazardous chemical emissions from countries further south threaten health and nature in the long term.
Monday 23 Aug 1999
UNEP/WHO team up to improve environmental health
Arendal/Nairobi, 20 August 1999 - Pooling their strengths and coordinating their efforts to combat the increasing threat of environmentally linked diseases, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the field of Environmental Health.
Monday 23 Aug 1999
Statement by the Managing Director Svein Tveitdal at the GRID-Arendal 10th anniversary
23 Aug 1999 - On behalf of the staff and myself, we are honoured that all of you were able to come to Arendal today and participate in our 10th anniversary celebrations.
Monday 23 Aug 1999
10th anniversary of GRID-Arendal
23 Aug 1999 - Speech by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General, World Health Organization, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of GRID-Arendal
Monday 23 Aug 1999
Tenth anniversary of GRID Arendal, Speech
23 Aug 1999 - Speech by Klaus Topfer, Executive Director of UNEP, at the Tenth anniversary of GRID Arendal, 23 August 1999
Monday 23 Aug 1999
Message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the 10th anniversary of GRID-Arendal
23 Aug 1999 - Let me start by congratulating the UN Environmental Programme's Global Resource Information Database node on its 10th anniversary. GRID-Arendal has provided UNEP and the whole UN family with the best possible information as a basis for shaping environmental policy and raising awareness of environmental challenges.
Monday 23 Aug 1999
10th anniversary of GRID-Arendal
23 Aug 1999 - Health of the indigenous peoples of the North - Speech by Sergey Haruchi on the 10th anniversary of GRID-Arendal
Monday 23 Aug 1999
UNEP GRID Centres: The growing incidence of environmental disasters like forest fires and floods, underscores need for accurate and up-to-date information
Nairobi, 20 August 1999 - GRID-Arendal (Norway) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 23 August. GRID-Arendal, one of 14 nodes in the UNEP-GRID system, was established under an agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Norwegian Ministry of Environment to provide support to UNEP's assessment and reporting activities. The arrangement is a unique collaboration between a national government and an international organization and has demonstrated how a private foundation, with strong government backing, can provide meaningful support to an important international process. Its work has also boosted the capacity of the UNEP to communicate globally.
Friday 20 Aug 1999
Housing rights - The next challenge for Kosovo
Nairobi, 18 August 1999 - As part of the joint UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF), The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) has organized a workshop in Pristina, from 16 - 19 August, to consider the creation of an independent Commission on Housing and Property Rights under the auspices of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
Thursday 19 Aug 1999
The Joint UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) BALKANS Task Force assessing the environmental and human settlements inpact of the Balkans conflict - update
Nairobi, 11 August 1999 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of UNEP and Acting Executive Director of Habitat, established the joint UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF) in May 1999, to look at the environmental and human settlements impacts of the conflict in the Balkans and to the wider consequences to countries of the region.
Tuesday 17 Aug 1999
Workshop on Enforcement and Compliance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Geneva, Switzerland, 12 July 1999 - Statement by Mr. Shafqat Kakakhel, Deputy Executive Director, on behalf of Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme at the Workshop on Enforcement and Compliance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
Tuesday 03 Aug 1999
UNU International Conference on Synergies and Coordination between Multilateral Environment Agreements
Tokyo, Japan, 14 July 1999 - Statement by Mr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP, at the UNU International Conference on Synergies and Coordination between Multilateral Environment Agreements.
Tuesday 03 Aug 1999
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