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Paris,14 December 2000 - At a signing ceremony held today in Paris, the French financial institution, Groupe Caisse des dépôts, has become the 175th signatory to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 'Statement by Financial Institutions on the Environment and Sustainable Development.'

Thursday 14 Dec 2000

14 December 2000 - Environmental information on the Arctic region is presented in a new interactive map on the Internet. Browse and examine the situation in the far north of the World at the Arctic Environmental Atlas website

Thursday 14 Dec 2000

8 November 2000, Arendal - Jaqueline Aloisi de Larderel from the UNEP-TIE office in Paris meets with representatives from Norwegian industry and GRID-Arendal.

Wednesday 29 Nov 2000

Geneva/Nairobi, 6 November 2000 - Recognizing the strong need for reform of energy subsidies and sustainable development, the International Energy Agency and UNEP?s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics are jointly conducting a series of regional workshops in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Monday 06 Nov 2000

Bonn, 2  November 2000 - Ministers and diplomats from some 160 governments will meet in the Dutch city of The Hague from 13 - 24 November to accelerate international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday 02 Nov 2000

Paris/Nairobi, 31 October 2000 - Representatives of major telecommunications operators and suppliers met on 12-13 October to review progress made in setting up the Global Telecom Initiative under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Tuesday 31 Oct 2000

Washington DC, 26 October 2000 - With the future of the Kyoto Protocol to be decided in a few weeks time at a major ministerial meeting in The Hague, the United Nations Environment Programme is launching here today a set of user-friendly graphics that powerfully communicate the scientific findings on global warming.

Thursday 26 Oct 2000

12 October 2000 - In 1960, the Aral Sea in Central Asia was one of the largest inland water reservoirs in the world. By 2000, the level of the Aral Sea had dropped by more than 15 meters. According to estimates by the Scientific-Information Centre of the Inter-State Committee for Water Coordination and a forecast published by the World Bank and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, already by 2010 all water in the Aral Sea basin may be completely used up by the growing economy.

Thursday 12 Oct 2000

15 September 2000 - An environment report that is considered a benchmark was launched the 15th of September in Bergen, Norway. The launch occurred at the opening of a meeting between ministers and leaders from organizations and agencies from around the world. The report World Resources 2000-2001: People and Ecosystems, The Fraying Web of Life, was launched by UNDP, UNEP, the World Bank and World Resources Institute. More than 175 scientists have contributed to this worldwide research work, which took more than a year to complete.

Friday 15 Sep 2000

14 September 2000 - In 1960, the Aral Sea in Central Asia was one of the largest inland water reservoirs in the world. By 2000, the level of the Aral Sea had dropped by more than 15 meters. According to estimates by the Scientific-Information Centre of the Inter-State Committee for Water Coordination and a forecast published by the World Bank and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, already by 2010 all water in the Aral Sea basin may be completely used up by the growing economy.

Thursday 14 Sep 2000

Geneva/Skopje, 11 September 2000 - During the next two weeks, an international team of experts assembled by the United Nations Environment Programme will visit Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to assess the environmental damage caused by the Kosovo conflict and the institutional capacity of the two governments to address environmental problems.

Monday 11 Sep 2000

Paris/Nairobi August 2000 - UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE) OzonAction Programme in Paris has released an updated version of its Analysis of Trends in Consumption and Production of Ozone Depleting Substances in Developing Countries. This analysis helps interested persons to understand where developing countries stand in relation to their commitments under the Montreal Protocol.

Wednesday 23 Aug 2000

23 August 2000 - Tbilisi needs to develop a city environmental action plan to address urgent problems related to urban land use, green spaces, and water supply programs, concludes the State of the Environment 2000 Report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme's office, GRID-Tbilisi. The report is available online at http://ceroi.net/reports/tbilisi/.

Wednesday 23 Aug 2000

Paris, July 2000 - UNEP has released revised Sustainability Reporting Guidelines developed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) through a global, consensus-based process. The Guidelines make recommendations for reporting on the economic, environmental and social performance of companies and represent a major step forward in elevating sustainability reporting to a level consistent with financial reporting.

Friday 21 Jul 2000

Kingston/Nairobi, 20 June 2000 - An international Agreement, which paves the way for greater coordination and protection of marine biodiversity in the wider - Caribbean region, entered into force last week. The treaty, formally called the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW), highlights the region's growing recognition of the need to conserve threatened, endangered and depleted fauna and flora and encourages the sustainable management of the region's coastal and ocean resources.

Wednesday 21 Jun 2000

13 June, 2000 - Kongen og Dronningen vil i forbindelse med sitt besøk i Arendal 19. juni bli orientert om den globale miljøtilstanden. Miljøinformasjonssenteret GRID-Arendal inngår i FNs miljøprogram UNEP, og direktør Svein Tveitdal vil presentere UNEP's siste store miljørapport GEO 2000 oppdatert med siste data fra FNs miljøprogram .

Tuesday 13 Jun 2000

13 June 2000 - The King and Queen of Norway will be informed of the global state of the environment during their visit to Arendal on the 19th of June 2000. The centre for environmental information, GRID - Arendal, is a part of UN's Environment Programme, UNEP. The Managing Director, Svein Tveitdal, will present UNEP's most recent environmental report, GEO-2000, updated with the latest data from the UNEP.

Tuesday 13 Jun 2000

Nairobi/Adelaide, 5 June 2000 - Every year on 5 June, we celebrate World Environment Day  an occasion when people the world over come together to demonstrate their commitment to the protection of the environment. With the theme, 2000  The Environment Millennium  Time to Act, this years celebrations take on a special significance. This is the first World Environment Day of the Third Millennium.

Monday 05 Jun 2000

Nairobi/Adelaide, 5 June 2000 - In an effort to raise environmental awareness and action, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling upon individuals and organizations the world over to commemorate World Environment Day on 5 June in a way that will improve people's quality of life.

Monday 05 Jun 2000
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