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Calling for nominations for year 2000 Premier United Nations environment prize
Nairobi, 24 February 2000 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today that it is accepting nominations for the 2000 UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize. Worth US$200,000.00, the Prize is awarded every year to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the management and protection of the environment at the global level.
Friday 25 Feb 2000
United Nations experts begin scientific assessment of cyanide spill damage
Bucharest/Nairobi, 25 February 2000 - A team of international experts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is starting work today on a scientific assessment of the environmental damage caused by the recent cyanide spill and other waste products from the Baia Mare gold mine in northwestern Romania.
Friday 25 Feb 2000
UNEP analyses trends in developing country compliance under the Montreal protocol
Paris/Nairobi, February 2000 - UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE) OzonAction Programme in Paris has released on its web site an Analysis of Trends in Consumption and Production of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in Developing Countries that helps interested persons to understand where developing countries stand in relation to their commitments under the Montreal Protocol.
Tuesday 22 Feb 2000
United Nations experts to begin scientific assessment of cyanide spill damage
Belgrade/Nairobi, 20 February 2000 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has advised that he is sending a team of international experts to Hungary and Romania to carry-out a detailed scientific analysis of the environmental damage caused by the recent cyanide spill from the Baia Mare gold mine.
Monday 21 Feb 2000
Cyanide pollution in Danube still a cause for concern
Belgrade/Nairobi, 20 February 2000 - According to results from water samples taken between Pancevo and the Iron Gate 1 Dam (between 15 and 17 February) by scientists of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), levels of cyanide concentration in the river Danube in Yugoslavia are not an immediate threat to human health via drinking water supplies.
Monday 21 Feb 2000
Review committee to consider adding pesticides, industrial chemicals to PIC
Geneva/Rome/Nairobi, 17 February 2000 - The 29- member Interim Chemical Review Committee established by the Rotterdam Convention on trade in dangerous chemicals will consider mechanisms for adding hazardous pesticides and industrial chemicals to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure during its meeting in Geneva from 21- 25 February 2000.
Thursday 17 Feb 2000
Phasing lead out of gasoline: An examination of policy approaches in different countries
Paris/Nairobi, February 2000 - There is a firm consensus among governments, the lead and automotive industries, and health experts that gasoline should not contain lead. This consensus began to build in the 1970s, when the first health effects from exposure to airborne lead were suspected.
Thursday 17 Feb 2000
Older gasoline vehicles in developing countries and economies in transition: Their importance and the policy options for addressing them .
Paris/Nairobi, February 2000 - Over the past 50 years the world's vehicle population has grown fifteen-fold. It now exceeds 700 million units and will soon reach 1 billion units. Most vehicles are still found in the highly industrialized countries of the OECD, but an increasing number of urban areas in developing countries and in Central and Eastern Europe are heavily congested. The benefits of increased mobility and flexibility have been at least partially offset by pollution and its adverse effects on human health and the environment.
Thursday 17 Feb 2000
Caribbean governments to set environmental agenda for the 21st century
Kingston/Nairobi, 14 February 2000 - Some 85 officials from around the Caribbean have gathered in Kingston, Jamaica for a five-day meeting on the Caribbean Environment Programme and the Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region.
Tuesday 15 Feb 2000
UNEP-led Balkans Task Force scientists begin sampling of Danube river in wake of Romania cyanide spill
Nairobi, 15 February, 1999 - As an emergency response to the cyanide spill at the Baia-Mare gold mine in northwestern Romania, the UNEP Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer, has instructed some of the Balkans Task Force (BTF) scientists who are currently working in Yugoslavia to take water quality samples from the river Danube.
Tuesday 15 Feb 2000
UNEP to strengthen cooperation with the Russian federation
Geneva/Nairobi, 11 February 2000 - Recognizing the importance of Russia to global environmental problems such as climate change and ozone depletion, as well as its need to improve environmental conditions which adversely affect millions of the country's citizens, the United Nations Environment Programme is strengthening its cooperation with the Russian Federation.
Friday 11 Feb 2000
61 million Russians live in poor environmental conditions
February 9, 2000 Moscow (AP) - Russia's environmental chief said Wednesday that 61 million Russians almost half the country's population live in environmentally dangerous conditions.
Thursday 10 Feb 2000
New UNEP policy paper charts course on forest-related issues
New York/Nairobi, 10 February 2000 - With Governments nearing consensus in New York on long-term international arrangements to manage and protect all types of the world's forests, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has today released a policy paper on actions for enhancing the role of the organization on forest-related issues.
Thursday 10 Feb 2000
UNEP-led Balkans Task Force to continue its work in Yugoslavia
Geneva/Nairobi, 8 February, 1999 - As part of the seond phase of the joint UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF), a group of international scientific experts will start work next weekend on detailed environmental clean-up feasibility studies at four sites in Serbia. The team, which arrives in Belgrade on 13 February, will be conducting an analysis of the specific activities and technical requirements at the four "hot spots" identified by the BTF in its report, ?The Kosovo Conflict ­ Consequences for the Environment and Human Settlements.
Tuesday 08 Feb 2000
Habitat and UNEP Welcome the Weekend Car Ban in Italy
Nairobi, 8 February 2000 - Mr. Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of UNEP and Ag. Executive Director of Habitat, welcomed the banning of private cars in the city centre of Rome and in over 150 towns and cities across Italy. In Rome the car ban will last for 10 hours on Sundays during which time public transport, and entry into museums and archaeological sites will be free. Other cities are all set to make their own rules. The ban is a pilot project by the city authorities in Italy to reduce the amount of air pollution from cars.
Tuesday 08 Feb 2000
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