This year may be second warmest on record
December 18, 2001 - Global temperature data for the first 10 months of 2001 indicate that it likely will be the second warmest year since recordkeeping began in 1867. Following the all-time high of 1998, this year's near-record extends a strong trend of rising temperatures that began in the late 1970s. The 15
warmest years since 1867 have all come since 1980.
Thursday 20 Dec 2001
UNEP.Net Freshwater Portal opens
Arendal 17 December 2001 - The declining state of the world's freshwater resources, in terms of quantity and quality, may prove to be the dominant issue on the environment and development agenda of the coming century. About one-third of the world's population lives in countries with moderate to high water stress;
Monday 17 Dec 2001
Can the UN be a powerhouse for the environment?
13th December 2001 - Norwegian Minister of Environment, Børge Brende: "Through more than fifty years the UN has worked for human rights and peace. For this effort the UN and its Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan rightly deserve to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2001. The question is whether the UN also can be strengthened to meet the most probable greatest challenge during the next fifty years -the global environmental problems."
Thursday 13 Dec 2001
Toepfer Wins Second Term at UNEP
Nairobi, 22 November 2001 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has been re-elected for a second term.
Friday 23 Nov 2001
Urgent Action Needed To Protect The Marine Environment
New York, 20 November 2001 - The negative effects of land-based activities on seas and coasts are growing both in scale and type, and are increasingly damaging the environment, scientists are warning.
Tuesday 20 Nov 2001
Environmental Issues Make Significant Progress At Key Trade Talks
Nairobi, 15 November 2001 - Environment, fighting poverty and the push towards sustainable development have moved towards the centre of the international trade debate following the historic Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Doha, Qatar.
Thursday 15 Nov 2001
World Travel Market 2001 ? Environmental Awareness Day
London, 14 November 2001 - Responsible tourism is the job of everyone involved. It is the job of governments and local authorities, the industry including training schools and hotel managers, of tour operators and the tourists themselves.
Wednesday 14 Nov 2001
The State of World Population 2001
New York 7 November 2001 - Human activity has affected every part of the planet, no matter how remote, and every ecosystem, from the simplest to the most complex. Everywhere we face critical decisions, according to The State of World Population 2001 report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Wednesday 07 Nov 2001
Eco-Economy Offers Alternative to Middle East Oil
7 Nov 2001 - "For the first time since the oil age began, the world has the technology to wean itself from petroleum coming from the politically volatile Middle East," says Lester R. Brown in his new book, Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth.
Wednesday 07 Nov 2001
Environmental Rights not a Luxury: Aarhus Convention enters into force
29 October 2001 - A new international law, described by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as 'the most ambitious venture in environmental democracy undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations', will enter into force tomorrow, 30 October 2001.
Tuesday 30 Oct 2001
United Nations Secretary-General's UN Day Message
24 October 2001 - UN Day 2001 is a special day for every member of the United Nations family, and for everyone who believes in the ideals of our Organization. This year, the United Nations has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for our work in promoting peace, defending human rights, and fighting poverty.
Wednesday 24 Oct 2001