Press releases

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

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

PARIS, 22 October, 2001 - 70 senior staff from Export Credit Agencies (ECAs), banks and insurers - which facilitate USD billions of trade annually - are gathering in Paris today. They are meeting under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to explore how to further "green" their operations.

Monday 22 Oct 2001

Kalmar/Nairobi, 12 October 2001 - One of the world's great seas is spiraling into decline as a result of chronic over-fishing, high levels of pollution and the devastating impacts of alien, introduced, species, an international team of scientists is warning.

Friday 12 Oct 2001

Nairobi, 12 October 2001 - A redoubling of efforts to fight poverty and environmental degradation has been pledged by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Friday 12 Oct 2001

Beijing/Nairobi, 12 October 2001 - A multi-million dollar bid to reduce the risk of devastating floods on one of the world's mightiest rivers, the Yangtze, has been drawn up by scientists.

Friday 12 Oct 2001

Marrakech, October 2001 - The world's governments are meeting here from 29 October to 9 November to finalize the procedures and institutions needed to make the Kyoto Protocol fully operational.

Thursday 11 Oct 2001

Colombo, Sri Lanka, 8 October 2001 - Recognizing the need to eliminate any remaining weaknesses in the international regime for protecting the earth's ozone layer, governments will meet here from 16 to 19 October in order to strengthen the effectiveness of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That
Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Monday 08 Oct 2001

New York, 4 October 2001 - The United Nations today announced the formation of a promotional partnership with the Animal Planet television channel aimed at generating awareness for conservation and biodiversity around the world. Tied to the channel's annual programming special, World Animal Day, which will air on Sunday, 7 October, around the world, the partnership will leverage the joint resources, knowledge and efforts of both organizations. Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Interim Head of the UN Department of Public Information, Dawn McCall, President, Discovery Networks International, and Michael Cascio, General Manager and Executive Vice-President of Animal Planet, made the joint announcement.

Thursday 04 Oct 2001

04 Oct 2001 - A little-noticed survey released in Beijing in mid-August reveals that China's water situation is far more serious than realized. The water table under the North China Plain, which produces over half of China's wheat and a third of its corn, is falling faster than thought.

Thursday 04 Oct 2001

Geneva, October 3, 2001 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) today urged participants to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to take a wider view of the world's drylands as important for maintaining key ecosystem goods and services that sustain human livelihoods.

Wednesday 03 Oct 2001
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