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UNEP and the International Year of the Mountains
From the Summits to the Seas - new UNEP exhibition opens in Brussels. Mountains, the water towers of the world, are vital to all life on earth and to the well-being of people everywhere,
Wednesday 27 Feb 2002
Message on World Day for Water 22 March 2002
An estimated 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, 2.5 billion people have no access to proper sanitation, and more than five million people die each year from water-related diseases - ten times the number killed in wars, on average, each year. All too often, water is treated as an infinite free good. Yet even where supplies are sufficient or plentiful, they are increasingly at risk from pollution and rising demand. By 2025, two thirds of the world's population is likely to live in countries with moderate or severe water shortages.
Wednesday 27 Feb 2002
Three Deadly Pesticides And Asbestos Targeted For Trade Controls
A committee of government-appointed experts has concluded that three widely-used pesticides and all forms of asbestos should be added to an international list of chemicals subject to trade controls.
Thursday 21 Feb 2002
Environmental Study Of The Occupied Territories To Be Undertaken By UNEP
A decision to assess the environmental situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has been taken at a meeting of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Sunday 17 Feb 2002
"Mermaids": Urgent Action Needed to Save them from Habitat Destruction, Pollution and Entanglement in Fishing Nets
Global Report on the Plight of the Dugong Underscores Increasing Threats to the Marine Environment Upon which Billions of People and Wildlife Depend
Thursday 14 Feb 2002
Hotspots Study Sounds Alarm for Extinctions in the Ocean
First Survey To Identify Top Ten Coral Reef Hotspots
Thursday 14 Feb 2002
Pioneering New Projects Announced To Help Developing
Experts meet at UNEP Headquarters to Plan Cost-Effective Adaptation Responses to Climate Change
Friday 08 Feb 2002
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