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Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body
Antalya, Turkey, December 14, 2013 – The groundbreaking Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) today agreed to develop a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges.
Tuesday 17 Dec 2013
Countries Agree to Cooperate to End the Illegal Trapping of Protected Bird Species in Egypt and Libya
Bonn, 5 December 2013 – The Government of Egypt, in cooperation with Germany, Switzerland and other partners, has pledged to assess and further address the issue of unregulated hunting and bird netting practices along the Mediterranean coast of Egypt.
Thursday 05 Dec 2013
The UN-REDD Programme Receives US$ 40 Million Pledge from Norway to Help 48 Developing Countries Halt Deforestation
WARSAW, POLAND - 21 NOVEMBER, 2013 – At the 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) this week, the Government of Norway announced a pledge of US$ 40 million to continue support for the UN-REDD Programme. The package of funding will support a range of programmes in 2014 to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) across 48 UN-REDD partner countries, in collaboration with governments, indigenous peoples and civil society, and with the joint support of FAO, UNDP and UNEP.
Thursday 21 Nov 2013
UN Environment Head Welcomes Signal to Combat Climate Change by World’s Two Key Economies
Nairobi, 9 June 2013—A decision by China and the United States to cooperate on phasing down a group of synthetic chemicals in order to combat climate change was today welcomed by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Monday 10 Jun 2013
TheZambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment, the first of its kind in the Zambezi River Basin and in southern Africa, will be launched on 29 May in Luanda, Angola at a meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Water.
Wednesday 29 May 2013
Geneva, Switzerland – International organizations today released a study finding extremely high levels of toxic chemicals in toys and other products consumed by children.
Wednesday 01 May 2013
New UN Report Warns of Uncertain Future for African Elephants
Bangkok, 6 March 2013 — Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows - with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized, over the last decade.
Wednesday 06 Mar 2013
Illegal Trade Robs Wild of Almost 3,000 Great Apes Annually, Threatening Populations
Bangkok, 4 March 2013 – The illegal trade that sees almost 3,000 live great apes lost from the forests of Africa and Southeast Asia each year is increasingly impacting wild populations as links to organized crime grow stronger.
Monday 04 Mar 2013
Strengthened Governance and Management Required to Prevent Rush for Resources from Damaging Fragile Arctic Environment, Says UNEP Year Book 2013
Nairobi, 18 February 2013 – The rush for resources prompted by an apparent acceleration in sea ice melt calls for caution and effective governance to avoid damage to the fragile Arctic environment, according to the UN Environment Programme’s Year Book 2013.
Monday 18 Feb 2013
The Ministry of Environment signs agreement with UNEP on GRID-Arendal
The Norwegian Ministry of Environment has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on continued cooperation and support to GRID-Arendal for the next 10 years. The MoU confirms GRID-Arendal's status as a "Centre of Excellence on Polar and Cryosphere Issues," and as a key partner for UNEP.
Thursday 07 Feb 2013
‘Minamata’ Convention Agreed by Nations
Geneva/Nairobi, 19 January 2013--International effort to address mercury—a notorious heavy metal with significant health and environmental effects—was today delivered a significant boost with governments agreeing to a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent emissions and releases.
Monday 21 Jan 2013
Abu Dhabi Champions Nature-based Climate Change Mitigation
Abu Dhabi, January 9, 2013: The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently launched a pioneering ‘Blue Carbon’ project that connects the local natural coastal ecosystem management with climate change mitigation.
Wednesday 16 Jan 2013
UNEP Studies Show Rising Mercury Emissions in Developing Countries
Nairobi/Geneva, 10 January 2013 - Communities in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, according to new studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Thursday 10 Jan 2013
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