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UNEP to receive financial support from Norwegian government for projects in five developing countries

Oslo/Nairobi, 11 December 1998 - The Government of Norway and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed an agreement on a UNEP project: "Strategies and Mechanisms for Promoting Cleaner Production Investments in Developing Countries". The total project cost of NOK 36.7 million (Norwegian Kroner) (approximately US$5.6 million) over three years, will be funded by the Norwegian Government.

It is expected that the project will contribute to pollution prevention, eco-efficiency and resource productivity. It will be coordinated by UNEP's Technology, Industry and Economics Division in Paris in five selected developing countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.

Additionally, the Norwegian Government is contributing an amount of NOK 1 million (approximately US$153,000) towards the POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Fund established by UNEP's Chemicals Unit in Geneva. The contribution will assist in meeting expenditures for the second session of intergovernmental negotiations on a legally binding agreement on Persistent Organic Pollutants. That meeting will be held in Nairobi from 24 to 29 January 1999.

For more information, please contact:

Tore J. Brevik,
Director of Information and Public Affairs,
Tel. (254-2) 62- 3292, Fax (254-2) 62-3927;

or

Patricia L. Jacobs,
Media and Information Officer
Phone:(254-2) 62-3088, Fax (254-2) 62-3692,
email ipainfo@unep.org

UNEP News Release 1998/131

Friday 11 Dec 1998
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