Tag Archives: UNEP

Asia Pacific eyes ‘South-South’ learning to make natural wealth count for greater good

Governments and civil society groups from across Asia and the Pacific will be looking to learn from each other’s experiences in sustainably managing resources such as oil, gas and minerals, at a regional United Nations event that kicked off in Bangkok yesterday. Continue reading

UNEP Executive Director Welcomes Illegal Wildlife Trade Provisions in TPP

UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner released the following statement following the conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. The TPP contains unprecedented provisions to combat illegal wildlife trade, including requirements for the 12 countries involved to protect wildlife covered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) from illegal trade, and to take action to protect any wildlife that has been taken illegally from any country. Continue reading

Pacific efficient light strategy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate energy and financial savings

Representatives from nine Pacific Island countries are gathering today in Nadi, Fiji, to validate the first ever Pacific Efficient Lighting Strategy (PELS) for the region’s transition to high efficiency, environmentally-sound lighting by 2020. Continue reading

Every minute, a person dies from exposure to toxic substances

Ahead of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, urged the global community to do more to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances and chemicals. “Every minute, a person dies from exposure to toxic substances at work. In addition to deaths directly linked to toxic substances, 2.3 million workers around the world suffer from occupational accidents and work-related diseases every year. We should, and can, stop this preventable disaster,” the expert emphasized. Continue reading

World Environment Day 2015 Blog Competition

Milan Expo ticketsWrite a compelling blog post on this year’s theme, Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care, which highlights sustainable lifestyles and consumption. Post it on your blog! The winner of the competition will travel to Italy to blog, tweet and post Facebook messages for two nights on WED 2015 Continue reading

Wastewater Management – A UN-Water Analytical Brief

Wastewater Management- A UN-Water Analytical Brief coverOnly 20 per cent of global wastewater is currently being treated, leaving low-income countries hardest hit by contaminated water supplies and disease, according to a UN report which encourages governments to see treated wastewater as a valuable resource, and a priority for the post-2015 development agenda. With urban populations estimated to double in the next four decades, and low-income countries possessing only Continue reading

First of its kind guide launched to enable true valuation of ecosystems in SIDS

Guidance_manual_on_valuation_A new manual that will enable policymakers to calculate the true value of ecosystems for a transition to a green economy across the world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), was launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at a ceremony celebrating the end of the International Year of SIDS. The manual highlights the strong interdependency between the Continue reading

Momentum for Change: 1 Million Women Initiative

Embedded image permalinkIn Australia, women are building a movement to take action on climate change in their households, workplaces and communities.

The organization 1 Million Women has a simple goal with a big impact: get one million women to pledge to take small steps in their daily lives that save energy, reduce waste, cut pollution and lead change.

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