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UN environment agency backs BBC TV series on sustainable development

UN environment agency backs BBC TV series on sustainable development

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today it would sponsor a BBC television series focusing on sustainable development in the lead-up to the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development to take place later this year in South Africa.

The BBC Earth Report programmes that UNEP will support cover topics such as wildlife smuggling, sustainable fisheries and water contamination.

The series, seen weekly in some 180 million homes on BBC World Television, is the "only weekly series on global television that sets out to cover the issues on the World Summit's agenda," according to Tore Brevik, UNEP's Director of Communications.

According to the UN agency, the new series of the Earth Report will provide "food for thought" as world leaders prepare for the Summit, which will take place in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September.