UN environment agency announces 2003 awards

A Briton who championed the cause of the great apes and the rhino before dying in an air crash, an Indian whose eco-friendly toilet is transforming the health and lives of the urban poor, and a Lebanese journalist who has almost single-handedly brought crucial environmental issues to the attention of the Arab world are among this year's winners of the prestigious United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global 500 Award.

Annan commends European ministers’ efforts on environmental issues

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today commended European ministers meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, for their efforts to keep environmental issues high on the international agenda, saying it demonstrates that through cooperation the international community can build a better and greener world for future generations.

UN concerned economic growth in Asia-Pacific may stress environment

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today said Asia and the Pacific now has more “middle to high income” consumers – those earning more than $7,000 per year – than Western Europe and North America combined, raising concerns that aspirations for further growth may come at a high environmental price.