environment

World’s groundwater supplies under siege, urgent action needed – UN report

Over-exploited aquifiers, falling water tables and seawater contamination are threatening the world's natural underground reservoirs upon which 2 billion people depend for drinking water and irrigation, according to a new United Nations report issued today to mark World Environment Day.

UN agency partners with fashion industry to promote environmentally friendly lifestyles

In a bid to promote sustainable consumption and production, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today said it is working on a new partnership with the fashion industry to send ecologically friendly messages to consumers.

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.

Lebanon chosen by UN agency to host World Environment Day

Lebanon has been chosen to host this year’s World Environment Day on 5 June, the first time in the 30-year history of the awareness-raising event that the main celebrations will be held in the Arab world, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

Top UN environmental body calls for urgent action in Iraq

The top United Nations environmental body today called for urgent action in post-war Iraq, ranging from immediate humanitarian relief and assessing the threat from weapons with depleted uranium, to the longer-term recovery of an environment that has suffered from decades of damage.

UN agency unveils plan to use hot rocks to generate electricity in eastern Africa

In a promising form of renewable energy, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today unveiled a new plan to use the steam produced by hot rocks buried within the earth to generate electricity in eastern Africa.

UN calls for urgent action to preserve 'Garden of Eden' in southern Iraq

Issuing a strong warning about the disappearance of marshlands in southern Iraq, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today said post-war rehabilitation efforts should take special account of people and wildlife in the area.

UN agency to launch new sports and environment initiative for youth

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is set to launch a new initiative encouraging environmental awareness among youth and action through sports and sporting events.