Women call for studies of health impact of environmental degradation

Leading women environmentalists today called for research into the affect of toxic chemicals on the health of women and girls and they urged governments to make funds available to associations of poor women for such environmental projects as water, sanitation and poverty alleviation schemes and ecosystem management.

UN applauds awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to Kenyan environmental activist

Praising her "pioneering struggle" against deforestation and for women's rights and democracy, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he was delighted by the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Experts urge stronger action against wildlife poachers

Law enforcement experts are urging stronger action against poachers or smugglers of endangered species, but warn that many countries lack the ability to fight wildlife crimes, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.