UN effort to help restore Iraq’s ‘Garden of Eden’ marshes bears fruit

After a decade of decline and near destruction during the rule of Saddam Hussein, new satellite images show that Iraq’s fabled marshlands of Mesopotamia, considered by some to be the original “Garden of Eden,” are recovering at phenomenal speed, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) said today.

Annan calls for greater efforts to ensure access by poor to renewable energy

With some 1.6 billion people in developing countries still lacking access to electricity, and about 2.4 billion still relying on fuelwood and crop and animal residues for cooking and heating, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for intensified efforts to promote access to new and renewable energy sources for the poor.

Swedish schoolchildren to plant 'diversity' trees as gift for Annan

As a gift to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, schoolchildren from a small Swedish village have raised money to purchase multi-variety apple trees that can be seen to represent harmony among the diverse global community.