World leaders must safeguard environment to reduce poverty – UN ecology chief

Sound and solid investment in the environment will go a long way towards meeting international targets on poverty reduction, the supply of drinking water and fighting the spread of infectious diseases, and world leaders should take this on board at their September summit, the United Nations environmental head said today.

Environmental atlas tracks dramatic earth changes – UN

The dramatic, often damaging environmental changes sweeping planet Earth are brought into sharp focus in a new atlas launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Greening refugee camps for World Environmental Day – UN

The United Nations refugee agency observed World Environmental Day with worldwide activities that focused on minimizing the environmental damage caused by refugee camps.

Mayors from around the globe to mark Environment Day with urban 'green' accords – UN

Mayors and urban planning experts from around the globe will head to San Francisco next month for World Environment Day, where they plan to exchange ideas and sign a slate of United Nations-backed accords on environmental actions for cities.

Environmental degradation bad for security, Secretary-General says

International efforts to promote security, development and human rights, and to pursue sustainable development, would all be in vain if environmental degradation and natural resource depletion continue unabated, according to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Monarchs, indigenous groups, agricultural projects receive UN ecology prizes

The United Nations has awarded its latest batch of environmental prizes to monarchs, religious leaders and youth groups and honoured projects ranging from a green-friendly way of growing rice to the conversion of animal waste into energy.

Scavenging deer and luxury-slum contrast win UN environmental photo prizes

Images of deer scavenging on a rubbish tip, the housing of the rich set against the slums of the poor, and Buddhist monks solemnly draping cloth round a tree trunk today scooped the top prizes in the United Nations environmental agency’s latest photography competition.

UN agency hears of African plans to industrialize and sell electricity to Europe

Plans to harness the mighty Congo River to eventually generate enough electricity not only to power Africa’s industrialization but also to sell to southern Europe via a Mediterranean connector are being drawn up by one of Africa’s biggest energy companies, the United Nations environmental agency was told today.