Rising number of vehicles feeds deadly air pollution in Asian cities – UN-backed report

With 600,000 people in Asia dying prematurely from air pollution each year, the continent’s major cities face a key challenge in reducing the daunting figure, according to a new United Nations-backed report: although vehicle emissions are being reduced, the volume of vehicles is rising rapidly.

UN-backed group boosts environmental safeguards for Europe’s Carpathian region

The Carpathian region of Europe, a vast area of forests, streams and mountains that is home to brown bears, wolves, bison, lynx, imperial eagles and other globally threatened birds, received further protection at a United Nations-backed conference today with the adoption of immediate steps to promote environment-friendly tourism and conservation there.

Global alliance needed to defend mountains as vital source of biodiversity – UN agency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for a global alliance to safeguard the world’s mountains as a vital source of both agricultural and wild biodiversity.

Governments vow to speed up efforts on electronic waste after UN-backed conference

The member governments to a United Nations-sponsored global pact on the transport and disposal of hazardous waste agreed today to accelerate their efforts to reduce the impact and damage caused by the rapid recent growth in electronic waste.

UN helps bridge the world’s ‘scientific capital gap’ with more access to scholarly work

Scientists, researchers, and policy makers in 108 developing countries will soon receive access to one of the world’s largest collections of scholarly environmental science journals, thanks to a United Nations-backed on-line initiative launched today.

UN study proposes new guidelines for corporate reporting on environment, labour rights

A “carrots and sticks” approach coupling mandatory regulation with voluntary standards will lead to better reporting by corporations of their performance in non-financial areas such as environmental protection, labour standards, human rights and anti-corruption measures, according to a new United Nations study released today.

Annan urges individual citizens to work for environmental change

Although Governments and businesses are coming to understand that the prevailing model of energy use in the world is unsustainable, and that conservation is a necessity for economic growth, constant pressure from individual citizens is needed for real change to occur, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a global environmental forum today.

UN marks World Environment Day with focus on preventing desertification

The United Nations today marked World Environment Day by shining the spotlight on the world’s deserts, from appeals to curb the desertification of dry-lands to a major report on the dramatic impact of climate change to a list of do’s and don’ts for tourists and a children’s painting competition.

UN peace messenger Goodall urges more environmental awareness and action

Renowned primatologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall has met at UN Headquarters with Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who voiced strong support for her advocacy of informed, compassionate action to protect the environment for all living beings.

World’s first broadband environmental TV channel launches today: UN agency

The world’s first broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues – called ‘green.tv’ and developed with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – is being launched today, aiming to become a “one-stop shop” of broadcast information on the environment covering everything from climate change to children’s stories on wildlife.