Annan nominates head of conservation network as UN environment agency chief

Achim Steiner, the head of the world’s largest environmental network, was today nominated by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to be the next Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), succeeding Klaus Toepfer on 15 June.

Greenhouse gases reach highest level ever recorded, UN agency reports

Globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most abundant greenhouse gas in the planet’s atmosphere, as well as of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), reached their highest ever-recorded levels in 2004, mainly due to human activity, the United Nations meteorological agency announced today.

UN agency launches new ‘green’ initiative for world’s construction industry

Together with some of the biggest names in the multi-billion dollar building and construction sector, the United Nations environmental agency today launched a new international effort to ‘green’ the industry, from curbing global warming gas emissions to preventing the plundering of pristine beaches for sand.

Energy savings are antidote to fuel crisis, ministers agree at UN forum

By saving energy at home, at work and on the roads, people around the globe can help tackle the fuel crisis that is challenging the economies of the industrial and developing worlds, delegates gathered at a meeting in Dubai sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concluded today.

Industrial livestock production near cities can damage environment – UN agency

Industrial livestock production in developing countries often causes severe environmental damages, especially when meat and dairy factories are crowded together around cities or close to water resources, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has warned.

UN Secretary-General heads to Dubai to receive global environmental award

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will receive a top global award for his work on environmental and sustainable development issues at an international gathering of ministers in the United Arab Emirates next week, officials at the world body announced today.

Hungary’s ratification of UN-backed treaty triggers new protections for Europe’s forests

A United Nations-backed treaty meant to conserve a vast area of forests, streams and mountains in the heart of Europe sprang to life today as Hungary became the fourth nation – along with the Slovak Republic, Ukraine and the Czech Republic – to ratify it.