On International Day, Ban calls for protecting environment in times of conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for preventing the exploitation of the environment in times of conflict, stressing that protecting nature can help countries create employment opportunities, promote development and avoid a relapse into hostilities.

African officials agree at UN conference to reduce environmental threats to health

African health and environment ministers attending a United Nations-sponsored conference concluding today in Gabon have agreed to form an alliance to try to reduce environmental threats to human health and well-being.

In Zaragoza, UN spotlights use of nuclear technology to protect water resources

The United Nations agency tasked with promoting safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies will be showcasing its efforts to protect the world’s water resources at a major exhibition currently being held in the Spanish city of Zaragoza.

UN agencies join forces to combat environmentally-related diseases in Africa

A United Nations-sponsored conference that aims to tackle the environmental causes of diseases that claimed almost 2.5 million African lives each year begins in Gabon today.

UN warns that Kenya is in danger of losing its largest forest ecosystem

Kenya stands to lose $300 million in revenue from tea, tourism and energy if the forest of the country’s Mau Complex continues to be degraded and destroyed, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today.

Changing global environment under the lens in new UN photo exhibition

From the glaciers of Antarctica to the dry river beds of Sudan’s Darfur region to the devastation wrought by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the world’s changing environment is being documented by photographers at a new exhibition at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Africa’s changing environment emerges in new UN atlas

Major changes in Africa’s environmental landscape, from disappearing glaciers in Uganda to the loss of unique vegetation in South Africa, are shown today in a new atlas published by the United Nations which uses satellite images taken over the last 35 years.

Efforts to bring renewable energy to remote villages honoured by UN

Two initiatives to bring clean power to remote communities off the electricity grid in isolated areas of Peru and Laos are this year’s recipients of the prestigious Sasakawa Prize awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Using art to inspire action on the environment – new UN campaign

Art can be a catalyst for environmental action – that’s the message today from a United Nations seminar and exhibit which are bringing together artists from around the world.

Worldwide postal services to go green with UN help

Two United Nations agencies are to work together to slash carbon dioxide emissions by the postal sector.