Dozens of eco-friendly initiatives bestowed UN-backed award

A solar device turning waste heat into electricity in rural China and an Ugandan business manufacturing stationery from agricultural waste are among the dozens of winners of a United Nations-backed sustainable development award, it was announced today.

UN conference ends with pledges to promote green growth in Asia-Pacific region

Government ministers from across the Asia-Pacific region today committed themselves at a United Nations conference to implement a plan to promote green growth that encourages economic development while still ensuring environmental sustainability.

Deputy UN chief urges increased global support for small island developing States

Economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities in small island developing States (SIDS) have deteriorated during the past 10 years, undermining their capacity to achieve the globally agreed development targets, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has said, urging the international community to provide more support to those countries.

Hong Kong teen takes top prize in UN environment agency’s painting competition

A painting warning of the dangers of pollution by a teenager from Hong Kong, China, beat out hundreds of thousands of entries from around the world to win this year’s United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) painting competition, it was announced today.

New UN online tool detects global fire hotspots in real time

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today unveiled a new online portal to help countries monitor fires and protect property with data from satellites operated by the United States space agency NASA.

Chinese children turn to art in UN environment contest

Millions of schoolchildren in China have demonstrated their concern for the environment by participating in a painting contest, using their artistic creativity to come up with images to illustrate their commitment to conservation, the United Nations environment agency said today.

Actor Don Cheadle named UN Goodwill Ambassador for environment

Actor Don Cheadle was today appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations environment agency during a ceremony in Rwanda to mark the World Environment Day.

Two national presidents among this year’s winners of top UN environment award

The Presidents of Guyana and Maldives are among six winners from government, science, business and entertainment to be awarded this year’s United Nations Champions of the Earth prize today for their leadership in environmental conservation.

UN-supported study reports promising gains towards low-carbon economy

A new United Nations-supported study released today shows that countries forged ahead with low-carbon growth economic strategies in the first quarter of this year despite the uncertainty surrounding international climate negotiations.

Uruguayan mill can operate despite breach of treaty, UN World Court rules

A pulp mill at the centre of an environmental dispute between Uruguay and neighbouring Argentina can stay open even though Uruguay breached a treaty between the two countries by constructing it, the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled today.