UN environment agency seeks synergies between trade and environment rules

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) convened a one-day meeting in Geneva today to identify steps for ensuring that global trade rules and international environmental treaties become fully compatible.

UN warns of growing environmental threat posed by industrialization in Arctic

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today that by the year 2050, up to 80 per cent of the Arctic would be affected by mining, oil exploration, and other man-made impacts if the industrialization of one of the world's last wilderness areas continued at current rates.

On World Environment Day, UN launches global effort to assess ecosystems

Marking World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve the planet's resources, the United Nations today launched the first comprehensive global effort to evaluate the world's major ecosystems.

One of world's top wetlands ruined by drainage: UN environment agency

Close to 90 per cent of the Mesopotamian marshlands - better known as "the Fertile Crescent" - have been lost mainly as a result of drainage and damming, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

Environment dominates debates at UN population commission, chairman says

The relationship between demographic factors and environmental degradation -- now under discussion at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development -- remains a divisive issue, that body's chairman said today.