United Nations Launches E-Learning Initiative in over 160 Developing Countries

A new United Nations (UN) e-Learning initiative, launched in Berlin on December 6, 2008 will offer developing countries opportunities to draw upon a rich array of training and capacity-building resources.

Qatar and United Nations (UN) Pave Way for Environmentally-Friendly, Paper-Free Events

Paper-free or near paperless conferences may soon be in sight under a pioneering initiative by the Government of Qatar and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), announced on November 16th, 2008.

Children Artists Join Forces with the UN to Combat Climate Change

Young artists from around the world are lending their support to global efforts to combat climate change through Paint for the Planet, an exhibit and auction of children's art in New York.

Take a Five-Second Flight to Top Environmental Hot Spots: UNEP Uses Google Earth to Put You in Cockpit of New Eco-Monitoring Service.

UNEP Uses Google Earth to Put You in Cockpit of New Eco-Monitoring Service People can “fly” to some of the world’s most dramatic environmental hotspots courtesy of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)’s innovative use of the popular mapping tool Google Earth.

Netherlands Inaugurate New Mobile Laboratory to Support United Nations

An innovative mobile laboratory developed by the Netherlands to support international response to environmental emergencies was officially inaugurated by the Ministers of Environment and Development Cooperation in The Hague on 18 August 2008.

North Kivu, DR Congo Chicken Egg Project Provides Food For Thought

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and an implementing partner have hatched a pilot project aimed at improving the nutritional needs of displaced Congolese in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Barriers to a Green Economy Breaking Down According to UNEP Year Book 2008

An emerging Green Economy is seen in the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) 2008 Year Book which indicates that growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors are pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into cleaner and renewable energies.

New Development Brings Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) to 37 More Developing Nations

The United Nations Environment Program, Yale University, International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers, and over 340 international publishers and prestigious scientific societies and associations announced on November 6, 2007, the launch of the second phase of ‘Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), a global development consortium that was founded in October 2006 to provide developing countries access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science research online, and for little or no cost.

Revised International Health Regulations Imposed to Respond to International Public Health Threats

The world will start implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR) agreed to in 2005. This legally-binding agreement will significantly contribute to international public health security by providing a new framework for the coordination of the management of events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concerns, and will improve the capacity of all countries to detect, assess, notify and respond to public health threats.

New Security for Coral Reefs: Red and Pink Corals Get United Nations Trade Protection

 Trade in red and pink corals prized as jewelry for 5,000 years will be restricted to try to help the species recover after drastic over-exploitation, a United Nations wildlife conference, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES),  agreed on June 15, 2007.

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