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International Day for Biological Diversity 29 December 1998
Nairobi, 28 December 1998- Five years ago, on 29 December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity came into force. The Convention enjoined nations to cooperate to halt and reverse the accelerating loss of biological and genetic resources of our planet earth. The International Day for Biological Diversity is thus an occasion to remind us that conservation of biological diversity remains one of the greatest challenges facing humankind.
Tuesday 29 Dec 1998
Governments reaffirm UNEP's role as Environmental Conscience of the United Nations
New York/Nairobi, 15 December 1998- Heightened political support by Governments towards the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a solid reaffirmation of the organization's role as the environmental conscience of the United Nations are clear messages emanating from the 53rd UN General Assembly as it nears closure of the first part of its annual session.
Wednesday 16 Dec 1998
Convention on trade in dangerous chemicals and pesticides: Round of workshops started
Bangkok/Nairobi, 10 December 1998- Delegates from some 20 countries from the Asian region are attending a Regional Awareness Raising Workshop on the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure on international trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides.
Friday 11 Dec 1998
UNEP to receive financial support from Norwegian government for projects in five developing countries
Oslo/Nairobi, 11 December 1998- The Government of Norway and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed an agreement on a UNEP project: "Strategies and Mechanisms for Promoting Cleaner Production Investments in Developing Countries". The total project cost of NOK 36.7 million (Norwegian Kroner) (approximately US$5.6 million) over three years, will be funded by the Norwegian Government.
Friday 11 Dec 1998
Link desertification solutions to biodiversity, climate change and water issues, UNEP urges
Dakar/Nairobi, 9 December 1998- Calling the Convention to Combat Desertification a powerful weapon for reversing dryland degradation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is encouraging governments to seek synergies between the Convention and other major environmental agreements.
Wednesday 09 Dec 1998
Human rights day 10 December 1998 The right to a safe and healthy environment
10 December 1998 -United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
Wednesday 09 Dec 1998
UNEP and UNDP join forces to promote GEF activities addressing land degradation including desertification
Nairobi, 8 December 1998- A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed in November 1998 between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), promises to bring together the experience and expertise of these two United Nations agencies with Global Environment Facility (GEF) support in a partnership on the cross-cutting issue of land degradation.
Tuesday 08 Dec 1998
Statement by Mr. Klaus Toepfer at the Tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
Cairo, 23 November 1998 -Your Excellency, Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, Mr. Youssef Wally, Deputy Prime Minister, Mrs. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Minister of State for the Environment, Mr. Ibrahim Abdul Gelil, excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,
Monday 07 Dec 1998
Advisory committee calls for reform of INFOTERRA to make environmental information more accessible
Nairobi, November 1998- A radical re-invention of INFOTERRA, UNEP's global environmental information exchange network, is needed if it is to meet the public demand for better access to global environmental information in the new millennium, according to the programme's Advisory Committee.
Monday 07 Dec 1998
Africa-Environment Ministers Discuss AFRICA'S Environment Issues
4th December 1998Cape Town- African Ministers will end their two-day meeting Friday with a Cape Town declaration on an African mechanism for the development of the marine and coastal environment.
Monday 07 Dec 1998
UNEP calls for strong political commitment on developing and protecting Africa's coastal and marine environment
Cape Town/Nairobi, 3 December 1998 -Addressing African environment ministers here today, Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), called for a strong political commitment and greater international support in the on-going efforts to tackle the continent's marine and coastal problems.
Monday 07 Dec 1998
African solidarity on the marine environment
Cape Town/Nairobi, 7 December 1998 - On-going efforts to help solve Africa's environment and development problems received a boost last week as African countries agreed on the way forward for a more integrated and coordinated approach to deal with critical marine and coastal issues.
Monday 07 Dec 1998
Children demand closer international cooperation in environmental problems
Oslo, 30 November 1998 - Norwegian Pollution Control Authority today opens State of the Environment For Norway on the Internet.
Saturday 28 Nov 1998
Cairo ministerial meeting links climate change and ozone solutions
Cairo/Nairobi, 24 November 1998- Ministers and government experts from over 100 countries have gathered in Cairo to strengthen international efforts to reverse the destruction of the Earth's protective ozone layer.
Tuesday 24 Nov 1998
GRID-Arendal releases free MapInfo data of the Baltic Sea Region
Arendal, 18 November 1998- GRID-Arenda one of the environmental data and information centres under the United Nations Environment Programme, has recently released its popular Baltic Sea region GIS database in MapInfo format.
Wednesday 18 Nov 1998
Climate change meeting adopts Buenos Aires plan of action
Buenos Aires, 15 November 1998- A two-week meeting in Buenos Aires of 170 governments concluded on 14 November with the adoption of a two-year Plan of Action to reduce the risk of global climate change.
Tuesday 17 Nov 1998
UNEP hosts regional workshop on industrial transformation in Africa. Nairobi, 16-17 November 1998
Nairobi, 16 November 1998- About 30 selected experts with rich and diverse knowledge in the field of industry and related subjects are meeting (16-17 November) at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a workshop on industrial transformation in Africa.
Monday 16 Nov 1998
Air Pollution in Beijing Still Not under Control
Beijing November, 11 Xinhau- The Chinese capital of Beijing, the largest coal-user among the world capitals, does not have air pollution under effective control, said Qu Geping, China's most authoritative environmental expert, here today.
Saturday 14 Nov 1998
Environment ministers welcome efforts on the reform of the United Nations Environment Programme
Buenos Aires/Nairobi, 10 November 1998- Over two hundred delegates including thirty environment ministers attended the third meeting of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) High-level Committee of Ministers and Officials in Buenos Aires. The meeting, held on the margins of the Fourth Conference to the Parties (COP-4) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), focused on UNEP's contribution to the next meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), the ongoing reform of UNEP, as well as important issues related to the environmental aspects of oceans, tourism and other issues.
Wednesday 11 Nov 1998
Central America: Quality of Environmental Quality Shows Rapid Decline
Washington, November 3, 1998- At the same time that Central America had developed ecological reserves, the environmental quality of the biologically-diverse region was in rapid decline, according to "State of Environment," a joint report by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations, and international financial institutions.
Friday 06 Nov 1998
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