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Nairobi/Geneva, 27 December 2001 - Developing countries which open up their waters to foreign fishing fleets may lose far more than they gain, studies show.

Thursday 27 Dec 2001

20 December 2001 - "Progress towards the goals established at Rio has been slower than anticipated and in some respects conditions are worse than they were ten years ago," according to a new report issued by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today. But with strong political will, practical steps, and strong partnerships, several key hurdles that have caused the rather uneven results in the implementation of sustainable development can be overcome, he said.

Thursday 20 Dec 2001

December 18, 2001 - Global temperature data for the first 10 months of 2001 indicate that it likely will be the second warmest year since recordkeeping began in 1867. Following the all-time high of 1998, this year's near-record extends a strong trend of rising temperatures that began in the late 1970s. The 15
warmest years since 1867 have all come since 1980.

Thursday 20 Dec 2001

Nairobi/Paris, 18 December 2001 - A pioneering project to map the solar and wind resource of 13 developing countries is launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Tuesday 18 Dec 2001

Arendal 17 December 2001 - The declining state of the world's freshwater resources, in terms of quantity and quality, may prove to be the dominant issue on the environment and development agenda of the coming century. About one-third of the world's population lives in countries with moderate to high water stress;

Monday 17 Dec 2001

13th December 2001 - Norwegian Minister of Environment, Børge Brende: "Through more than fifty years the UN has worked for human rights and peace. For this effort the UN and its Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan rightly deserve to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2001. The question is whether the UN also can be strengthened to meet the most probable greatest challenge during the next fifty years -the global environmental problems."

Thursday 13 Dec 2001

The United Nations, New York, 11 December 2001 - Armed conflict and hunger must be eradicated to protect the world's fragile mountain ecosystems and alleviate the desperate poverty that exists in many mountain communities, said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, at the global launch of the International Year of Mountains at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Tuesday 11 Dec 2001

Nairobi, 6 December 2001 - Environmental issues should form part of the package being considered by Governments for the rehabilitation of Afghanistan, Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, said today.

Thursday 06 Dec 2001

Copenhagen, 6 December 2001 - Why has wind energy grown faster in Germany than Britain, and energy from solar panels expanded more quickly in Spain than Greece?

Thursday 06 Dec 2001

Bonn/Nairobi, 4 December 2001 - Many of the world's reservoirs, upon which billons of people depend for drinking water and food production, are suffering significant reductions in storage capacity as a result of sedimentation, an international conference on freshwater was told today.

Tuesday 04 Dec 2001

Nairobi, 28 November 2001 - The Government of the Netherlands have almost doubled their contribution to the core budget of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the year 2001, it was announced today.

Wednesday 28 Nov 2001

Nairobi, 22 November 2001 - Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has been re-elected for a second term.

Friday 23 Nov 2001

New York, 20 November 2001 - The negative effects of land-based activities on seas and coasts are growing both in scale and type, and are increasingly damaging the environment, scientists are warning.

Tuesday 20 Nov 2001

Nairobi, 15 November 2001 - Environment, fighting poverty and the push towards sustainable development have moved towards the centre of the international trade debate following the historic Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Doha, Qatar.

Thursday 15 Nov 2001

London, 14 November 2001 - Responsible tourism is the job of everyone involved. It is the job of governments and local authorities, the industry including training schools and hotel managers, of tour operators and the tourists themselves.

Wednesday 14 Nov 2001

Marrakech/Nairobi/Manila 8 November, 2001 - Harvests of some of the world's most important food crops could fall by as much as a third in some crucial parts of the planet as a result of climate change, scientists are warning.

Thursday 08 Nov 2001

New York 7 November 2001 - Human activity has affected every part of the planet, no matter how remote, and every ecosystem, from the simplest to the most complex. Everywhere we face critical decisions, according to The State of World Population 2001 report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Wednesday 07 Nov 2001

7 Nov 2001 - "For the first time since the oil age began, the world has the technology to wean itself from petroleum coming from the politically volatile Middle East," says Lester R. Brown in his new book, Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth.

Wednesday 07 Nov 2001

29 October 2001 - A new international law, described by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as 'the most ambitious venture in environmental democracy undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations', will enter into force tomorrow, 30 October 2001.

Tuesday 30 Oct 2001

24 October 2001 - UN Day 2001 is a special day for every member of the United Nations family, and for everyone who believes in the ideals of our Organization. This year, the United Nations has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for our work in promoting peace, defending human rights, and fighting poverty.

Wednesday 24 Oct 2001
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