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Italy gives 5 million euro to UN Environment Fund

6. February 2017 - 16:00
- Money will go to greening marine economy and boosting resource efficiency among others - Since 2014, Italy contributed over 10.5 euro million to the Environment Fund

European Commission, UN Environment step up cooperation to protect the world's oceans

5. January 2017 - 16:00
Green growth and biodiversity also on the agenda

UN Biodiversity Conference results in significant commitments for action on biodiversity

5. January 2017 - 16:00
Agreements reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development - Pledges and commitments in support of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity made by Business; Cities and Subnational Authorities, IPLCs and Youth; - Capacity-building strategy agreed for the Convention and its Protocols; - Protected areas on the land and in the oceans and seas, expanding considerably, with Mexico increasing marine protection to 23 per cent; - Marine agenda advances with work on marine debris, underwater noise and spatial planning; - Decisions made on Climate-related Geoengineering, synthetic biology and others.

As countries rush to protect their seas, endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh calls to preserve the Antarctic

5. January 2017 - 16:00
- Marine protected areas now cover 18.5 million km2 - over 5% of the global ocean and nearly 13% of territorial waters - Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh launches campaign to place an Antarctic area the size of Australia under protection - Mexico announces largest biological reserve in the country's history

Urban sprawl, mining and tourism are adding to the litter problem in mountains, but a new UN report shows way out

5. January 2017 - 16:00
- The 2015 Nepal earthquake produced 11 years-worth of debris in a single day - 140,000 kilograms of trash remain in Mt. Everest region following decades of tourism - Over a quarter of people in mountainous regions now live in cities

The Secretariat of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) strengthen cooperation on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

20. December 2016 - 16:00
- New agreement paves the way for enhanced cooperation between UN Environment and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states on environment and climate change - UN Environment working closely with the ACP Secretariat to support a more coherent and integrated approach towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals in African, Caribbean and Pacific states

More than 190 Governments prepare to take tough decisions to stop biodiversity decline worldwide

6. December 2016 - 16:00
- Governments need to ramp up efforts to stop biodiversity decline in light of pessimistic reports. - Time running out on global efforts to meet biodiversity targets with 2/3 still off track - Countries to focus on the value of biodiversity to engage other economic sectors as means of halting degradation - Ability to achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement is at stake

Loopholes in regulations allow illegal logging to thrive worldwide

3. December 2016 - 16:00
- Strict laws in some countries re-route illegal timber to less regulated markets - New report shows increased involvement of organized crime in illegal logging - Almost one-third of tropical timber traded worldwide may come from illegal forest land conversion

Six environmental leaders receive Champions of the Earth award - UN's top environmental prize

3. December 2016 - 4:00
President of Rwanda, Australian eco-innovator, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Indian organizer of world's largest beach clean-up, Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, and veteran Mexican biologist all lauded