Archive for February, 2012

Malaysia Supports a World Environment Organization

Feb 24, 2012 No Comments by

Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, former co-chair of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and current Science Advisor to the Prime Minster of Malaysia, has called for the establishment of a new specialized agency for the environment, reports Malaysian national news agency Bernama. Such an agency would increase coordination, science-policy integration, and implementation in addressing [...]

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Kenya Mourns Reform-Driven Environment Minister

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments by

On Tuesday, February 21st, 2012, the Hon. John Michuki, Kenya’s reform-driven environment minister, passed away. The minister, a hardworking and firm bureaucrat, succumbed to a heart attack in a Nairobi hospital just days after returning from treatment for a mild stroke in the United Kingdom. During the same week, the 12th Session of the Governing Council of UNEP was taking place [...]

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Planet Under Pressure Conference to Examine Global Environmental Research, Governance

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments by

London will host this year’s Planet Under Pressure Conference, from March 26th-29th. The Conference centers around the importance of sharing empirical research on global environmental issues with different stakeholders, such as international organizations, academics, senior policy makers, technology experts, NGO representatives, and the media. The emphasis on research is to provide uniform information on how [...]

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12th Special Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum Concluded in Nairobi

Feb 22, 2012 No Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme held the 12th Special Session of its Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) from 20-22 February 2012. Approximately 900 delegates from 150 countries, including environment ministers, diplomats, representatives of international organizations, major groups and stakeholders, attended the conference in the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Governing Council reviewed important and emerging policy issues [...]

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Climate Pollutants Initiative

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments by

On February 16th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the creation of a multilateral governance effort to address short-lived climate pollutants entitled, The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants. Environment ministers from Canada, Mexico, Sweden, and Bangladesh, as well as Ghana’s Ambassador to the US joined Secretary Clinton, Achim Steiner, [...]

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Governance for Sustainability is Most Pressing Issue – UNEP Foresight Panel and GEO-5 Say

Feb 20, 2012 No Comments by

‘Aligning Governance to the Challenges of Global Sustainability’ is the most pressing emerging issue in the environmental sphere, according to a report just released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report identifies and ranks 21 environmental issues which have the greatest potential impact on the well-being of humanity and the planet, yet receive [...]

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