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Achim Steiner Reappointed as Executive Secretary of UNEP

Mar 14, 2014 No Comments by

Following the recommendation of the Secretary-General, the General Assembly has extended for two years the appointment of Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Mr. Steiner’s new term will begin on June 15th, 2014. Achim Steiner is the fifth Executive Director of UNEP, first elected to a four-year term in [...]

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Opens Inaugural Meeting of UN Scientific Advisory Board

Jan 31, 2014 No Comments by

The United Nations Scientific Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting on January 30th, 2014. Opening remarks were given by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who hailed the importance of the new body in shaping political action on issues of sustainable development, the reduction of inequality, and the eradication of poverty. “We need scientific approaches that overcome [...]

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UN Scientific Advisory Board to Hold Inaugural Meeting

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments by

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the United Nations Secretary-General will meet for the first time on January 30th and 31st in Berlin. The agenda for the meeting includes discussion on the Board’s role and functions, as well as how to link science to high-level policy discussions within the UN system. The meeting will be [...]

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Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance Formed

Dec 04, 2013 No Comments by

In cooperation with WWF, eight consumer brand companies have announced the formation of the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) to operate as a pre-competitive, multi-stakeholder forum focused on potential feedstock sources for bio-based plastics. The stated aim of the BFA is to “support the responsible development of plastics made from plant material, helping to build a [...]

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Malasia to Build New Biomass Refinery

Nov 12, 2013 2 Comments by

Malaysia has announced plans to build the world’s second refinery capable of converting biomass waste into usable products. The announcement came on November 4th, 2013 at the High Level Forum on Biodiversity and Development Post-2014 in Kuala Lumpur. The announcement furthers Malaysia’s attempts to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals and the forthcoming Sustainable Development [...]

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Recap: From Rio+20 to 2015 Conference Outcomes

Nov 08, 2013 No Comments by

Jointly organized by the Governance, Environment, and Markets (GEM) Initiative at Yale University, and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Rio+20 to 2015: A New Architecture for a Sustainable New World Conference at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies concluded on November 2nd, 2013. The conference, spanning two days, brought tight focus to the [...]

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