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Issue 16: The opportunity for change


We are at a pivotal moment in history. This century, this decade, this year – is like no other in its importance to the future of human life on Earth.

Issue 15: Basel Convention hosts World Forum on E-Wastes


The member governments of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal met at the United Nations Office in Nairobi from 27 November to 1 December to see

Issue 14: From knowledge to action


Since its creation, UNEP has been a catalyst for international action on the environment.

Issue 13: International Year of Deserts and Desertification


The issue of desertification is often obscured by an all-too-common misperception: that it involves a “natural” problem of advancing deserts in faraway developing countries.

Issue 12: The Roles of Cities in Sustainable Development


The increasing importance of cities for the environment makes the “Green Cities” theme of World Environment Day 2005 very timely.

Issue 11: The International Year for Sport and Physical Education


In November 2003, the fifty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 58/5 entitled “Sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace”.

Issue 10: Invaders of the Geneva basin


To celebrate its 100th Anniversary, the Botanical garden and herbarium of Geneva (CJBG) will hold a series of public events, one of which is an exhibition entitled “Envahisseurs!” (Invasive species

Issue 9: New Annex for International Environment House


Residents and visitors at the International Environment House will have noticed the new building taking shape right next door.

Issue 8: Conflict and the environment: lessons learned


Military conflicts always bring human suffering. But what do we know about their environmental consequences? What risks do they pose to human health and the recovery process?

Issue 7: Mountains: Safeguarding our future


With more than half of humanity depending on mountains to provide the water it needs to drink, grow food, generate electricity and sustain economic development, IUCN would be disregarding our commo

Issue 6: The health agenda for Johannesburg


The Rio conference in 1992 heralded a new approach to dealing with environment and development issues and represented a significant advance in thinking since the Stockholm conference on the human e

Issue 5: IPCC sounds alarm on climate change


When the UN Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization launched the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988, no one imagined how effective and influential its

Issue 4: Preparing for Rio+10


The review conference in 2002, ten years after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, offers Governments and others the opportunity to not only revi

Issue 3: CITES rules on elephants, whales, turtles


The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, whose secretariat is located at the International Environment House, held its 11th conference of the Parties at UNEP’s Nairobi headquart

Issue 2: Geneva Environment Network gets active


The second half of 1999 saw the Geneva Environment Network (GEN) grow from an idea into a reality.

Issue 1: Networking the environment


“Synergies” and collaboration”: these new catch-phrases are a response to the growing complexity of global environmental challenges and the institutional arrangements that have evolved for respondi

Les droits de l'Homme et l'environnement

Les droits de l'Homme et l'environnement Le droit international s'est intéressé aux droits de l'Homme bien avant qu'il ne s'occupe de questions environnementales.

La précaution de Rio à Johannesburg

La précaution de Rio à Johannesburg Le concept de précaution est à la base de la majeure partie des politiques écologiques contemporaines.