Delegates try to link environment with economy at UN assembly

Delegates try to link environment with economy at UN assembly

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 23 (UPI) --Delegates are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this week for the first ever United Nations Environmental Assembly to discuss conservation and sustainability issues.
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U.N. report warns that more land being lost to agriculture

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Demand for more farmland worldwide poses a threat to the global environment, a United Nations report said.
Report: Door closing on easy climate solutions

Report: Door closing on easy climate solutions

BRUSSELS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A U.N. report on greenhouse gas emissions shows combating climate change requires an international effort, the European Union's climate commissioner said.

World's nations signing treaty to halt mercury pollution

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Nations have begun signing a treaty intended to curb mercury pollution and the use of the toxic metal in products around the world, the United Nations says.

IPCC panel mulls global warming slowdown

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Panelists at a climate-change conference in Sweden are looking for more answers on a reported slowdown in global temperature increases, a scientist said.

U.S. and China agree to reduce climate-damaging HFCs

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- The United States and China have agreed to reduce the use of hydro fluorocarbons, or HFCs, a heat-trapping pollutant typically used in refrigerators, air conditioners and other industrial and household products.

Green economy good business, UNEP says

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 (UPI) -- Expanding interests in renewable energy technology could provide broad economic opportunities, the U.N. Environment Program said from Nairobi.

UNEP: Solar can allay fuel poverty

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Countries that move from fueled lighting systems to solar power could save billions of dollars per year, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said from Kenya.

U.N. worried by arctic resource drive

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Awareness of the issue of melting arctic sea ice is much higher than the international community's attention to the matter, a U.N. official said from Nairobi.
U.N. urges protection of arctic regions

U.N. urges protection of arctic regions

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- As melting arctic sea ice brings an international rush to claim the region's resources, measures are needed to avoid damage in the region, a U.N. report says.

Asia meeting addresses air pollution

BANGKOK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Officials from 19 Asian countries have begun discussions on how to reduce air pollutants produced in the Asia-Pacific region, the United Nations announced.

Swiss, EU leaders hail mercury treaty

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Swiss and other European leaders this week hailed the adoption of a UN-backed global treaty curbing releases of mercury, known as the Minamata Convention.

U.N. agrees on mercury pollution measures

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution worldwide, the United Nations says.

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Mercury said risk in developing countries

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- People in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, a U.N. report says.
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Achim Steiner
Susan Solomon (3L), speaks to journalists during a press conference at UNESCO in Paris, February 2, 2007, as from L to R: IPCC WGI co-chair Dahe Qin; IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri; the secretary general of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Michel Jarraud and the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, look on. The UN climate panel issued its strongest warning yet that human activities are heating the planet, adding pressure on governments to do more to combat accelerating global warming. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)

Achim Steiner (born 1961 in Brazil) is a German expert in environmental politics. From 2001 to 2006 he was Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Since June 2006 he has been Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Acting on the nomination of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN General Assembly unanimously elected Steiner as the Executive Director of UNEP on 16 March 2006 for a four-year term, effective 15 June 2006. In this office he succeeded Klaus Töpfer. He became the fifth Executive Director in UNEP's history. Effective as of 1 March 2009, Achim was also appointed Director-General of the UN Offices at Nairobi (UNON).

At its 83rd plenary meeting, on 22 April 2010, the General Assembly, on the proposal of the Secretary-General, re-elected Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for another four-year term of office beginning on 15 June 2010 and ending on 14 June 2014.

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