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World Environment Day

Environment day can send a message to Rio + 20

In their messages on World Environment Day, Senior UN officials have called for actions by world leaders to “fulfill the promise of the Earth Summit”,  at the Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development next year.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon welcomed many of the changes since the 1992 Earth Summit, 20 years ago, such as the hundreds of millions that have risen from poverty. “Yet, evidence is also accumulating of profound and potentially irreversible changes in the ability of the planet to sustain our progress, “says the Secretary-General.

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Investing Just 0.034 Percent More of Global GDP Could Halve Deforestation, Generate Millions of Jobs and Combat Climate Change

Investing an additional US$40 billion a year in the forestry sector could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140 per cent by 2050, and catalyze the creation of millions of new jobs according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), published on 5 June, World Environment Day 2011.

Backed by the right kinds of enabling policies, such an investment - equivalent to about two-thirds more than what is spent on the sector today - could also sequester or remove an extra 28 per cent of carbon from the atmosphere, thus playing a key role in combating climate change.

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The Secretary-General's message on World Environment Day - 5 June 2011

Ban Ki-moon Secretary General, UNNearly 20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit, the world is once again on the road to Rio – the site of the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.  Much has changed in the past two decades, geopolitically and environmentally.  Hundreds of millions of people in Asia, Latin America – and, increasingly, in Africa – have risen from poverty.  Yet, evidence is also accumulating of profound and potentially irreversible changes in the ability of the planet to sustain our progress. 

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Do you choose Team Gisele or Team Don?

WED Challenge 2011Let the Environment Day Challenge begin!

For this years World Environment Day (WED) on June 5th, The Goodwill Ambassadors of the United Nations Environment Programme Gisele Bündchen and Don Cheadle are battleling for your vote in the ultimate WED Challenge (Link to video ).

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International year of forests

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

Forests cover 31% of total land area while at the same time supporting 80% of terrestrial biodiversity that live in them. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in these forests, making them crucial to sustaining ecosystems. Not only animals live in the forests, as they also provide a home to more than 300 million people worldwide.

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UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen and Don Cheadle go head to head for the WED Challenge.