90 million life-forms inhabit our planet,humans are just one of them.

90 million life-forms inhabit our planet,humans are just one of them.

18,788 species out of 52,017, so far assessed by IUCN, are threatened with extinction.Achim Steiner, Under Secretary General of United Nations  and Executive Director of UNEP speaks at at Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea…. on 6 October 2014 . Ocassion :Keynote address by Achim Steiner Delivered at the Opening of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.It is an honour to address this distinguished gathering at the opening of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity - generously hosted by the Republic of Korea in the spectacular Pyeongchang region.This meeting marks the mid-point to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets. It offers a unique opportunity to take stock and evaluate progress to ensure we are on track in achieving common goals. The outcome of the meeting will also...
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Special Speech

2009 USEPA’s  Stratospheric Ozone Protection and Climate Protection Awards Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington DC, By Rajendra Shende, UNEP DTIE , 21 April 2009 Ms. Elizabeth Craig, award winners, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, My hearty congratulations to the award winners and my sincere appreciation to USEPA for admirable   organization of this evening’s momentous award ceremony in the landmark venue of Washington DC.  I consider it as immense privilege to address such a distinguished gathering and I thank the organizers for giving me this distinctive opportunity. What a day it was for me! In a single day, in Washington  today,  I met a Governor, a Senator, officials of EPA. NGO and Industry representatives and the action-enthusiasts who ‘just want to do it’. The spring is not only on the DC’s trees and around the Potomac river, I felt it in minds of the people. I smelled hope, I...
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An Opportunity to Change

International Workshop Global Trends in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Issues in Home Appliances By Rajendra Shende, UNEP DTIE, Paris Guangzhou, China 27-28 November 2008 It is pleasure to be here today with global gathering of friends, colleagues and experts from industries and governments for this workshop on Home Appliances. I would like to sincerely thank China Household Electrical Appliances Association (CHEAA) who has taken initiative in organizing this event. GTZ-Germany who is in fore front for promoting the environment friendly appliances is enthusiastic partner for this event and UNEP is indeed very happy to be working with both Chinese and German friends for making this timely event happen today. This event could not have occurred at more opportune time. The production and ownership of home appliances have grown at double digit rate over last decade in most of the merging economies .The world has  witnessing a dramatic change in all the...
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