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Climate Change



Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Climate Change

Reducing short-lived climate pollutants -- black carbon (soot), methane, tropospheric ozone, and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- could slow down global warming by as much as 0.5 degrees Celsius by 2050.  Read more

Disasters & Conflicts



Minimizing Food Waste

Disasters & Conflicts

One-third of all food production -- totaling 1.3 billion tons-- is lost or wasted annually. Food lost or wasted can have many negative economic and environmental impacts, including carbon dioxide emissions and, pressures on land, water, soil, and other natural resources. Read more

Ecosystem Management



Tackling Marine Debris

Ecosystem Management

Marine debris poses a dire, vast and growing threat to marine life and the coastal environment. Most marine debris consists of material that degrades slowly, if at all. Thus, the continuous input of an estimated 6.4 million tons of debris that reaches the oceans each year is a cumulative problem with significant negative consequences. Read more



Environmental Governance



Raising Awareness on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Environmental Governance

Illegal trade in wildlife is resulting in dramatic declines in wildlife populations and habitat loss around the world. It also hinders development progress at local and national levels; it undermines the rule of law, and increases threats to human security. Read more

Chemicals & Waste



Phasing Out the Use of Lead Paint

Chemicals & Waste

While the use of lead paint for most purposes in North America has been banned for decades, many nations in the world continue to allow the unrestricted use of lead paint in homes and public buildings. This has serious consequences – especially for children. Read more

Resource Efficiency



Improving Global Air Quality and Fuel Efficiency

Resource Efficiency

Air pollution today is considered the single largest global environmental health risk, with approximately 7 million air pollution related deaths annually in 2012. UNEP seeks to improve air quality to protect human health through its programs and capacity building efforts.  Read more

Environment Under Review



Addressing Challenges in the Arctic

Environment Under Review

With warming in the Arctic increasing at twice the global average since 1980, the region is experiencing a profound and rapid transformation.  UNEP RONA is working with arctic nations in North America to improve the management of shared natural resources.  Read more

Latest News



UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Don Cheadle, Urges Governments and Global Citizens to Commit to Tackle Climate Change, Protect the Environment and Eliminate Lead in Paint


Nairobi, 15 April 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) calls on writers and bloggers worldwide to create a blog post on the 2015 World Environment Day (WED) theme for a chance to win a trip to Milan, Italy, this year's WED global host.


New York, 9 April 2015 - The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) reached New York City on Thursday, concluding its Atlantic crossing in a journey that will take its crew over 40,000 nautical miles as they attempt to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollut

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Event Calendar

Title: Global Trends in Renewable Energy: Disruptive Technologies in an Age of Uncertainty
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:30
Title: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:00
Title: Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 11:00


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