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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



June 18, 2015 - UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme Achim Steiner issued the following statement today following the release of His Holiness Pope Francis' second encyclical:


Nairobi, 8 June 2015 - A report released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the occasion of World Oceans' Day recommends a precautionary approach toward microplastic management, with an eventual phase-out and ban of their use in personal care products and cosmetics (PCCP).


Washington, D.C., 8 June 2015 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and nationally-syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey have collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to showcase the Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey video

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Event Calendar

Title: World Environment Day
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 08:00
Title: World Oceans Day
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 10:00


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