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UNEP's North American region comprises Canada and the United States of America. UNEP RONA’s mission is to build support in the region for UNEP's work, to promote effective responses to international environmental challenges and to foster cooperation on environmental issues between North America and the broader international community. To achieve this mission, UNEP RONA’s strategy is to promote collaboration between UNEP and all sectors of North American society, including U.S. and Canadian governmental institutions, the private sector and civil society groups, and to provide UNEP with North American perspectives.


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  • 22 Apr 2014
    Today, UNEP launched the Video-Blogging Competition Showdown
    Today, UNEP launched the Video-Blogging Competition Showdown, where we will be promoting the five finalists of the World Environment Day video-blogging competition until April 27. The finalists will show us their efforts in promoting their video messages through social media, and the popularity of the video will be one important factor in the selection of the big winner by award-winning American actor and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Don Cheadle. Each of the five videos is very different from the other, and it's quite interesting to see what these young video-bloggers came up with. For more information and to view the videos, visit: http://unep.org/wed/vlogging-competition
  • 15 Apr 2014
    New Study Shows Kenya’s Shift to Green Economy Should Generate USD 45 Billion by 2030, Build Climate Resilience and Boost Food Security Positive Returns Projected within Seven to Ten Years

    Nairobi, 15 April 2014 – Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits – equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030 – as well as greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources, according to a new study launched Tuesday by the Government of Kenya and the UN Environment Programme. The Green Economy Assessment Report: Kenya finds that the transition to an inclusive, low emission , resource efficient green economy will result in stronger economic growth and increased wealth creation opportunities by 2021.

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UNEP's Regional Office for North America (RONA) will hold a North American Major Groups and Stakeholders Consultation on 3-4 December 2013, at the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C. For more information about UNEP’s civil society involvement, click here.

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"As the voice of the environment in the United Nations, UNEP is proud that its Regional Office for North America has achieved LEED Gold certification. This achievement demonstrates that green building and office practices are indeed possible, through strong partnerships and a shared commitment to our planet."

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UNEP Executive Director

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