Climate Change in North America

North America is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change and impacts are likely to become more intense in future. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events have contributed to loss of crop yield in many countries. Crop yields are projected to decline by a further 10 percent by 2020. More
Disasters and conflicts in North America

In North America, UNEP works with its Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch in Geneva to understand and reduce the impacts of environmental degradation from disasters and conflicts on human health, livelihoods and security. It also emphasizes the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably-managed resources in reducing the risk of disasters and conflicts More
Ecosystem Management in North America

The North America region boasts a high level of biological and cultural diversity which has greatly shaped its history and economic activities. While the region occupies less than 10 per cent of the planet's total surface, it is home to more than half of the world's human population and some of the most diverse plant and animal species in the world. More
Environmental Governance in North America
Support to UN common country programming processes – UNEP has a global programme focusing on UN common country programming processes and the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability and climate change within them. This is implemented through the Regional Offices, with coordinators in each office who work with the UN Country Teams in their region, primarily in countries that are rolling out their UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) More
Harmful Substances in North America

In North America, harmful and hazardous waste threatens millions of people. Left unchecked, these wastes could pose severe hazards.
Asia's high population density and often tropical climate put it especially at risk for contamination. Regulations have increased but enforcement remains inadequate. More
Resource Efficiency in North America

Most of the global growth in resource use has occurred in high-income Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, but recently the Asia and the Pacific region has emerged as a major global resource consumer and has surpassed the rest of world in material use. More
Environment Under Review in North America

The Environment Under Review sub-programme aims to empower regional stakeholders in their policy and decision-making by providing scientific information and knowledge and keeping the environment under review. It works closely with a large number of partners and collaborating centres in all regions of the world and has established functional networks for data...

Record Number of Species Proposed for International Protection under UN Treaty on Migratory Species

Polar Bears, Sharks and the African Lion among Species Considered Under Serious Threat

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UNEP Commends Extraordinary Efforts of Thousands of Scientists and Calls for Global Response Commensurate with the Scale of Challenges Ahead.

Statement by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on the Approval of the IPCC Synthesis of Assessment Report 5

Christiana Figueres Reacts to IPCC Synthesis Report.

Climate Change Threatens Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts, But Options Exist to Limit its Effects

COPENHAGEN, Nov 2 - Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. However, options are available to adapt to climate change and implementing stringent mitigations activities can ensure that the impacts of climate change remain within a manageable range, creating a brighter and more sustainable future.

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