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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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  • 17 Sep 2014
    UNEP Launches School Food Waste Competition Think.Eat.Save Student Challenge

    Nairobi, 17 September 2014:
    Students get set to compete for thousands of dollars of prizes as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launches the Think.Eat.Save Student Challenge.

    The Think.Eat.Save Student Challenge aims to encourage secondary school and university students from around the world to uncover and understand – through the design and implementation of hands-on projects – how much food waste they are producing and the impact it is having on the environment and economy.

  • 10 Sep 2014
    Ozone Layer on Track to Recovery  Success Story Should Encourage Action on Climate

    Nairobi/Geneva, 10 September 2014 (UNEP/WMO)
    – The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, according to a new assessment by 300 scientists. The Assessment for Decision-Makers, a summary document of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, is being published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and is the first comprehensive update in four years.

  • 10 Sep 2014
    From Mobile Solar Computer Classrooms to Novel Baobab Products: Green Entrepreneurship is Thriving Across Africa and Beyond
    Nairobi, 10 September 2014
    – Nairobi plays host to one of the largest gatherings of start-up social and environmental enterprises ever, as 41 green entrepreneurs are celebrated at the 2014 SEED Awards Africa Symposium, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

  • 02 Sep 2014
    With Almost 30 % of their Population Threatened by Sea Level Rise, Small Island Developing States Need ‘Blue-Green Economy’ Innovations to Adapt to Climate Change 
    Apia, Samoa, 2 September 2014
    – Facing rising sea levels, increasingly frequent natural disasters, major waste and pollution challenges and weakening family structures, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the globe require a fresh round of innovative solutions, ranging from economic diversification to island-based technological and...

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UNEP educates the public about the world's oceans with its video series: Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey

UNEP educates the public about the world's oceans with its video series: Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey
RONA celebrates World Oceans Day with UN Family in Washington D.C.

UNEP is proud that 4 out 6 "Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey" videos have been chosen as finalists at BLUE

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Sarasota County rallies behind World Environment Day
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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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UNEP Executive Director

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