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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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  • 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.

  • 13 Apr 2014
    IPCC Presents Assessment on Measures to Mitigate Climate Change
    Berlin, Germany, 13 April 2014 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group of the world’s leading climate change scientists established by the UN General Assembly and working under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization, has just released in Berlin, after 6 years of intensive work reviewing all available science, its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change. Among its main findings is that the concentration of Green House Gasses (GHGs) – gasses which cause climate change – have grown more quickly during the last decade that in each of the previous three decades.

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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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