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  • Climate Change
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  • Environmental Governance
  • Chemicals & Waste
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Environment Under Review


Climate Change


Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Climate Change

From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly. Read more


Disasters & Conflicts


Easing the Conflict and Disaster Burden 

Disasters & Conflicts

UNEP works to understand and reduce the impacts of environmental degradation from disasters and conflicts on human health, livelihoods and security. We also emphasize the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably-managed resources in reducing the risk of disasters and conflicts. 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


Minimizing Food Waste

Resource Efficiency

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


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

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