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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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  • 23 Sep 2014
    New Global Alliance for Energy- Efficient Appliances and Equipment Launched Latin American and Caribbean Countries Could Save Over 10 per cent in Electricity Consumption Worldwide Transition to Energy- Efficient Products Would Save US $350 Billion Annually

    New York, 23 September 2014
    – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a new initiative to accelerate the transition to more efficient appliances and equipment to reduce global energy demand, mitigate climate change and improve access to energy.

  • 23 Sep 2014
    United Nations and leading investors launch Coalition to decarbonize institutional investment worldwide at UN Summit Commitment to decarbonize $100 billion of investment

    Nairobi / New York, 23 September 2014
    – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from government, finance, business and civil society to bring bold announcements and actions on climate change to the Summit. In response, a group of leading institutional investors - including two of the largest asset managers, and pension funds in Europe - have joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), to substantially reduce the carbon footprint of US$100 billion of institutional investment worldwide.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    UNEP Launches School Food Waste Competition
    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...

  • 10 Sep 2014
    Ozone Layer on Track to Recovery 
    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...

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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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"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."

-Achim Steiner,
UNEP Executive Director

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