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UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Oct 12, 2015 New UN Report Details Link between Climate Change and Human Rights
Released on Human Rights Day, ahead of the finalization of a new climate agreement, Climate Change and Human Rights provides a comprehensive study of the links between human rights law and climate change.
Sep 12, 2015 Climate Bonds and UNEP Inquiry Launch Green Bond Policy Report 'Scaling Green Bond Markets - Guide for the Public Sector'
"The potential opportunity of the green bond market has caught policy makers' attention." - Nick Robins, Co-Director of the UNEP Inquiry
Jul 28, 2015 UNEP and Brazil Launch Research Project to Manage Mercury Risks
The Minamata Convention paves the way for greater international cooperation on mercury pollution and global efforts to remove a serious health and environmental threat from the lives of people across the globe
Jul 22, 2015 UNEP Executive Director Addresses EU Environment Ministers Ahead of COP21
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner delivered two keynote speeches at the EU Environment Ministers Informal Council today, discussing both the upcoming adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate financing.
Jul 14, 2015 UNEP Receives 2015 Africa Peace Award for Environmental and Development Work
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) received on Monday the Africa Peace Award, conferred by the United Religions Initiative-Africa (URI-Africa) to distinguished individuals or organizations for efforts towards sustainable peace, environmental protection, development, democracy and good leadership on the continent.
Jun 25, 2015 UNEP Executive Director Wraps Up Successful Visit To Seychelles
The West Indian Ocean has the power to drive the economies of the region, but we must be vigilant. Regional countries can ensure the WIO is a viable resource for decades to come with a Blue Economy approach.
Jun 23, 2015 Western Indian Ocean's Pristine Ecosystems, Valued at US $25 Billion Annually, Under Threat
Growing populations and economies in the Western Indian Ocean region are increasing risks to the world's least ecologically disturbed coasts, where ecosystem services are conservatively valued at US$25 billion annually, according to a new report by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released on the 30th Anniversary of signing of the Nairobi Convention.
Jun 23, 2015 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) commissions MODUL University Vienna
Pioneering web intelligence technology for air quality, biodiversity and climate change
Mar 20, 2015 Ahead of World Water Day, UN Calls for Better Management of Water Resources
The report stresses the urgent need to change the way we use and manage this water resources.
Mar 20, 2015 Vienna Convention Celebrates Three Decades of Successful Science-Based Global Action to Protect the Ozone Layer
The ozone layer is healing itself and is expected to recover by the middle of this century.
Mar 17, 2015 Achim Steiner and Heads of UN Agencies in Nairobi Sign Up for HeForShe Campaign
Women and children are disproportionately affected by indoor emissions from inefficient cookstoves which cause nearly 2 million premature deaths every year
Mar 03, 2015 The UNEP-China-Africa Cooperation Programme: Enhancing the Role of Ecosystem Management in Climate Change Adaptation Report
A flagship of South-South Cooperation, the UNEP-China-Africa Cooperation Programme completed its second phase with a report launched during the 15th session of African Ministerial Conference on the Environment.
Jan 07, 2015 UNEP Executive Director and IUCN Director General Meet with Environmental and Sustainable Development NGOs
United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner and International Union for Conservation of Nature Director General Inger Andersen today had the opportunity to meet with leaders of a number of environment and sustainable development NGOs to discuss and exchange views on major issues affecting the global environment and sustainability agenda.
Jan 02, 2015 UNEP Chief Discusses Sustainable Development with Group of African Small Islands Developing States
Accelerating climate change is a global threat, but for many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) the challenges are more dramatic.
Nov 18, 2014 UNEP Hosts Solution Forum for Green and Sustainable Economies at the Global South-South Development Expo
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is hosting a solution forum under the theme, Green Economies for Sustainable Economies at the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo this week, which brings together solution providers and seekers as well as over 20 UN agencies and partners to look at how South-South Cooperation (SSC) can contribute to sustainable development.
Nov 17, 2014 Opening Statement by Achim Steiner at the Joint meeting of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.
By 2030, the Protocol may be preventing 2 million cases of skin cancer each year. It will have prevented significant loss of food crops which in turn would have compounded future severe food security challenges.
Oct 31, 2014 World-First REDD+ Academy Launched in Indonesia
Parliamentarians, media and deforestation experts come together in the effort to save Indonesia's forests
Oct 30, 2014 H.E. President Kenyatta of Kenya and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Witness Adoption of New Plan to Set in Motion Africas Sustainable Transport Transition
Air Pollution, Sustainable Fuels, Road Safety to be addressed by Ministers of World's Most Rapidly Urbanizing Continent
Oct 12, 2014 UNEP-Coordinated Coalition Aims to Support Climate Change Fight through Measuring Emission Reductions from Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Projects
Global Shift to Energy Efficiency and Renewables Could Save Gigatons of Carbon Dioxide Emissions Each Year.
Sep 17, 2014 Caribbean's Largest Small Island Developing State Charts New Pathway to a Sustainable Future
From combatting desertification and drought, to disaster preparedness, and the better management of natural resources and protected areas, Cuba is well on its way to implementing the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A. Pathway) - the main outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), recently held in Apia, Samoa.


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