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Six environmental leaders receive Champions of the Earth award - UN's top environmental prize

President of Rwanda, Australian eco-innovator, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Indian organizer of world's largest beach clean-up, Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, and veteran...

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The Emissions Gap Report 2016

The Emissions Gap Report tracks the policy commitments made by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and analyses how these policies will translate into emissions reductions through 2030,

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Countries agree to curb powerful greenhouse gases in largest climate breakthrough since Paris

Reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Kigali Amendment can prevent up to 0.5°C of global warming, while continuing to protect the ozone layer

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Gorillas on the Rise

On October 12th, 2016 the Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim, visited the Agashya gorilla group at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

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Priority Areas

Climate Change

UN Environment’s Climate Change sub-programme focuses on helping countries to pursue low-emission development pathways and strengthen their adaptation and resilience capacities to the changing climate. In... Read More

Disasters and Conflicts

UN Environment works in dozens of crisis-affected countries across the globe. We support governments and other stakeholders to minimize the threats to human well-being from the environmental causes and... Read More

Environmental Governance

Everyone can live in safe and healthy societies when we come together to responsibly manage our environment. That is why UN Environment works with countries and organizations to promote stronger... Read More

Chemicals and Waste

Chemicals and waste are integral to our life, but also have major impacts on the environment and human health. UN Environment’s Chemicals and Waste sub-programme catalyzes action by helping governments,... Read More

Resource Efficiency

UN Environment's Resource Efficiency sub-programme supports countries, the private sector and other stakeholders to adopt sustainable consumption and production practices as well as policies that support... Read More

Environment Under Review

Integrated assessments, Big Data, sensor technologies and citizen science help to continuously keep the environment under review. Policymakers need such information to develop policies contributing to the... Read More

Ecosystem Management

UN Environment helps governments, the private sector and communities to reconcile competing and growing demands for ecosystem goods and services, such as water and food, with biodiversity conservation and... Read More

Our Executive Director

Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

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