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  • Resource Efficiency
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Climate Change

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Integrating climate change responses into national development processes

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UNEP is focusing on both mitigation and adaptation and the objective is to strengthen the ability of countries in integrating climate change responses into national development processes. read more



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Disasters & Conflicts

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Minimizing environmental threats to human well-being

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Linkages between the environment, conflict and peacebuilding provides a critical opportunity for UNEP in Africa to positively influence the development process        read more

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Ecosystem Management

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Managing our Resources

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This thematic area aims at assisting countries in utilizing the ecosystem approach to enhance human well-being. Building on UNEP’s mandate to improve the scientific understanding of ecosystem functioning, this sub programme promotes an approach that addresses a whole ecological unit as a single system. read more

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Environmental Governance

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Managing environmental priorities.

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The activities of the sub programme ensures that environmental governance at the country, regional and global levels is strengthened to address agreed environmental priorities read more



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Chemicals & Waste

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Assessing the impacts of Harmful Substances

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UNEP’s objective is to minimize the impact of harmful substances and hazardous waste on the environment and human beings read more

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Resource Efficiency

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Promoting efficiency

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UNEP’s objective is to ensure natural resources are produced, processed and consumed in a more environmentally sustainable way read more

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Environment Under Review

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Contributing towards sustainable development

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The Environment Under Review sub programme aims to contribute to sustainable development and improved well-being through empowering stakeholders at global, regional and national levels. It aims to do this by providing open web platforms, services and access to timely, substantiated knowledge about the environment and emerging issues and by strengthening capacities to make use of substantiated knowledge in decision-making.

In Focus

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These Goals and targets, set out a supremely ambitious and transformational vision. A world
free of poverty, hunger, disease, where
all life can thrive.

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable

COP 21

The 21st COP to the UNFCCC on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11),  will be held in Paris, France from November 30th to December 11th. 


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28 – 30 November -Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Fifth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V)

29 Nov - 3 Dec - Johannesburg, South Africa

AfriCities Summit

6 December - Paris, France

Science-Policy Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Africa, Africa pavilion, COP21

7-9 December - ECA, Ethiopia 

Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration (CRCI): Enhancing Productive Integration for Africa’s Structural Transformation