Food systems

A sustainable food system (SFS) is a food system that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for (current and) future generations are not compromised. A food system gathers all the elements...

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UNEP recognizes the growing need to address global environmental concerns from an urban perspective and to integrate the urban dimension of global environmental issues. More specifically, UNEP aims to promote the link between international cooperation and local action.  

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Buildings use about 40% of global energy, 25% of global water, 40% of global resources, and they emit approximately 1/3 of GHG emissions. Yet, buildings also offer the greatest potential for achieving significant GHG emission reductions, at least cost, in developed and developing countries....

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The Tourism & Environment Programme operating within the Responsible Industry and Value Chain Unit (RIVU) of UN Environment (Economy Division) promotes resource efficiency from a life cycle and value chain perspective – an approach recommended for the sustainable development of tourism. This...

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Key Areas

Sustainable Lifestyles: consume differently

Lifestyles define us; they are the way we live our lives, what we do, with whom, where, how and what we use to do it. This includes everything from the food we eat and how we interact with others to the way we get around. Lifestyles also define our...
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Responsible Industry

Achieving more sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the transition towards a Green Economy historically have been motivated by the need to comply with regulations, driven by a growing number of accidents. However, businesses are...
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Policy & Strategy

SCP Policies and the 10 Year Framework of Programmes The SCP Branch works closely with governments encouraging and supporting the development and implementation of effective policies to promote sustainable consumption and production. More  ...
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The Business Case for the Green Economy: Sustainable Return on Investment

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Towards a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment: Making informed choices on products

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Resource Efficiency:Economics and Outlook for China

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News and Events

Twenty African eco-enterprises to receive prestigious SEED Awards

Nairobi, 28 September 2016 - Shoes made from old tires by disabled artisans in Ghana, roads built from recycled plastic in Kenya, natural fertilizers made from water hyacinths in Burkina Faso. Those are just some of the 20 African eco-innovations... Read more

Actions to Green the Financial System Have Doubled - But Further Transformation Still Needed

30 September 2016 - Worldwide policy actions to harness the global financial system for sustainable development have more than doubled over the last five years, but more effort is needed to turn this momentum into genuine global transformation,... Read more

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation and UN Environment Launch Video Contest to Bring Attention to Food Waste

1 November 2016 - Forgotten in the fridge or scraped off a plate. Thrown in the garbage. Left to rot. Sent to a landfill. Millions of consumers repeat this sequence of actions without a second thought and send mountains of uneaten food to landfills... Read more

United Nations reports its 2015 greenhouse gas emissions

7 November 2016 - The United Nations emitted 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2015, according to the organization's annual report of its greenhouse gas emissions. The latest edition of the Greening the Blue report, released... Read more