The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) respond to environmental emergencies through the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU). JEU combines UNEP's environmental expertise with the OCHA-coordinated humanitarian network. This helps to ensure an integrated approach by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners.
5 December 2016 - Indonesia's president Joko Widodo announced today a landmark moratorium, which bans all activities that damage the hydrological functions of peatlands - the world's largest terrestrial soil carbon stock.
The move is expected to slash greenhouse gas emissions and prevent disastrous peat fires that have plagued the Southeast Asian nation in recent years.
Governments need to ramp up efforts to stop biodiversity decline in light of pessimistic reports.
Time running out on global efforts to meet biodiversity targets with 2/3 still off track
Countries to focus on the value of biodiversity to engage other economic sectors as means of halting degradation
Ability to achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement is at stake
14 November 2016 - UN Environment launched today a decade-long (2016-2025) flagship programme on Climate, Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CEL), supported by China and designed to assist countries in the Global South with effective delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate targets while improving the livelihoods of their people and protecting their ecosystems.
The flagship programme aims to seize the 'power of integration' of the SDGs, and will be led by UN Environment's International Ecosystem Management Partnership.
Climate change in Afghanistan is not an uncertain, “potential” future risk but a very real, present threat— whose impacts have already been felt by millions of farmers and pastoralists across the country.
In this report, we show how drought and flood risks have changed over the past thirty years, and what impact this has had on rural livelihoods and food security in the country. The aim is to inform national-level prioritization of areas and livelihoods groups for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction programmes.