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05 Nov 2013 description

Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

Geneva/New York/Nairobi, 6 November 2013 – Ensuring that women have better access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, according to a new report released by the United Nations today.

08 Jan 2013 description

The sub-programme

From the Balkans to Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan and Haiti, UNEP has responded to crisis situations in more than 40 countries since 1999, delivering world-class environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family.

In response to increased global awareness of the environmental dimensions of crises, and to growing demand for the services that address them, UNEP has identified “disasters and conflicts” as one of its six priority areas.

UNEP’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch coordinates the theme.

06 Dec 2011 description

Changes in Climate Trends Impacting Livelihoods and Food Security in the Sahel and West Africa

A new study has found that the impacts of changing climatic conditions on the availability of natural resources, combined with population growth and weak governance, have led to greater competition over scarce resources and to changing migration patterns in the region.

Joint study calls for major investments in climate change adaptation to reduce the risk of conflict and forced migration

11 Nov 2011 description

Freetown (Sierra Leone), 11 November 2011 - Accurate and timely weather information is taken for granted in much of the world, but it is almost entirely absent in Sierra Leone as much of the country's meteorological infrastructure was lost during the decade-long civil war.

Without an accurate weather forecast, farmers must guess when to plant and harvest their crops, communities receive no warnings of extreme weather events and understanding the impacts of climate change on Sierra Leone is made very difficult.

30 Jun 2011 description

UNEP’s Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme comprises four operational pillars: post-crisis environmental assessment, post-crisis environmental recovery, disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peacebuilding. While the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) is tasked with coordinating the theme across UNEP, the regional offices and several divisions play an instrumental role in programme implementation.

20 Dec 2010 description

Freetown, 20 December 2010 The vital role of environmental assessments in supporting the sustainable use of Sierra Leone's rich natural heritage has won high level support at a seminar entitled 'Environmental Assessment: A Tool for Sustainable Development', which took place last week in the country's capital of Freetown.

Speaking at the seminar, organized by the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency (SLEPA) with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA), the Minister for …

31 Oct 2010 description

Introduction

Population movement – forced or voluntary – is a global phenomenon. It is often unpredictable and can be of sizeable proportions and long-lasting. In addition to the human suffering, social unrest and economic disruption that such events typically cause, there is a growing awareness of the impact that displaced human populations have on the physical environment.

30 Jun 2010 description

UNEP’s Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme is comprised of four operational pillars: post-crisis environmental assessment, post-crisis environmental recovery, disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peacebuilding.

31 Mar 2010 description

UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS) for 2010-2013 designates “Disasters and Conflicts” as one of the organization’s six priority areas of work. The 2010-2011 UNEP Programme of Work accordingly includes a dedicated Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme, which is comprised of four operational pillars: post-crisis environmental assessment, postcrisis environmental recovery, disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peacebuilding.

30 Jun 2009 description

From Kosovo to Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan or China, UNEP has responded to crisis situations in more than 30 countries since 1999, delivering highquality environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. On this basis, UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS) for 2010-2013 designates “Disasters and Conflicts” as one of the organization’s six priority areas of work.

31 Mar 2009 description

From Kosovo to Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan or China, UNEP has responded to crisis situations in more than 30 countries since 1999, delivering highquality environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. On this basis, UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS) for 2010-2013 designates “Disasters and Conflicts” as one of the organization’s six priority areas of work.

20 Feb 2009 description

Over Forty Per cent of Intrastate Conflicts Linked to Natural Resources, Says UNEP Report

Nairobi, 20 February 2009 - Intrastate conflicts are likely to drag on and escalate without a greater focus on environment and natural resources in the peacebuilding process, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

20 Feb 2009 description

Executive summary

Since 1990 at least eighteen violent conflicts have been fuelled by the exploitation of natural resources. In fact, recent research suggests that over the last sixty years at least forty percent of all intrastate conflicts have a link to natural resources. Civil wars such as those in Liberia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo have centred on "high-value" resources like timber, diamonds, gold, minerals and oil.

15 Mar 2000 description

NAIROBI, 15 March, 2000 - According to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), serious environmental impacts have resulted in southern Guinea because of the large influx of 600,000 refugees fleeing into the area from recent conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The UNEP report, "Environmental Impact of Refugees in Guinea," was made in cooperation with the UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at the request of the Government of Guinea.