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13 Jun 2018 description

In recent years, the Republic of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, has often been in the headlines due to the protracted armed conflict which has engulfed the country since December 2013.

However, despite the challenges posed by the conflict, the landlocked eastern-central Africa country has been working with UN Environment, and other international partners, to address decades of environmental degradation.

07 Mar 2018 description

When Mandelena became a mother, she was only 16 years old. During the prolonged dry season in Gwor County, South Sudan over the last two years, Mandelena and her family have been able to eat only one meal per day. In her community, crops are failing, cattle are dying and children are dropping out of school because of hunger. Women and girls walk four to five hours every day to collect water, and young girls are married off for a dowry of cattle as soon as they hit puberty.

28 Feb 2018 description

In the hot and dusty county of Turkana in northwestern Kenya lies the sprawling Kakuma refugee camp.

Informal settlements, constructed mainly using a variety of materials such as iron sheets, mud, or traditional thatching, dot the landscape and offer residents relief from the sweltering heat, which can sometimes reach 40 degrees Celsius during the day and only drop to the low 30s at night.

Besides the harsh climate, the camp lies in an area which is dry, windswept and prone to dust storms.

16 Apr 2017 description

On February 20th 2017, the Government of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, declared famine, becoming the first country to do so since 2012.

On February 20th 2017, the Government of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, declared famine, becoming the first country to do so since 2012. According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) results, some 100,000 people may die from starvation, while a further 1 million are on the brink of famine.

25 Oct 2016 description

Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could halt severe water shortages - UN Environment

  • Rivers begin to dry up as the loss of Mt Kilimanjaro's forests triggers water crisis
  • Climate change has destroyed 13,000 hectares of the mountain's forests since 1976 – equivalent to cutting off a year's supply of drinking water for 1 million people
  • East Africa's glaciers expected to disappear within a few decades

19 October 2016 – Reforesting Africa's highest mountain could help protect vital water supplies that …

28 Sep 2016 description

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.

10 Aug 2015 description

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Post-Crisis Environmental Assessment

CHAPTER 2
Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery

CHAPTER 3
Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding

CHAPTER 4 Disaster Risk Reduction

01 Jul 2015 description

Juba, 15 June 2015 - On 15 June 2015, UNEP was part of the launch ceremony of the “Keep Juba Clean” campaign. The campaign, which is a month long event, is part of the preparations for celebration of 4th Anniversary of the independence of the Republic of South Sudan on 9th July 2015. First organized by UNEP in 2009, Keep Juba Clean campaigns help to raise awareness of sound waste management practices. These campaigns are well aligned with UNEP’s waste management programme for South Sudan.

20 May 2015 description

UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights Many Environmental Successes

Global Cooperation Reversed Ozone Depletion, Renewables Reached New Heights and First UNEA Advanced Environmental Agenda

Nairobi, 19 May 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today released its Annual Report 2014, showcasing global environmental successes such as the recovery of the ozone layer, significant advances in renewables investments and the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

30 Apr 2015 description

These guidelines were prepared by Mr. Ephraim Alamerew, based in Ethiopia. The guidelines are based on findings from the author’s recent study published as: Preliminary Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment of Selected Water Harvesting Structures in South Sudan. In addition to the field observations and information gathered during the assessment in South Sudan, a range of literature sources related to best practices and lessons learned on water harvesting and peacebuilding initiatives in neighbouring countries were used to inform the guidelines.

20 Feb 2015 description

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Post-Crisis Environmental Assessment

CHAPTER 2
Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery

CHAPTER 3
Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding

CHAPTER 4
Disaster Risk Reduction

CHAPTER 5
The Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC)

31 Jul 2014 description

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 2
Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery

CHAPTER 3
Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding

CHAPTER 4
Disaster Risk Reduction

CHAPTER 5
The Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC)

14 Apr 2014 description

The 2013 Annual Report lays out the highlights of UNEP's work in 2013, a year in which the organization's Governing Council met under Universal Membership for the first time and the strengthening process agreed the previous year began in earnest. The report focuses on UNEP's achievement in the key focus areas of:

19 Feb 2013 description

2012 – A Resounding Endorsement of Environmental Governance

History was made in 2012 with the first institutional reform of the environment programme of the UN since the Stockholm UN Conference on the Human Environment established UNEP in 1972.
At Rio+20, Heads of State and governments decided to strengthen and upgrade UNEP. This was followed by the adoption of a resolution at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly later in the year.

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.