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14 Aug 2018 description

Climate change, desertification, species loss, deforestation, floods and famine – these are the very real shared challenges we are facing as a planet in the 21st century, challenges that cannot be ignored.

For over 40 years, UN Environment has been the world’s leading environmental advocate, delivering scientific insight, setting the global agenda on the environment, offering solutions and providing leadership on critical environmental issues.

26 Jul 2018 description
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Climate risks threaten to derail development gains, cause spike in eco-migrants and undermine efforts to end poverty and hunger in the Arab Region

New UN Development Programme report highlights the challenges and opportunities of building climate resilience as the region works toward peaceful low-carbon climate-resilient development

04 Apr 2018 description

In brief

Several countries have disaster risk management plans, which need to be taken into consideration in the process to formulate and implement NAPs.

  • Many Caribbean countries have already mainstreamed adaptation into national development plans and climate change policies

  • Robust institutional arrangements provide an enabling environment for advancing adaptation planning.

09 Nov 2017 description

Climate change has far-reaching impacts on human health and well-being. Changing temperature and rainfall patterns impact crop yield, food and water security, and nutrition. The increased frequency and intensity of extreme events can cause not only injury, but also increase the risk of water-borne diseases (diarrhoeal disease, Hepatitis A and E, bacterial diseases such as cholera), diseases associated with crowding (measles, meningitis, acute respiratory infections) and vector-borne diseases (malaria, dengue), as well as psychological and emotional distress related to traumatic events.

10 Jan 2014 description

Engaging the private sector in identifying climate change risks, response measures, and adaptation needs to be a much higher priority in developing countries. The importance of the private sector role is evident from the increasing availability of empirical experience including lessons from adaptation projects supported by climate funds.

01 Sep 2009 description

Another eventful year has passed and many of the reforms we planted to strengthen the Global Environment Facility (GEF), are bearing fruit. We have a number of successes detailed in this annual report which offer a snapshot of nearly two decades of joint investment in cross-border environmental challenges. I would like to draw your attention to several outstanding achievements of the GEF since July 2007. Among them: