United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organization established in 1972 to guide and coordinate environmental activities within the(UN) system. UNEP promotes international cooperation on environmental issues, provides guidance to UN organizations, and, through its scientific advisory groups, encourages the international scientific to participate in formulating policy for many of the UN’s environmental projects. Headquartered in , , the organization also has encouraged participation by the private sector to promote the sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.
One of UNEP’s most widely recognized activities is Earthwatch, an international monitoring system designed tothe exchange of environmental information among governments. Participation in this enterprise enables members to assess significant environmental risks and to act accordingly. UNEP played a major role in initiating negotiations on reducing -depleting chemicals. UNEP provides the for a variety of international conventions, including the on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer (1987), the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (1989), and the UN (1992). As the secretariat for these conventions, UNEP services the conferences, the decisions, monitors implementation, and provides data and information. Together with the , UNEP helps to the Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (1998). UNEP also coordinates the work on UN agencies with respect to desertification and the regional seas (with special attention to the Mediterranean Sea).
The 58-member Governing Council, the organization’s principal legislative body, is elected by the UN General Assembly for four-year terms. Seats areby region to assure widespread representation, generally providing about 16 seats for African states, 13 for Asia, 6 for eastern Europe, 10 for and the Caribbean, and 13 for western Europe and other states.
5 tips to reduce food waste
Reducing food losses and waste is essential in a world where the number of people affected by hunger has been slowly on the rise since 2014, and tons and tons of edible food are lost and/or wasted every day.
Food loss and waste undermine the sustainability of our food systems. When food is lost or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce this food including water, land, energy, labour and capital go to waste. In addition, the disposal of food loss and waste in landfills, leads to greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change. Food loss and waste can also negatively impact food security and food availability, and contribute to increasing the cost of food.
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How UNEP facilitates and monitors progress
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Data Reporting Tool (DaRT) allows Parties to Multilateral Environment Agreements to gather and record data in a single space, for convenient sharing across Ministries and for national reporting; and to facilitate monitoring of progress toward the global goals and targets to which National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans are mapped. DaRT also brings together information from other tools and information sources – such as the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership – synthesising information, bridging gaps and improving efficiency.
UN Chief at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity
António Guterres (United Nations SecretaryGeneral) at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity.
French President Emmanuel Macron, SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations António Guterres, and President of the World Bank Group David Malpass, are organizing the fourth ‘One Planet Summit’ which will focus on biodiversity to mobilize commitments to protect ecosystems and make links to human health. Convened under the theme of “Let’s act together for nature!”, the Summit will bring together heads of state and government, leaders of international organizations, financial institutions, companies and NGOs, all ready to demonstrate that their commitments are leading to concrete actions to preserve and restore biodiversity, and to lead systemic transformations of economies.
More information is available here: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2021/01/oneplanetsummit2/
What is ecosystem restoration?
Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part.
Find out more: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/
UNEP – What we do
UNEP works with governments, NGO’s and the private sector to combat climate change, minimize the impacts of disasters and conflicts, better manage ecosystems, enhance environmental governance, manage harmful substances, and promote resource efficiency, by building green economies and eliminating poverty.
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