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UN Environment's North America Office is working to address the following issues:

Improving Air Quality

Air pollution is considered the single largest environmentally related global health risk of our time. UN Environment is focused on measures to improve air quality to protect human health. More

Addressing Challenges in the Arctic

With warming in the Arctic increasing at twice the global average since 1980, the region is experiencing a profound and rapid transformation that will have severe impacts both regionally and globally. UN Environment is working with the Arctic nations to protect the regions environment and natural resources within the framework of the Arctic Council. More

Climate and Energy

Climate change is the major, overriding environmental issue of our time and adds considerable stress to our societies and to the environment. UN Environment is working on climate adaptation and mitigation measures to build climate resilient and energy efficient communities. More

Minimizing Food Waste

One-third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted every year. Food waste is responsible for over 7% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), making it a key challenge in tackling climate change. UN Environment is working on developing a global accounting and reporting standard for quantifying food and associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain. More

Raising Awareness on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Wildlife and forest crime has transformed into one of the largest transnational organized criminal activities, with dire environmental, economic and social impacts. UNEP is addressing this issue through strengthening the evidence base for illegal trade in wildlife and timber, establishing national policies, and raising awareness on the issue to decrease supply and demand. More 

Phasing Out the Use of Lead Paint

While the use of lead paint for most purposes in North America has been banned for decades, many countries around the world continue to allow the unrestricted use of paint containing high levels of lead in homes and public buildings. Through the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint , UN Environment aims to phase‐out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead by 2020. More

Tackling Marine Debris

The continuous input of an estimated 6.4 million tons of debris that reaches the oceans each year is a cumulative problem with significant negative consequences to marine life and coastal environments. With the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, UN Environment seeks to enhance international cooperation to reduce the impacts of marine debris on economies, ecosystems, animal welfare and human health worldwide. More

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Resource scarcity, climate change, food insecurity and inequity all signal the need for a radical change in our society. To address this, the United Nations’ adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development along with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to stimulate action over the next 15 years to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all. UN Environment is supporting countries implement the new sustainable development agenda by ensuring the integration of the environmental dimension into national policies and building capacity to tackle these issues and track progress. More