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Climate Change
 Asia Pacific is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change and impacts are likely to become more intense in future. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events have contributed to loss of crop yield in many countries. Crop yields are projected to decline by a further 10 percent by 2020. More

Disasters and Conflicts
Nearly half of the world's natural disasters occur in the Asia and the Pacific region. In 2008 alone, the region accounted for more than half of the 220 major disasters that took place, which affected more than 55 million people and resulted in 7,000 deaths and US$15 billion in damages. More

Ecosystem Management
The Asia Pacific region boasts a high level of biological and cultural diversity which has greatly shaped its history and economic activities. While the region occupies less than 10 per cent of the planet's total surface, it is home to more than half of the world's human population and some of the most diverse plant and animal species in the world. More

Environmental Governance
While there has been significant progress in the last decade in the development of environmental institutions and legislation, the region's burgeoning economic growth and growing population have taken a toll on its natural resource base and the environment. More

Chemicals and Waste
In Asia Pacific, harmful and hazardous waste threatens millions of people. Left unchecked, these wastes could pose severe hazards. Asia's high population density and often tropical climate put it especially at risk for contamination. Regulations have increased but enforcement remains inadequate. More

Resource Efficiency
Most of the global growth in resource use has occurred in high-income Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, but recently the Asia and the Pacific region has emerged as a major global resource consumer and has surpassed the rest of world in material use. More

Environment Under Review

Rapid economic growth in recent years in Asia and the Pacific region has come at an enormous environmental cost. Appropriate environmental safeguards are urgently needed to contain this trend. Decision-making that promotes sustainable development requires a sound understanding of the complex relationship between the environment and social and economic development. More

Regional News
ASEAN Commits to Switch to Efficient Lighting - Harmonised standards and policy will slash energy consumption in ASEAN region

Kuala Lumpur/Bangkok, 28 April 2015 –ASEAN member states have committed themselves to work together to switch to efficient lighting standards and policies, a move that will significantly reduce energy consumption in the region.

Meeting at the 19th annual meeting of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Sub-Sector Network (EE&C-SSN), organized by the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE), Directors of Energy  of ASEAN countries agreed that high efficiency lighting solutions such as light emitting diode (LED) technology and controls offer immense potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in the region. The emergence of the ASEAN Economic Community that would develop a single market in 2015 is also is a remarkable opportunity to foster intraregional trade of high-quality lighting products to speed up the transition to efficient lighting.

Estimates by the UNEP en.lighten initiative show that the market transition to efficient lighting in ASEAN could result in annual savings of over US$ 3.5 billion  in electricity bills for consumers and a reduction of 35 TWh in electricity consumption, as well as an associated decrease in CO2 emissions of more than 20 million tonnes.


The agreed ASEAN plan outlines a six-step approach to regional harmonisation of lighting standards and policy – from assessment of the regional market and development of a regional roadmap, through national implementation of the roadmap, to awareness-raising campaigns and activities for end-users – and a model for a working group and steering committee infrastructure to implement the plan.

By agreeing on this proposal, EE&C-SSN members have committed to work towards national implementation of the roadmap by early 2018, under the leadership of ACE, in partnership with the UNEP en.lighten initiative.

“The ASEAN Economic Community will generate greater trade and growth in the region, but the opportunity of this Community to also drive environmental sustainability must not be lost. This ambitious move to transform the lighting market to high efficiency products is a vital component of greening the ASEAN Economic Community and bringing economic, social and environmental benefits to its people”, said Kaveh Zahedi, Regional Representative for UNEP for Asia and the Pacific.

The resources and experience of the UNEP-GEF en.lighten initiative and the lites.asia network, supported until now by the Australian Government, will facilitate the implementation of the proposed plan.


Ms. Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Tel: + (66 2) 2882127; Mobile: + (66 8) 17001376. E-mail: satwant.kaur@unep.org

Gustavo Mañez Gomis, Project Manager, UNEP en.lighten initiative. Tel: +33 1 44 37 19 97. Email: gustavo.manez@unep.org


UNEP Launches Children’s Painting Competition under Theme of Sustainable Energy

Nairobi, 13 March 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the 24th edition of the annual children’s painting contest under the theme “We have the power” to highlight renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions globally.

Targeting young people between the ages of 9 and 14, the competition aims to raise awareness on energy consumption and energy savings.

Energy is at the heart of critical economic, environmental and development issues facing the world today. Clean, efficient, affordable and reliable energy services are indispensable for global prosperity and can lead to a sustainable future for all with multiple co-benefits for development, human health and the environment

Artwork should illustrate themes of energy efficiency and energy conservation and must be submitted by 31 May 2015.

Participants also stand a chance to win up to US $3,000 in prize money and other supplementary awards, including:

The 1st Prize

US $3,000

The 2nd Prize

US $2,000

The 3rd Prize

US $1,000

Top three winners will also receive and a fully paid trip, including for one chaperone, to the venue of the award ceremony.

Regional winners

One winner from each region – Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America – will receive US $1,000.

Coordinated by UNEP and organizing partners each year, the flagship art and environment event has, since 1991, received more than 3 million entries from children in over 190 countries globally.


Full details on how to participate are available at: www.unep.org/tunza/children

All entries should be sent to the appropriate regional UNEP office below.  

UNEP Regional Office for Africa

Monica Morara (Ms.)
United Nations Environment Programme
NOF Block 2-Ground Level-South Wing

P.O. Box 30552-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-20 762 1396
Fax: +254-20 7623928
Email: monica.morara@unep.org

UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Satwant Kaur (Ms.)

United Nations Environment Programme

2nd Floor, United Building, Rajdamnern Avenue

Bangok 10200, Thailand

Tel: +66 2 288 2127

Fax: +66 2 280 3829/ 288 1029

Email: satwant.kaur@unep.org


UNEP Regional Office for Europe

Kristina Gandl (Ms.)
United Nations Environment Programme
International Environment House (IEH) A-602
11-13 Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Chatelaine
Geneva, Switzerland
Tel.: + 41 22 917 8404
Mobile:+ 41 79 251 8236
e-mail: kristina.gandl@unep.org



UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Montserrat Valeiras (Ms.)

Nations Environment Programme

Building 103 - Morse Avenue, City of Knowledge

Clayton Panama City


Tel.: (507) 305-3114 (direct) (507) 305-3100 (Central)

Fax: (507) 305-3105

P.O. Box: 0843-03590

Email: montserrat.valeiras@unep.org 


UNEP Regional Office for North America

Ahdi Mohammed (Ms.)

United Nations Environment Programme

900 17th Street, NW, Suite 506

Washington, D.C. 20006

202-785-0465 Office

202-785-2096 Fax

Email: ahdi.mohammed@unep.org


UNEP Regional Office for West Asia

Marie Daher Corthay (Ms.)

United Nations Environment Programme

Chamber of Commerce 11 Floor,

Road 1010, Block 410, BLDG 519

Seef area, Manama, Bahrain

Mob: +973 36 955 988

Office: +973 178 12 795

Email: marie.daher@unep.org


For more information on the competition, contact:

Joyce Sang: Email:Joyce.sang@unep.org,

Enock Chinyenze: Email: Enock.Chinyenze@unep.org; or

UNEP News Desk: Email:unepnewsdesk@unep.org

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11 March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly launched a new global support programme today to assist Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in strategically engaging in intergovernmental climate change negotiation processes.

“We are now building the climate regime for the future. Our ability to protect the most vulnerable countries from the effects of climate change is dependent upon our capacity to participate in the negotiation process. This programme will support us in this key issue,” said Mr. Giza Gaspar Martins, Chair, LDC Group.

LDCs face severe socio-economic and environmental problems that threaten sustainable development. Climate change and variability will continue to exacerbate these problems, posing one of the biggest challenges for 21st century diplomacy and international development. Yet, LDCs face obstacles in engaging effectively in intergovernmental climate change negotiation processes.

The new initiative titled: Building Capacity for LDCs to Participate Effectively in Intergovernmental Climate Change Processes was launched in Bangkok. It will provide technical assistance to a select group of negotiators from LDCs. Its aim is to strengthen key negotiation skills, applying climate change information and science, and understanding the climate change policy-making framework under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Innovative learning methods will be used, including simulated negotiation sessions, e-learning, mentoring, and opportunities to participate in an active network of practitioners to continually share knowledge and expertise.

This support to LDCs comes at a critical time, as climate negotiators are engaged in the process of climate change diplomacy leading to a new climate treaty at COP21 in Paris in December 2015, aiming to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

“This programme will help us improve our strategic engagement in the climate negotiation process, and better reflect the climate vulnerabilities in our countries, which will contribute to future agreements on climate change,” said Mr. Batu Uprety, Chair, LEG.

The programme is implemented in coordination with the LDC Expert Group (LEG), and Secretariat of the UNFCCC with support from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). Collaborating partners include the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD - Bangladesh). This initiative contributes to UNDPs strategic plan, which aims to foster more inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.

                                                                                                     Further information:

Margherita Maiello  – Project Specialist, Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP-GEF –  margherita.maiello@undp.org

Mozaharul Alam – Regional Climate Change Coordinator, UNEP ROAP – mozaharul.alam@unep.org  

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Regional Workshop on Transforming Building and Transport Sectors through Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, 5-7 May 2015, Manila
Hosted by the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, UNEP is organizing a three-day regional workshop on Transforming Building and Transport Sectors through Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA). This workshop will bring together more than 70 participants consisting of high-level policy makers from the energy-building and transport sectors, private sector, and selected international NAMA experts in Manila on 5-7 May 2015. This workshop aims to: (a) discuss and share potential opportunities for the transformation of the building and transport sectors in the ASEAN region, (b) share project information and respective country experiences; and (c) better understand the needs for successful development and implementation of NAMAs in the region. 
This workshop is coordinated by UNEP in partnership with GIZ through the following key projects: NAMAs development for the building sector in Asia. the Southeast Asia Network of Climate Change offices, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in the ASEAN Region and Towards Climate-friendly Transport Technologies and Measures.

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