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Climate Change
West Asia 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
In West Asia, UNEP works with its Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch in Geneva to understand and reduce the impacts of environmental degradation from disasters and conflicts on human health, livelihoods and security. It also emphasizes the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably-managed resources in reducing the risk of disasters and conflicts More

Ecosystem Management
The West Asia 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
Support to UN common country programming processes – UNEP has a global programme focusing on UN common country programming processes and the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability and climate change within them. This is implemented through the Regional Offices primarily in countries that are rolling out their UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) More

Chemicals and Waste
In West Asia, 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
The Environment Under Review sub-programme aims to empower regional stakeholders in their policy and decision-making by providing scientific information and knowledge and keeping the environment under review. It works closely with a large number of partners and collaborating centres in all regions of the world and has established functional networks for data..

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UNEP AND AL SAYER GROUP HOLDING SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

 

Al Sayer Group Holding on December 9, 2014 signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). This agreement will support key International Awards assigned by UNEP to enhance kid’s participation in the environmental activities. The agreement was signed by Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, Director & Regional Representative for the UNEP and Mr. Mubarak Naser Al-Sayer, CEO Al Sayer Group Holding. Heads of business divisions as well as CSR representatives of the Group also attended the official event. 
 
Mr. Mubarak Al Sayer said “The new partnership of Al Sayer Group as a private sector enterprise and UNEP, lays the foundation stone for the strategic cooperation towards the sustainable development on the regional, national and international levels”. Meanwhile Dr. Iyad Abu Moghly mentioned, “The UNEP association with Al Sayer Group’s reflects their efforts to become an international partner for different type of activities intended to enhance socio-economic well-being and to reduce the ecological footprint to assure the sustainability of this planet”.
 

 


Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment

United Nations Environment Programme
Hardcover: 303 pages
Publication Date: 2013

Increasingly, and through satellite images, we see stark evidence of the impact human activities are having on the planet. Viewing the Earth from this remarkable range and scale allows us to better comprehend the environmental changes taking place on land, in the water and in the air.


UAE to host The First Global Conference on the United Nations' Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
The United Arab Emirates which represents the will, vision and ambition for sustainable future continues to lead the way in green initiatives and practices, as it was officially announced the host of the first “Global Conference on the United Nations’ Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)” which will take place on 4-5 March 2014, in Dubai.

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