The establishment of this new office is one of the results from the decisions agreed by Member States during the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development - known as Rio+20 - to strengthen the role of UNEP as the leading global environmental authority
With almost 30 per cent of SIDS populations living in areas less than 5 metres above sea level and the size of storms in some cases exceeding the size of whole islands, estimated losses to SIDS economies could become overwhelming
African economies and rural livelihoods remain heavily dependent on natural resources, particularly renewable resources such as soil and water, and on the associated productive sectors such as agriculture and forestry.
UNEP is raising awareness at the political and societal level of the grave impact of poaching on elephant populations and the environment.
Reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases , including mental illness, remains a prominent issue as the world looks ahead to the development of a set of Sustainable Development Goals by 2015