Climate Change in West Asia

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



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الاجتماع التحضيري الإقليمي العربي لجمعية الأمم المتحدة للبيئة لبرنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة – اليونيب

المنامه 16-17 مارس – اذار 2014

التقى وزراء و رؤساء وفود دول المنطقة العربية في الاجتماع التحضيري الإقليمي العربي لجمعية الأمم المتحدة للبيئة لبرنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة ( UNEA ) ، في المنامة، البحرين في الفترة من 16-17 مارس عام 2014، توافقت لديهم الآراء والمساهمات التالية في برنامج عمل واجتماع الـ UNEA والمناقشات في مرحلة ما بعد عام 2015. النص الكامل

South-South Cooperation Could Help Usher in a Green Economy, says Report Launched in Dubai Today

Zayed Foundation and UNEP release Arabic Version of Building Inclusive Green Economies, Present Real-Life Case Studies from Two Dozen Countries

Dubai, 5 March 2014 – Partnerships between countries in the South – in particular, those designed to promote more sustainable energy pathways – are sparking momentum for change across the developing world, according to a new report released today for the first time in Arabic. Full Story

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High-Level Technical Workshop aims to address the remaining challenges to achieve complete and sustainable Phase out of Methyl Bromide in developing countries. Methyl Bromide Consumption in Developing Countries Already Cut by 85% of their Baseline Consumption

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خطاب السيّد أخيم شتاينر، وكيل الأمين العام للامم المتحدة والمدير التنفيذي لبرنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة (UNEP ) بمناسبة :اعلان سنة البيئة في العراق وإطلاق تقرير توقعات حالة البيئة للعراق وتوقيع اتفاق التعاون الاستراتيجي بين حكومة العراق وبرنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة

اتفاقية تاريخية لتسريع عملية الاصلاح البيئي في العراق. لأول مرّة شخصية أممية بارزة في مجال البيئة تزور العراق في حين يستعد البلد لتنفيذ الأهداف الوطنية للبيئة

بغداد، 26 يناير 2014 - وقّع برنامج الأمم المتحدة للبيئة وحكومة العراق اليوم، اتفاق التعاون الاستراتيجي الأول من نوعه، بهدف توفير إطار للتعاون طويل الأجل لمعالجة القضايا البيئية ذات الأولوية في البلاد.

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.

Preparations for Zayed International Prize for the Environment begin

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai, received the jury members, in run-up to Zayed International Prize for the Environment 2014.The world’s most prestigious environment prizes founded by H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is worth US$ 1 million, divided into three categories: Global Leadership for the Environment, Scientific and Technological Achievement in Environment, Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.

UNEP and The League of Arab States to strengthen cooperation to address environmental issues in the Arab region

Appreciating the green initiatives which have been steadily mushrooming in the Arab Region, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, said UNEP and the League of Arab States (LAS) will work together to ensure adequate response to environmental priorities of the Arab Region.

Five monitoring stations track air pollution in Lebanon

The Environment Ministry in Lebanon in collaboration with UNEP and UNDP has launched the Air Quality Monitoring network within the frame of the project to develop environment resources in Lebanon, funded by Greece.

The project aims at informing experts on a long-lasting plan to improve the quality of air by installing five monitoring stations that operate in different sites in Lebanon, to assess the air quality and monitor it.


Experts discuss ways to motivate young people

EXPERTS from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and General Organisation for Youth and Sports joined forces to discuss ways to motivate young people in Bahrain to care more about the environment

A regional meeting took place at the Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa in Seef yesterday that brought together key representatives from the public and private sectors, universities and civil society organisations from west Asia




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.
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UNEP Goodwill Ambassador For the Arab Region

UNEP designates Ragheb Alama a Goodwill Ambassaor and talks about food waste reduction

Within the context of the Global UNEP/FAO Campaign to Cut Food Waste and in support to the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger initiatives, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in West Asia and the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut organized a joint awareness campaign to reduce food waste and eliminate hunger in the Arab region. The campaign is supported by UNEP Goodwill Ambassador in West Asia Ragheb Alama who is also a member of the panel of Arab Idol programme broadcasted by MBC channel. The campaign is also supported by Future TV, Radio Orient, and Middle East Airlines.


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Nominations are now open for the 7th Cycle  of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment





UNEP In West Asia  Newsletter July-August 2014.pdf



Biodiversity News in West Asia


 West Asia Regional Program to Combat Sand and Dust Storm

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Nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth Awards now open!