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UNEP Story: Tackling a hurricane’s trail of waste

News

This article by UN Environment provides a first-hand account of the challenges facing Dominica following a series of hurricanes which struck the region in December 2017. Dan Stothart, Regional Humanitarian Affairs Officer for UN Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean, flew to Carribean following the emergency. This story provides…

Joint #Envconflictday Statement: Protecting the Environment, Protecting People

News

On 6 November 2017, 31 NGOs and 12 experts joined forces and used the United Nations’ International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict as an opportunity to advocate for greater progress in efforts to protect people and the environment from the impact of…

Opinion: As Communities Rebuild After Disaster, We Must Keep Nature In Mind

News

This opinion piece by Ensia Voices describes the importance of integrating environmental concerns into rebuilding efforts following natural disasters. In her opinion piece on the environment and disasters, featured in the Ensia Voices section, Anita Van Breda writes about how protecting the environment needs to be a priority when…

Environment and Emergencies Training (EET) – Slovenia

Initiatives

From 16 to 21 September 2017, Slovenia received an edition of the Environment and Emergencies Training (EET), organized jointly by the United Nations, the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), and the Slovenian Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, with financial support of…

Green Star Awards Winners 2017

Events

Green Star Awards for Excellence in Preparedness, Prevention & Response to Environmental Emergencies The Green Star Awards is a collaborative initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Green Cross International. The purpose of the Green Star Awards (GSA) event is to recognize…

JEU & MSB Workshop – Call for action for better disaster waste management

Events

This workshop hosted by the UNEP/OCHA Joint Unit and MSB called for greater action regarding disaster waste management. Disaster waste presents a major impediment to rescue operations and the delivery of humanitarian aid. It poses a risk not only to the health and safety of humans, but also to the…

UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) Missions in 2016

Initiatives

The UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) facilitated 10 missions in 2016, providing support and expertise on environmental emergency assessments, and conducting training that delivers knowledge and understanding of effective response to environmental emergencies. JEU also provided technical experts with specialized skills to UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)…

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