Regional initiatives

UN Environment's North America Office is working to address the following issues:

Improving air quality

Air pollution is the single largest, environmentally-related global health risk of our time, killing approximately 6.5 million people per year. UN Environment is focused on improving air quality and human health through the BreatheLife campaign. 

Climate and energy

Climate change is the major, overriding environmental issue of our time and adds considerable stress to our societies and to the environment. UN Environment is working on climate adaptation and mitigation measures to build climate resilient and energy efficient communities.

Minimizing food waste

One-third of all food produced in the world – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – is lost or wasted every year. UN Environment is a partner in Champions 12.3, a coalition of governments, businesses and civil society, dedicated to halving food waste by 2030. 

Phasing out the use of lead paint

While the use of lead paint for most purposes in North America has been banned for decades, many countries around the world continue to allow the unrestricted use of paint containing high levels of lead in homes and public buildings. Through the Lead Paint Alliance, UN Environment aims to phase‐out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead by 2020.

Tackling marine debris

Plastic waste is one of the biggest threats to the world’s oceans today. More than eight million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean each year – equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic every minute. UN Environment is committed to reducing plastic pollution through the Clean Seas campaign.

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all. UN Environment is supporting countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda by championing the environmental aspects of all 17 goals.