Oct 12, 2012Fast Facts: Biodiversity and EcosystemsEcosystems, species and genes - the building blocks of biodiversity - are being degraded at an unparalleled rate as natural resources are exploited without consideration for their broader value to the ecosystem and economic values.
Jul 1, 2011Fast Facts: Universal Energy AccessSome 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity and a billion more only have access to unreliable electricity networks. About 3 billion people rely on solid fuels (traditional biomass and coal) to meet their basic needs. Access to modern energy services for cooking and heating, lighting and communications, and mechanical power for productive uses is a vast area of unmet need. The energy access challenge is particularly acute in the least developed countries, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Mar 14, 2012Fast Facts: Ozone and Climate ChangeThe Montreal Protocol is an international environmental agreement that aims to protect the earth’s ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS). UNDP provides technical and policy advisory services, supports capacity-building, technology transfer, technical assistance and training, helping countries make progress towards a low carbon economy.
Dec 1, 2011Fast Facts: Climate ChangeBy putting climate change adaptation at the heart of poverty reduction efforts, with proper attention paid to the needs of more vulnerable groups like women and indigenous peoples, UNDP helps to ensure that climate actions are flexible and resilient enough to meet climate challenges now and in the future. At the same time, UNDP strives to reduce people’s exposure to climate-related disasters and, when they do hit, to limit the impact on people’s lives.
Oct 1, 2011Fast Facts: Waste ManagementThe inadequate management of chemicals and waste can pose serious threats to human health and the environment and undermine economic and social development. At greatest risk are the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.