Climate change is one of seven priority areas that define the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) focus on the environmental challenges of the 21st Century. UNEP's climate change work focuses on strengthening the ability of individuals, communities and nations to adapt to climate change, move toward low carbon societies, improve understanding of climate science, and raise public awareness about the Earth's changing climate.
Patricia J. Beneke, Director of UNEP's Regional Office of North America, talked about UNEP's work in this area. As time allows, Beneke will also address UNEP's work to support governments in establishing, implementing and strengthening the necessary institutions, laws and policies to achieve sustainable development.
UNEP is the leading environmental authority in the United Nations system. Created in 1972, UNEP uses its expertise to strengthen environmental standards and practices while helping implement environmental obligations at the country, regional and global level.
Patricia Beneke, Director, United Nations Environment Programme
Peter Schaumberg, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. (moderator)