United Nations Environment Programme and Climate Change


United Nations Environment Programme and Climate Change:

Making a Difference

Presentation to the North American Private-Public Dialogue

June 23, 2015

Patricia J. Beneke

Regional Director

United Nations Environment Programme

Regional Office for North America

The United Nations and the


Global Leadership and

Partnership in Caring for the Environment

UNEP Areas Of Concentration

– Climate Change

– Disasters and Conflicts

– Ecosystem Management

– Environmental Governance

– Chemicals and Waste

– Resource Efficiency/Sustainable

Consumption and Production

– Keeping the Environment Under Review

The United Nations and Climate


Rio and the Road to Today

• Rio 1992



-Conference of the Parties

• The Kyoto Protocol -1997

• Copenhagen -- 2009

• Durban Platform 2011

• Rio Plus 20 – 2012

• Warsaw -- 2013

The Secretary General’s Climate


Sustainable Energy for All

• Objectives by 2030:


– Universal access to modern energy services

– Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

– Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency


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Goal: Accelerate the global

An experience to promote efficient lighting in developing

& emerging countries

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The Global Fuel Economy Initiative


• Set up 2009

• Partners

– FIA Foundation

– International Council for Clean Transportation

– International Energy Agency (IEA)

– International Transport Foundation (ITF)

– UC Davis


• Advisory Group

• Support to double fuel economy global feet – support country to develop fuel economy policies

Climate Technology Centre and


• Headquartered in


• Technology transfer and cooperation with developing nations to address climate change

Green Climate Fund

• Created by the Parties to the UNFCCC

• Low-emissions, climateresilient projects in developing nations

• Capitalization occurring

• Disbursements in 2015

The Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda

• Action-oriented, concise, easy to communicate, limited in number, aspirational, global, and applicable to all nations while respecting national policies and priorities

Outlook for Paris 2015?

• Set the stage for further commitment

• Work together to address a global problem

• Support accelerated climate action by global, national, and local leaders and diverse stakeholders

Regional Office for North America

Thank You!