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International Waters - Factsheet
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Facility

Water is the foundation of life on Earth. Over three billion people – some 40% of the world’s population – depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Meanwhile every person on Earth directly relies on freshwater to survive. But today, that foundation is under threat in view of climate change, pollution, overfishing , increasing competition for freshwater, and degraded waters.
Currently, UN Environment and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are working together on more than 30 projects, assisting over 50 countries to battle environmental degradation, secure water resources and negotiate and implement the data-based policies needed to ensure a sustainable future for all.


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Environmental Audit of the Sites Impacted by the "Probo Koala" Toxic Waste Dumping in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire - Site 6: MACA 2
United Nations Environment Programme

On 19 August 2006, the ship Probo Koala off-loaded 528 cubic meters of liquid wastes in the port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The material was transferred onto tanker trucks operated by a local contractor, and dumped in twelve different locations around the city. In June 2012, UN Environment received a formal request from the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to undertake an independent and scientific environmental audit of the sites that were impacted by the dumping of wastes of the Probo Koala.
The Government wished for UN Environment to determine whether the sites continued to pose risks for the environment or for public health, and to make recommendations about additional or corrective clean-up measures that would need to be carried out in case contamination was detected.


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Climate Change Mitigation - Factsheet
United Nations Environment Programme

The world knows all too well the threat that climate change poses to human health, economies and the environment. United action is needed to hit the 1.5°C temperature rise target. Together, UN Environment and the GEF are providing the technical know-how, funding and implementation experience needed to improve energy efficiency, promote renewable energy, and encourage low-carbon technologies. From transport, to power generation, to energy efficient homes, industries and cities, they have worked together on more than 140 projects. UN Environment-led projects funded under the current GEF 6 cycle alone have mitigated CO2-equivalent emissions of almost 7.5 million tonnes to date.


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