UNEP is supporting global efforts by responding to COVID-19 through the provision of a number of guidance materials and factsheets developed for use by Member States and stakeholders in general.
Pollution touches all parts of the planet and it's the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. It affects our health through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. The WHO estimates that 23 per cent of all deaths worldwide – amounting to 12.6 million in 2012 -are due to environmental risks. With the end goal to eradicate all forms of pollution by 2030, the UN Environment Programme was tasked by the UN Environment Assembly to coordinate the implementation of a global plan "Towards a pollution-free planet”. Addressing pollution is not only an environmental priority, it's a priority for the achievement of the SDGs.