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Report of the Twenty-second Intergovernmental Meeting of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA)
United Nations Environment Programme

Report of the Twenty-second Intergovernmental Meeting of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA)


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2015
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Investing in Natural Capital for a Sustainable Future in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Asian Development Bank

Natural capital has been a key contributor to the subregion’s rapid economic growth over the past 3 decades or so. However, the subregion’s key natural capital stocks are in a state of decline. This is evident by the degradation of arable land||considerable losses in forests, wetlands, and mangroves||and many species of fauna and flora becoming endangered or even extinct. The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is poised to continue developing at a significant pace.


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2015
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Indicators for a resource efficient and green Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

This report reveals the patterns and the evolution of natural resource use in Asia and the Pacific region over the last 40 years. The analysis shows that resource use in the region is both inefficient and unsustainable. The Asia-Pacific region will not be able to base its future economic growth on declining costs of natural resources as was possible during most of the twentieth century. An increasing reliance on resources from abroad and volatility in the global resource markets will pose challenges to the economic resilience of countries in the region. In this new economic context resource efficiency and decoupling of economic growth and resource use will be fundamental to the economic success of the region. Nevertheless there is a window of opportunity for Asia-Pacific countries to invest in policies and the infrastructure that will support resource efficiency in the decades to come. Acting now will reduce economic vulnerability, especially of low income groups, and will help secure the competitiveness of tomorrow in a low carbon resource efficient global economy.


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2015
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Casebook on innovative activities for achieving sustainable development In Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

The casebook shares not only lessons from project innovations and implementation, but successful initial and long-term project results in pilot communities. It identifi es an array of crucial project factors, highlighting the importance of focus on and involvement of the community, optimization of local resources, gender and social inclusion, stakeholder mobilization and empowerment, and linkage with macro policy. The Casebook on Innovative Activities for Achieving Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacifi c aims to promote tested micro-solutions as scalable initiatives, able to be picked up and replicated as part of the broader strategy for sustainable development in the region.


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2015
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Aligning the Financial Systems in the Asia Pacific Region to Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development
United Nations Environment Programme

Adequate, appropriate finance is crucial for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific UN (ESCAP) estimates that the region needs to invest around US$2.5 trillion a year between 2013 and 2030 to achieve key sustainable development goals. The region’s developing financial and capital markets provide a unique opportunity for innovative financial and capital market policies, regulations and standards that can align private capital flows to the financing needs of sustainable development. Notably, the region’s savings, US$8.4 trillion in 2012, represents more than half of the world’s total savings, the channeling of which will make a significant difference to regional and international progress towards sustainable development.


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2015
Second Extraordinary Intergovernmental Meeting of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan: Report of the Meeting
United Nations Environment Programme
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2015
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Technology, Finance and Statistics for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Development Programmeme

As this report points out, mostly the news is good. In 2001, it may have seemed a daunting task to halve the 1990 poverty rate − the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day. In fact Asia and the Pacific has cut that poverty rate by more than two-thirds. The region has not achieved all the goals, and some subregions and countries have made faster progress than others. Moreover, because of inevitable lags in gathering the most recent information, this report, whose data largely correspond to 2014, should perhaps be seen as the final milestone rather than the finishing post. Nevertheless, even at this stage it is clear that the MDGs have spurred heartening levels of commitment and achievement.


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2015
India Leadership Programme on Environment and Sustainable Development 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

India Leadership Programme on Environment and Sustainable Development
Theme: Developing Capacities to meet the challenges of Sustainable Development
Date 11 - 13 march 2015
Institute of Management in Government Thiruvanathapuram


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2015
Workshop on Sound Management of Used Lead Acid Batteries: Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This is a report from a workshop on the environmentally sound management of used lead acid batteries (ULAB) held in Osaka, Japan on 26-27 November 2015. UNEP partners with governments and stakeholders to address the environmental and health risk pose by lead. Most of lead is used for batteries globally, and their unsound management and recycling are causing health and environmental
damage in many places. This small workshop was aimed at initiating the analysis of the trade, recycling and health/environmental impact of ULAB, and elaborate on possible UNEP activities to address this issue, starting with some countries in Asia. Draft analysis was presented at the workshop, and the development of regional, subregional and national strategies was proposed.


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2015
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Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

The Regional Trends Report on Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific provides perspectives on a range of issues to advance implementation of the Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF) Ministerial Declaration and the Plan of Action. It identifies key challenges and presents selected case studies, offering these as a basis for further regional energy cooperation initiatives.


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2015