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Reports and Books
Port Reception Facilities in the NOWPAP Region - 2nd Edition
United Nations Environment Programme

These guidelines were designed to assist local organizations, local governments and NOWPAP member states by providing information on port collection facilities as submitted by member states or collected from the International Maritime Organization's Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS). The first edition of this report was published in 2009 in PDF version, this second edition provides up-to-date information submitted by member states and collected from the IMO GISIS.


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Sustainable Insurance: The Emerging Agenda for Supervisors and Regulators
United Nations Environment Programme

Key sustainability factors are now recognized as potentially significant for the success, safety and soundness of the insurance sector – inspiring reactions by supervisors and regulators. In its role as risk manager, risk carrier and investor, the global insurance sector plays a cornerstone role in the management of sustainability-related risks and opportunities. The risk transfer tools of insurance along with the deployment of its long-term capital base are highly relevant for many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.


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Summaries
Establishing China's Green Financial System: Progress Report 2017 - Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

The report finds that China – which put green finance on the G20 agenda during its 2016 presidency – is following through on its political commitment to boost the financing required to do this. The report looks particularly at progress since the State Council in August 2016 approved a set of recommendations for action on greening China’s financial system.


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Understanding of Floating Marine Litter Distribution in the NOWPAP Region - MERRAC Technical Report No. 35
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication aims to gather information on the distribution of floating marine litter in the NOWPAP region. The main objective is to understand the current status of floating marine litter in order to identify prospects for effective management and to find solutions to the problem via an analysis of marine litter distribution by amounts, types and sources (origins) and also by mapping hotspots in the NOWPAP region.


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Greening China’s Financial Markets: The Risks and Opportunities of Stranded Assets; Briefing Paper
United Nations Environment Programme, University of Oxford

The rise and fall of different technologies, products, and businesses is central to rising productivity in healthy, well-functioning markets. This process can result in ‘stranded assets’, assets that have suffered from unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluations, or conversion to liabilities. 1 Stranded assets are therefore a regular and necessary feature of dynamic economic systems, a phenomenon inherent in the ‘creative destruction’2 of economic growth, transformation, and innovation.


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Marine Litter in the Northwest Pacific Region
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication is intended to provide information for the general public, governments and private sector on the marine litter problem and its solutions in the NOWPAP region. The publication consists of two parts (which were published separately by NOWPAP in 2007):
- Part I: Regional Overview of Marine Litter in the NOWPAP Region; and
- Part II: NOWPAP Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter.


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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries: Contributions to Reducing Global Emissions - Third Report
United Nations Environment Programme, The 1 Gigaton Coalition

Providing real world examples of RE and EE initiatives in developing countries, this report features six in-depth case studies of ongoing programmes and policies in cities throughout the world. These case studies demonstrate the compounding benefits to human health, the economy, and environment that result from smartly planned RE and EE efforts. The cases feature collaborative initiatives in which the public sector and private companies work together to develop, implement, and scale climate action.


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Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity: Assessment Report for the UNEP International Resource Panel
United Nations Environment Programme, International Resource Panel

This report finds that global material use has tripled over the past four decades, with annual global extraction of materials growing from 22 billion tonnes (1970) to 70 billion tonnes (2010). It also provides a new material footprint indicator, reporting the amount of materials that are required for final consumption, which sheds light on the true impact of economies. By relating global supply chains to final demand for resources, the indicator is a good proxy for the average material standard of living in a country. It indicates that the level of development and well-being in wealthy industrial countries has been achieved largely through highly resource-intensive patterns of consumption and production, which are not sustainable, even less replicable to other parts of the world.


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Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability
United Nations Environment Programme

The benefits of plastic are undeniable. The material is cheap, lightweight and easy to make. These qualities have led to a boom in the production of plastic over the past century. This trend will continue as global plastic production skyrockets over the next 10 to 15 years. We are already unable to cope with the amount of plastic waste we generate, unless we rethink the way we manufacture, use and manage plastics. Ultimately, tackling one of the biggest environmental scourges of our time will require governments to regulate, businesses to innovate and individuals to act.
This paper sets out the latest thinking on how we can achieve this. It looks at what governments, businesses and individuals have achieved at national and sub-national levels to curb the consumption of single-use plastics. It offers lessons that may be useful for policymakers who are considering regulating the production and use of single-use plastics.


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