Tagged on: China

Reports and Books
ECGFS Detailed Recommendation 4: Discounted Green Loans
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2014 the Resuarch Bureau of the People’s Bank of China convened a Green Finance Task Force made up of 40 experts from ministries, financial regulators, academics, banks and other financial institutions, complemented by international experts brought together


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2015
Reports and Books
UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging issues in our global environment
United Nations Environment Programme

Ten years after the first Year Book in this series appeared, a special e-book anniversary edition – UNEP Year Book 2014 – presents a fresh look at ten issues highlighted over the past decade. This UNEP Year Book 2014 takes advantage of the latest technology, providing a multi-media experience that helps illustrate the environmental challenges we face today and some of the innovative solutions that have been created to solve those challenges. Video, animations, data visualization and stunning images from around the world help tell the stories


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2014
Reports and Books
Asia Protected Planet Report 2014: Tracking progress towards targets for protected areas in Asia
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

This report assesses progress towards the achievement of elements of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in 24 selected countries in East Asia, South Asia and South-east Asia. These are referred to as the “Asia Region” throughout this report and are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam.


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2014
Our Planet
Greening Business - Our Planet April 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

Greening business – and the business of greening – is essential to the global transformation to an inclusive, resource efficient and low-carbon economy. There has been significant progress in the last two decades. Many private sector companies, as this edition of Our Planet shows, are now partners for change. They are critical actors for meeting today’s environmental challenges and are seeing the benefit of creating decent jobs in a green economy


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2014
Reports and Books
Enforcement of Environmental Law: Good Practices from Africa, Central Asia, ASEAN Countries and China
China ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Centre, United Nations Environment Programme

This booklet on Enforcement of Environmental Law: Good Practices from Africa, Central Asia, ASEAN Countries and China compiles and documents good practices on enforcement of environmental laws that were shared from selected countries as a tool to guide other countries when strengthening their enforcement.


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2014
Reports and Books
Financial System Impact of Disruptive Innovation
United Nations Environment Programme

This report examines disruptive innovations and their implications for the design of a green and inclusive financial system – innovations driven by top-down, centralised innovation in policy and regulation or by bottom-up, decentralised financial market innovation||innovations stimulated by long-terms shifts in environmental and social factors or technological innovations. The scale of the challenge of the transition to such a system calls for flexibility and experimentation with a diverse set of policy approaches."


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2014
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2014: Fiscal Policy for Inclusive Growth
Asian Development Bank

Developing Asia is expected to extend its steady growth. The region's growth is projected to edge up from 6.1% in 2013 to 6.2% in 2014 and 6.4% in 2015. Moderating growth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as its economy adjusts to more balanced growth will offset to some extent the stronger demand expected from the industrial countries as their economies recover. Risks to the outlook have eased and are manageable. The monetary policy shift in the United States (US) may invite some volatility ahead in financial markets, albeit mitigated by accommodative monetary policy in Japan and the euro area. The regional growth outlook depends on continued recovery in the major industrial economies and on the PRC managing to contain internal credit growth smoothly. Greater Public Spending Needed to Reduce Inequality Widening income gaps in developing Asia strengthens the case for greater use of fiscal policy to foster equality of opportunity. While the region has benefited from fiscal prudence in the past, demographic and environmental challenges are expected to compete for public resources in the coming years. To boost public spending on equity-enhancing programs such as education and health without undermining fiscal sustainability, the authorities will need to explore a wide range of options for mobilizing revenue and to build equity objectives into their fiscal plans.


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2014
Our Planet
The First United Nations Environment Assembly - Our Planet June 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

The first ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the core theme of this issue of Our Planet. Sustainable Development Goals, the need to decouple economic growth from natural resource depletion and the way forward within the context of the Post-2105 Development Agenda are all robustly discussed in this edition’s feature articles. With contributions from experts in sustainable development, the topics range from the role cities can take in lowering their carbon footprint, through progress in environmental planning in China, to Africa’s opportunities to develop its renewable energy sources. Three inspiring innovations relating to sustainable development are also covered along with UNEP’s latest publications and a section on the organization’s dedicated goodwill ambassadors.


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2014
Reports and Books
UNEP global environmental alert service: May 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

The deep ocean, the largest biome on Earth at over 1 000 metres below the surface of the ocean, holds vast quantities of untapped energy resources, precious metals and minerals. Advancements in technology have enabled greater access to these treasures. As a result, deep sea mining is becoming increasingly possible. To date no commercial deep sea mining operation has taken place, but plans to open a deep sea mine have recently been announced. Our ability to anticipate the impacts of mining is limited by the lack of knowledge about deep sea biodiversity, ecosystem complexity, and the extent of environmental and social impacts from mining operations. As such, it is important that policies guiding mineral extraction from the deep seas are rooted into adaptive management – allowing for the integration of new scientific information alongside advances in technology. Governance mechanisms for international waters and the seabed need to be strengthened. The precautionary approach should be used to avoid repeating instances of well-known destructive practices associated with conventional mining.


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2014
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2013 Update: Governance and Public Service Delivery
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook, generally launched in April, presents an analysis of developing Asia’s recent economic performance plus its prospects for the next 2 years. This Update shows whether these forecasts were met, explaining divergence between forecasts and the actual outturn, and firms the forecasts for the next 18 months or so.


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2013