Tagged on: Climate change

Reports and Books
Gender equality and the environment: A Guide to UNEP's work
United Nations Environment Programme

This document outlines the linkages between gender equality and the environment, the impacts of gender inequality, how unequal participation in policy- and decision-making stymie effective action on tackling environmental challenges, and opportunities to unlock the untapped potential of both men and women in confronting these challenges. The document will also describe how UNEP, in accordance with its Policy and Strategy, is endeavouring to redress this gender imbalance.


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2016
Policy and Strategy Documents
UNEP Medium Term Strategy 2018-2021
United Nations Environment Programme

The medium-term strategy (MTS) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) sets out an analysis of the significant environmental challenges that the world will face in the coming years. Within this framework, the MTS for the period 2018 - 2021 is informed by relevant resolutions and decisions of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the General Assembly and the UNEP Governing Council, and by the strategies and plans of multilateral environmental agreements and other internationally agreed environmental goals.


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2016
Healthy environment, healthy people
United Nations Environment Programme

The factsheets highlights Why addressing the links between environment and health is important and why it matters


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2016
Climate change
United Nations Environment Programme

This factsheet This factsheet highlights how the latest assessment by UNEP and World Meteorological Organization-supported Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that climate change is affecting many communities, with far greater impacts to come.


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2016
Sand and dust storms
United Nations Environment Programme

This factsheet highlights how sand and dust storms are a global environmental problem that affects the health and livelihoods of millions of people across the world.


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2016
Reports and Books
World heritage and tourism in a changing climate
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), Union of Concerned Scientists

This report provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. It also examines the close relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development and uncontrolled or poorly managed visitor access, as well as other threats and stresses.


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2016
Reports and Books
Building a Sustainable Financial System in the European Union: The Five ‘R’ s of Market and Policy Innovation for the Green Transition
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents a stock-take of actions under way at the European Union level and in selected Member States to align the rules governing the financial system with environmental sustainability. Looking across the range of innovations across the EU, five broad policy priorities emerge. The central challenge of financing sustainable development in the EU is one of capital reallocation. Enhancing frameworks for risk management, clarifying the core responsibilities of financial institutions and improving reporting and disclosure across these dimensions will be necessary to fully unlock flows of sustainable finance. A growing number of Member States are delivering on individual aspects of these priorities, and others are acting within given asset classes. The debate is now advancing to the system level and the need for a strategic reset, seeking to link previously unconnected initiatives and to enhance the capacity of the financial system to support renewed economic competitiveness and improved sustainability performance. - See more at: http://unepinquiry.org/publication/european-union-report/#sthash.IG0HHF6...


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2016
Reports and Books
Food systems and natural resources
United Nations Environment Programme

The IRP Food Systems and Natural Resources report assesses the current status and dynamics of natural resource use in food systems and their environmental impacts, identifying opportunities to move towards more resource-smart food systems. It responds to policy relevant questions like what do sustainable food systems look like from a natural resource perspective? How can resource efficiency improvements be made to enhance food security? How to steer transition towards sustainable food systems? Moreover, it looks at food as a crucial connection point (a ‘node’) where various societal issues coincide, such as human dependence on natural resources, the environment, health and wellbeing. Rather than looking separately at resources such as land, water and minerals, the IRP has chosen a systems approach. The report looks at all the resources needed for the primary production of food, as well as for other food system activities (e.g. processing, distribution) considering not only the set of activities, but also the range of actors engaged in them and the outcomes in terms of food security, livelihoods and human health.


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2016
Summaries
Food systems and natural resources: Summary for policy makers
United Nations Environment Programme

The IRP Food Systems and Natural Resources report assesses the current status and dynamics of natural resource use in food systems and their environmental impacts, identifying opportunities to move towards more resource-smart food systems. It responds to policy relevant questions like what do sustainable food systems look like from a natural resource perspective? How can resource efficiency improvements be made to enhance food security? How to steer transition towards sustainable food systems? Moreover, it looks at food as a crucial connection point (a ‘node’) where various societal issues coincide, such as human dependence on natural resources, the environment, health and wellbeing. Rather than looking separately at resources such as land, water and minerals, the IRP has chosen a systems approach. The report looks at all the resources needed for the primary production of food, as well as for other food system activities (e.g. processing, distribution) considering not only the set of activities, but also the range of actors engaged in them and the outcomes in terms of food security, livelihoods and human health


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2016
Reports and Books
Resource efficiency: Potential and economic implications: Summary for Policy-Makers
United Nations Environment Programme

The assessment demonstrates that because many areas of resource use are rela vely ine cient, the poten al for resource e ciency is tremendous. This is supported by the results of the modelling undertaken for this study, which shows that resource e ciency combined with climate policy could at the same time stabilise global resource use by 2050 and boost incomes and economic growth.


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2016