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Annual Reports
Environment under review: Promoting evidence-based decision making through integrated knowledge - UNEP 2015 Annual Report
United Nations Environment Programme

To keep the environment under review, UNEP focuses on bridging the gap between the producers and users of environmental information, better linking science to policy. To do so, the organization focuses on three areas: Assessment – Facilitating global, regional and national policy-making from environmental information made available on open platforms. Early warning – Enabling better policy planning that incorporates information on emerging environmental issues. Information management – Enhancing the capacity of countries to generate, access, analyze, use and communicate environmental information and knowledge.


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2016
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Maurice Strong (1929 – 2015) - UNEP 2015 Annual Report
United Nations Environment Programme

Late last year, the world lost one of its greats when Maurice Strong, the founding Executive Director of UNEP, passed at the age of 86 – just days before the Paris Agreement that is, in many ways, a legacy of his life of environmental leadership. Maurice Strong was a truly exceptional human being and a leader in the global family. Few individuals can claim to have shaped the course of history over the past 50 years in the way Maurice Strong did, and he continued to exert huge influence until the last days of his life.


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2016
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A victory for the Climate in Paris – UNEP 2015 Annual Report
United Nations Environment Programme

On 12 December 2015, at the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, one of the most important international agreements in history.


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2016
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United Nations Environment Programme: Annual Report 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Annual Report


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2016
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Climate change: Minimizing the scale and impact of climate change – UNEP 2015 Annual Report
United Nations Environment Programme

In its work on combating climate change, UNEP focuses on three areas: Climate resilience – Supporting countries in using ecosystem-based approaches to adapt and build resilience to climate change. Low-emission growth – Supporting countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adopt renewable energy, increase energy efficiency measures and reduce air pollution. REDD+ – Enabling countries to seize investment opportunities that reduce greenhouse emissions from deforestation and forest degradation with adequate social and environmental safeguards.


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2016
Reports and Books
Lenders and Investors Environmental Liability: How Much is Too Much?
United Nations Environment Programme

This working paper presents an overview of Lender Environmental Liability (LEL) and Investor Environmental Liability (IEL) regimes and issues. Environmental harm and degradation is often irreparable. Therefore, our assumption is that precaution is the main objective of any international and domestic environmental legal regime. The paper explores the conditions under which LEL/IEL can be effective tool to promote precaution. To illustrate our premise, we created a model based on Nash’s game theory in an attempt to universalize some basic concepts in the design of these systems. By using Nash’s game theory we aim to answer the question presented in the title of our paper: how much is too much environmental liability for a financial institution to bear? We argue that full environmental liability (where financial institutions bear unlimited liability) may have the perverse effect of incentivising them to internalize any duty of care, in case they bear full liability. - See more at: http://unepinquiry.org/publication/lenders-and-investors-environmental-l...


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2016
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Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations Environment Programme: Annual Report 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP’s role in environmental sustainability for the 2030 Agenda. In September, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all. About half of the SDGs are directly environmental in focus or address the sustainability of natural resources: poverty, health, food and agriculture, water and sanitation, human settlements, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, oceans, and terrestrial ecosystems. UNEP promotes environmental sustainability as a crucial enabling factor in ensuring the health of our planet, and is committed to working with all parties to ensure the success of the ambitious agenda.


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2016
Reports and Books
Global metrics for the environment: The Environmental Performance Index ranks countries‘ performance on high-priority environmental issues
Yale University, World Economic Forum and CIESIN

This Index builds on previous EPIs, innovating in key areas including, for the first time, human health metrics that capture health risks across all ages and genders instead of using child mortality as a proxy. The 2016 EPI introduces novel measures of agricultural sustainability that form a foundation for a comprehensive suite of agriculture indicators to be developed. This EPI also includes new species protection indicators that speak to key conservation outcomes, shining a light on badly needed measures of biodiversity loss.


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2016
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Environmental governance: Strengthening global governance in an interconnected world - UNEP 2015 Annual Report
United Nations Environment Programme

In its work on environmental governance, the overarching element that needs to be strengthened to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international frameworks, including the recently adopted Paris Agreement, UNEP focuses on three areas: Coherence and synergy – Improving the manner in which the UN system and multilateral environmental agreements achieve policy coherence. Law and institutions – Enhancing the capacities of countries to establish and enforce legal and institutional frameworks to address environmental priorities. Mainstreaming the environment into development processes – Assisting countries to integrate environment into sectoral and development processes and plans, including those on poverty reduction.


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2016
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How Paris Became the Capital of Climate Finance
United Nations Environment Programme

This working paper traces the evolution of the ‘networked solution’ to finance that came together at the COP21 in Paris, linking the formal negotiations with a broader set of actions by financial regulators, by financial institutions and also by civil society. It explores the creative dynamic between France’s efforts to stimulate action within its own domestic financial system, and the international steps harnessing the financial system for climate security. It closes with reflections on how this new approach can be deepened in the year ahead. - See more at: http://unepinquiry.org/publication/how-paris-became-the-capital-of-clima...


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2016