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REDD+ Academy Learning Journal Edition 1 - Fall 2015
UN-REDD Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

The REDD+ Academy is a coordinated REDD+ capacity development initiative led by the UN-REDD Programme and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit, which seeks to match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge and enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground. The REDD+ Academy is a comprehensive response to capacity building needs identified by the countries receiving support from the UN-REDD Programme. The main aim of the REDD+ Academy is to empower potential “REDD+ champions” with the requisite knowledge and skills to promote the implementation of national REDD+ activities.


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2015
Reports and Books
Plastic in Cosmetics: Are We Polluting the Environment through our Personal Care?
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper focuses on the emerging issue of plastic particles in personal care and cosmetic product (PCCP) formulations as a possible source of micro-sized plastic litter. Known as ‘microbeads’, when used in PCCPs, these microplastic ingredients are solid materials that fall under the definition of marine litter when emitted to the marine environment. The concern is that plastic ingredients in products that are being used by consumers in households worldwide are contributing to the total abundance of plastic particles smaller than 5 mm in the ocean today.


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2015
Reports and Books
Practical Sourcebook on Mercury Waste Storage and Disposal
United Nations Environment Programme

The Practical Sourcebook aims to enhance the capacity of governments and other relevant stakeholders to store and dispose mercury wastes in an environmentally sound manner.


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2015
Reports and Books
A Measured Approach to Ending Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity
The World Bank

Following the formal announcement of the goals in April 2013, the World Bank has begun to assess what the new goals will mean for its work in different regions, and how the organization itself will need to change in response to the goals. This Policy Research Report contributes to this ongoing assessment, by focusing specifically on the data and measurement issues surrounding the goals. It lays out the conceptual underpinnings of the goals, assesses what reaching the goals will take, and reviews the data requirements for monitoring the goals.


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2015
Reports and Books
Fighting Environmental Crime in Spain: A Country Report
European Union

In recent decades, as a consequence of the rising awareness of the damage caused by economic development to the environment, the Spanish legislator has resorted to using criminal law to protect the environment, first, following the guidelines settled by the Council of Europe in its resolutions and its 1998 Convention on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law, which however, never came into force and, secondly, with a deeper impact on the criminal legal system, by the European Union through its Directives, in particular, the Directive 2008/99/EC of 19 November 2008 on the protection of the environment through criminal law.


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2015
Reports and Books
UNEP Regional Office for North America Newsletter
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Regional Office for North America December 2015 Newsletter


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2015
Reports and Books
Design of a Sustainable Financial System: Swiss Team Input into the UNEP Inquiry
Swiss Team for the United Nations Environment Programme Inquiry

The UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System identifies financing as one of the greatest challenges in advancing sustainable development. Switzerland is strongly committed to environmental issues. In combination with its advanced financial sector, which includes pioneers in the field of sustainable finance, and its technical expertise, Switzerland is in a unique position to present an opportunity for the transition to a green and inclusive economy. The Swiss team for the UNEP Inquiry gathers representatives of the financial sector, NGOs and academia along with government representatives to reflect on the Inquiry’s questions regarding a financial system aligned to sustainable development.


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2015
Reports and Books
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
Reports and Books
Establishing China’s Green Financial System: Final Report of the Green Finance Task Force
United Nations Environment Programme

In 2014 the Research 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 by the UNEP Inquiry to consider the steps that China could take to establish a green financial system. This report is the outcome of this process, and in it the Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China presents an ambitious framework of recommendations . Pan Gongsheng, Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, states in the forward that “the People’s Bank of China is spearheading the drafting of the 13th Five Year Plan for the reform and development of China’s financial sector||green finance will be a key element of this plan”.


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2015
Reports and Books
Evaluating National Policies on Corporate Sustainability Reporting
United Nations Environment Programme, Group of Friends of Paragraph 47

The global landscape of sustainability reporting is changing fast, and government policy is emerging as a key driver for ensuring the increased corporate transparency and accountability that is required for progress towards sustainable development. Evaluating National Public Policies on Corporate Sustainability Reporting intends to support Governments in building an enabling environment for sustainability reporting, and in identifying and disseminating lessons learned and best practices, in line with the call of Paragraph 47 of the Rio+20 Outcome Document. This publication provides concrete policy recommendations for Governments interested in designing or further developing their sustainability reporting policies, based on lessons learned from the experiences of the GoF47 member Governments of Brazil, Chile, Denmark, France and South Africa. It also includes an extensive overview and assessment of the policy frameworks in these countries.


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2015