Tagged on: Disasters and Conflicts

Reports and Books
Poverty-Environment Initiative: annual progress report 2011
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Continued integration of pro-poor environmental sustainability issues into development processes is at the core of the work of the joint United Nations Development Programme United Nations Environment Programme Poverty-Environment Initiative (UNDP-UNEP PEI). PEI is an exemplar of how to articulate social, economic and environmental sustainability in development policies and plans at the country level. The year 2011 has been a critical one in accomplishing the transition from making the case for the integration of poverty-environment objectives into key development issues and actually making this integration happen. This report highlights many of the successes and some of the challenges PEI has faced during 2011.


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2012
GEO
Global Environment Outlook 5: Environment for the future we want
United Nations Environment Programme

In 1995, in support of UNEPs unique mandate within the UN system to keep under review the world environmental situation, (GA resolution 2997 of December 1972), the UNEP Governing Council requested a new, comprehensive report on the state of the world environment (Decision 18/27 C). The tool that UNEP employs to do this is the Global Environment Outlook or GEO. GEO is a process of conducting a global integrated environmental assessment that delivers the best available scientific findings to policy makers so that they can make informed decisions. In this way, the assessment bridges the science and policy realms. GEO is also a product. Using integrated environmental assessment (IEA) methodology, UNEP has produced a series of GEO reports which have analyzed environmental state and trends at the global and regional scales, described plausible outlooks for various time frames and formulated policy options. Each GEO report builds on the assessment findings of its predecessor and also draws from lessons learned on process. The 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council, through Decision 25/2: III, requested the Executive Director to undertake a comprehensive integrated global assessment, the fifth report in the Global Environment Outlook series, GEO-5.


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2012
Reports and Books
Fresh water for the future: a synopsis of UNEP activities in water
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication gives a snapshot of the significant contribution that UNEP with its partners have made around the world in protecting our limited fresh water resources for the improvement of livelihoods, focusing on the ecosystems approaches in line with its mandate case studies range from on-ground intervention to normative work at national, regional and global level.


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2012
Reports and Books
Managing post-disaster debris: the Japan experience
United Nations Environment Programme

In March 2011, a massive earthquake off the north-east coast of Japan triggered a tsunami that created an unprecedented volume of debris. The debris management operation which is currently ongoing along the Tohoku coast is the largest of its kind in the world. In order to share international experiences in disaster debris management and to document the lessons from the Japanese experience, a UNEP international expert team visited the Tohoku area in early 2012.


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2012
GEO
GEO-5 summary for policy makers
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is a summary for policy makers. It highlights the findings of the fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) report.


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2012
Annual Reports
UNEP 2011 annual report
United Nations Environment Programme

2011 proved a landmark year in which many of the transformational reforms, launched in 2008, really began to bear fruit in terms of a transition to a results-based, more effective and more responsive UNEP. This is a summary of UNEP's work in 2011.


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2012
Manuals and Guides
Uganda position paper on RIO+20
Government of Uganda

Uganda, 1. Welcomes the decision of the UN General Assembly in Resolution No. 64/236 to convene the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to focus on the green economy in the context of sustainable development, poverty eradication, and institutional framework for sustainable development. 2. Calls on Rio+20 to focus on intergovernmental processes and country efforts towards eradicating poverty, creating an equitable society as well as sustainable management of natural resources. 3. Underscores the importance of renewed political commitment and the need for countries to work together towards achieving Sustainable Development. 4. Wishes to see more progress on implementation of sustainable development programmes, fast tracking the mechanism of technology transfer backed by long term, new and additional, predictable and adequate funding channeled through existing country mechanisms.


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2011
Annual Reports
The UNEP programme in Afghanistan: Annual report 2010
United Nations Environment Programme

Whilst much of UNEP’s focus is at the national level – building environmental institutions, improving technical expertise, and developing environmental management tools (such as laws and policies) – UNEP ensures that this work is symbiotically linked to its field-level projects, so that lessons learnt from piloting new, innovative approaches at the community level feed into national-level policy development, and vice-versa.


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2011
Reports and Books
Freshwater under Threat – Pacific Islands
United Nations Environment Programme

This study undertakes a vulnerability assessment of the freshwater resources of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs), based on input from technical experts and regional resource managers. The approach assumes that the vulnerability of freshwater resources is dependent upon the resources available to meet the productive, consumptive and environment uses||the pollution and development pressures||and the management capacity to respond to these pressures. This approach highlights the importance of drivers such as climate variability and change, population growth, urban migration and economic development to water resource vulnerability through their influence on the state of freshwater resources and the associated pressures.


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2011
Reports and Books
Livelihood security: Climate Change, Conflict and Migration in the Sahel
United Nations Environment Programme

The Sahelian countries (CILSS) are among the poorest countries in the world with the most degraded environments. They are also among the countries that are the most vulnerable to the estimated effects of climate change. This makes the region an area to focus regional and international attention on, in respect to the possible effects of climate change and its potential linkages to migration and/or conflict. This study focuses on the nine countries that form the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel namely, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger, Gambia and Burkina Faso.


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2011