Tagged on: Harmful substances

Infographics and Flyers
Lead: Did you know? - Part 1 [Infographic]
United Nations Environment Programme

Lead is a widely used metal that is harmful to human health and the environment


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2016
Infographics and Flyers
Lead: Who is at risk? [Iinfographic]
United Nations Environment Programme

Lead is a widely used metal that is harmful to human health and the environment


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2016
GEO
GEO-6: Global Environment Outlook: Regional assessment for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level. Backed by a large body of recent, credible scientific evidence, regional-wide consultations and a robust intergovernmental process, the assessment demonstrates economic growth and improved access to basic services in the region. It also highlights the complexity of the interlinked environmental, social and economic challenges now confronting decision makers.


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2016
Infographics and Flyers
Lead: What can you do? [Infographic]
United Nations Environment Programme

Lead is a widely used metal that is harmful to human health and the environment


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2016
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
Programme Performance Reports
UNEP Programme Performance Report 2014-2015
United Nations Environment Programme

The biennium 2014-2015 marks the end of the first half of the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy for the period 2014-2017 and the implementation of the Programme of Work for 2014-2015. UNEP’s performance review shows that as of December 2015, 70 per cent of expected accomplishments (i.e. planned outcomes) in the Programme of Work for the biennium 2014-2015 had been achieved, and 79 per cent of the targeted indicators had been achieved (see Figures 1 and 2). This result was based on a total expenditure of $795.8 million, 128.6 per cent of the biennium’s projected budget. Income exceeded the projected budget.


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2015
Programme Performance Reports
UNEP Programme Performance Report 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

2014 marked the evolution of UNEP’s governing body from a 58-member Council to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) with universal membership (193 countries), demonstrating that the environment is a global concern. This new political platform provided a broader overarching context for the work of UNEP in 2014, with a challenge to provide added value to a growing community of stakeholders with high expectations.


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2015
Reports and Books
The United Nations Environment Programme and the 2030 Agenda: Global Action for People and the Planet
United Nations Environment Programme

Unemployment, resource scarcity, climate change, food insecurity and inequity all signal the need for radical change in our societies. To bring this change, the entire UN system must meet the challenge of delivering sustainable development with shared prosperity for all, within the ecological limits of our planet. The UN’s role in this transformation is to assist countries to implement the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a balanced and integrated manner.


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2015
Manuals and Guides
Guidelines for environmentally sound management of used oils in the Mediterranean
United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan

This technical guide provides background information and data on used oils, information on ecolabelling for lubricants and alternatives such as bio-lubricants, associated environmental problems caused by used oils as well as information on the main used oil treatment technologies. It also describes in plain and simple language the possible steps towards the environmentally sound management of used oils that can generally be applied to any given country that goes from stakeholder engagement to final rerefining/ recycling and shows several case studies on used oil pollution prevention.


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2015
Reports and Books
Global Waste Management Outlook
United Nations Environment Programme, International Waste Management Association

The Global Waste Management Outlook, a collective effort of the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Waste Management Association, is a pioneering scientific global assessment on the state of waste management and a call for action to the international community. Prepared as a follow up to the Rio+20 Summit and as a response to UNEP Governing Council decision GC 27/12, the document establishes the rationale and the tools for taking a holistic approach towards waste management and recognizing waste and resource management as a significant contributor to sustainable development and climate change mitigation. The Outlook is primarily focused on the ‘governance’ issues which need to be addressed to establish a sustainable solution – including the regulatory and other policy instruments, the partnerships and the financing models. Broad in scope and global in coverage, the Outlook includes a series of Topic Sheets and case studies addressing specific issues and illustrating featured initiatives. This document provides an inspiring possible way forward on waste management, drawing conclusions and making recommendations to assist policy makers and practitioners to develop local solutions for waste management. To complement the Sustainable Development Goals of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Outlook sets forth Global Waste Management Goals and a Global Call to Action to achieve those goals.


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2015