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UNEP Year Book 2012: emerging issues in our global environment
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP Year Book 2012 shows that we have been experiencing an exceptional level of ecological extremes. However, scientists and policy makers have been making headway on addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues. The 2012 Year Book presents the most important events and developments from the year, gives a picture of the status of key environmental indicators, and also highlights two emerging issues in detail: the benefits of soil carbon and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. The Year Book is intended to strengthen the science-policy interface by informing interested parties about the most relevant environmental issues.


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2012
Reports and Books
Sustainable consumption and production for poverty alleviation
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper explores the type and quality of linkages between the objective of achieving sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, and those of poverty alleviation and sustainable development. The paper constructs a theoretical framework based on the analysis of development specialists, as well as scenarios and empirical data which show how natural resources and the environment underpin development efforts. A number of case studies in key economic sectors, including energy, agriculture, waste management and urban development are provided, to validate this theoretical framework. These case studies identify and where possible quantify the combination of economic, social and environmental gains secured by shifting towards SCP patterns. The relationship between indicators of development and SCP is also explored, highlighting important overlaps and complementarities between them. The papers conclusions highlight the economic and social gains for developing countries from the shift to SCP, which also sustains nature’s productive ecosystems.


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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
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Moving towards a climate neutral UN: the UN systems footprint and efforts to reduce it
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents most recent analysis of the UN's performance in implementing the UN's Climate Neutral Strategy. It includes the details of the greenhouse gas emissions for 54 entities in 2010, as well as a breakdown of emissions by activity. It also details progress in reducing emissions and plans for the future.


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2012
Reports and Books
Global outlook on sustainable consumption and production policies: taking action together
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Policies, developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the financial support of the European Commission, provides a non-exhaustive review of policies and initiatives that are promoting the shift towards SCP patterns. This report identifies examples of effective policies and initiatives being implemented worldwide. It reviews 56 case studies ranging from global multilateral agreements and regional strategies to specific policies and initiatives and shows progress achieved in promoting SCP, highlighting best practices and offering recommendations to scale up and replicate these important efforts worldwide.


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2012
Reports and Books
Advancing sustainable tourism: a regional sustainable tourism situation analysis
Andrews. Sherma, Cumberbatch, Janice, Hinds, Catrina

The Caribbean economy is highly dependent on the tourism industry, and the protection of the natural and cultural attractions on which it depends, is critical. To address this concern, this study was conducted to provide a progress report on sustainable tourism in the Caribbean region. It reports on the sustainable tourism priorities of Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) member countries to identify country needs, priorities, barriers and opportunities, as well as current funding and the types of projects funded in the region.


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2012
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2012: Confronting Rising Inequality in Asia
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook (ADO) provides a comprehensive analysis of economic performance for the past year and offers forecasts for the next 2 years for the 45 economies in Asia and the Pacific that make up developing Asia. Despite weak global demand, Asian Development Outlook 2012 expects that developing Asia will largely maintain its growth momentum in the next couple of years, in an environment of easing inflation for most regional economies, although policy makers must be alert to further oil-price spikes arising from threats of oil supply disruptions. The report sees that the greatest risk to the outlook is the uncertainty surrounding the resolution of sovereign debt problems in the eurozone. Still, in the absence of any sudden shocks, developing Asia can manage the effects on its trade flows and financial markets. The theme chapter looks at widening inequality: in spite of developing Asia’s great success in raising living standards and reducing poverty, swelling income disparities threaten to undermine the pace of progress. Regional policy makers need to ensure that the benefits of growth are widely shared.


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2012
Reports and Books
A practical framework for planning pro-development climate policy
United Nations Environment Programme

MCA4climate is a major new UNEP initiative providing practical assistance to governments in preparing their climate change mitigation and adaptation plans and strategies. It aims to help governments, particularly in developing countries, identify policies and measures that are low cost, environmentally effective and consistent with national development goals. It does this by providing a structured approach to assessing and prioritizing climate-policy options, while taking into consideration associated social, economic, environmental and institutional costs and benefits. In doing so, it seeks to counter the widely held perception that tackling climate change is costly, highlight the potential developmental benefits of addressing climate change and encourage action to that end.


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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
Reports and Books
Antigua and Barbuda: National GEF Implemetation Strategy 2012 - 2014
Antigua and Barbuda

The National Portfolio Formulation Exercise identified the modalities of access, direct or indirect that Antigua and Barbuda will consider using over the next GEF cycle and will be building its capacity to meet the equirements that this approach demands.


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2012