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Briefing paper
Pastoralism and the Green Economy - A Natural Nexus? - Briefing Note
United Nations Environment Programme

A policy summary of Pastoralism and the Green Economy - a natural nexus? This study focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential for securing sustainable management and green economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands. It synthesises existing evidence and uses practical examples from mobile pastoralism in Europe, Latin America, North America, Central, Western and Southern Asia, Australia and throughout Africa to both demonstrate the system’s inherent characteristics for adaptive sustainability and some of the key opportunities and challenges for promoting development in rangelands. Finally, the study identifies the key enabling conditions required for pastoralism to deliver on its potential role in a Green Economy.


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2014
Briefing paper
Technical Advisory Paper No. 2 - Goals and Targets for Global Water Quality Assessment: UNEP GEMS/Water Programme
United Nations Environment Programme

The present paper represents the “corporate view” of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on global water quality monitoring, and the most salient issues facing GEMS/Water. It forms the basis for determining partnership activities: on one hand, the most constructive ways in which partner organizations can contribute to the successful implementation of core activities; and, on the other hand, the best ways for meeting partners’ data and service needs.


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2005
Briefing paper
Greening the Financial System: Exploring the Ways Forward - A Briefing
United Nations Environment Programme

This briefing summarises the discussions held during the “Greening the Financial System: Exploring the Ways Forward” event in Washington, D.C. on 12 October 2017. The goal of this convening, the fourth in the series, was to examine lessons from developing and implementing green finance initiatives over the last few years and to highlight successful examples and opportunities, particularly from China and of green digital finance.


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Briefing paper, Policy/strategy document
Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme, Convention on Biological Diversity, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The World Bank, United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)

This short document provides illustrative examples of how biodiversity can play an essential role in efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Details on the linkages between biodiversity and each of the SDGs are contained in the “Technical Note on Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.


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Briefing paper
Greening the Financial System: Enhancing Competitiveness Through Economic Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This briefing summarises the discussions held during a roundtable for market and policy leaders in Washington, D.C. on 20 April 2017. The goal of the event was to explore pathways to scale and speed up green finance and to harness its benefits for long-term sustainable growth and competitiveness.

The key messages are:

Green finance made substantial progress and gained prominence as an important asset class. New green financial products are facilitating investment in green and resilient businesses and infrastructure.
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations can alter market practice by boosting environmental risk visibility, assisting investment and lending decision-making. Early evidence points to promising impacts on innovation, strategy shifts and cultural change.
Effective public and private action is needed for a step change in the speed and scale of green finance, keeping in mind the broader effects on competitiveness, risk management and sustainable development.
Smart use of public money, such as using blended finance to lower risks that private investors avoid, is critical to maximize the leverage of private capital.
Development banks and financial institutions play a key role in catalysing private finance through balance sheets as well as standard setting power.
The rapid development and disrupting potential of financial technology (fintech) holds great opportunities to broaden the investor base and unlock new business models for green finance.


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Briefing paper
Technical Advisory Paper No. 3 Future Needs in Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment
United Nations Environment Programme

The present paper represents the “corporate view” of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on global water quality monitoring, and the most salient issues facing GEMS/Water. It forms the basis for determining partnership activities: on one hand, the most constructive ways in which partner organizations can contribute to the successful implementation of core activities; and, on the other hand, the best ways for meeting partners’ data and service needs.
This section also focuses on key projects in which GEMS/Water is, or should be, actively engaged.


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Briefing paper
On the Hoof: Livestock Trade in Darfur - Policy Briefing Paper
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper highlights the impact of conflict on the livestock trade in Darfur and outlines ways in which that trade can be supported in the future, to benefit livelihoods and the economy in Darfur and nationally. It is based on a research report (UNEP, 2012 ‘On the Hoof: Livestock Trade in Darfur’).


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Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape: Current Progress on Three Key Capacities for Climate Resilience
United Nations Environment Programme

The briefing paper then discusses the challenges – both conceptual and data-related – that this type of assessment faces and suggests ways of overcoming them. While gaining a better understanding of progress under the Anticipate, Absorb and Reshape pillars is important to the A2R Initiative, this paper also aims to contribute to the broader discussion on metrics and methodologies for assessing climate resilience.


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Briefing paper
Building Afghanistan’s Resilience: Natural Hazards, Climate Change, and Humanitarian Needs - A paper for the 2016 Brussels Conference on Afghanistan
United Nations Environment Programme

Unless urgent action is taken to build the resilience of Afghanistan’s households, communities, and environment, much of the country’s development gains over the past 15 years could be at risk.


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Briefing paper, Information Document/note
Mainstreaming and Synergies
United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment has embarked on a series of activities promoting mainstreaming and synergies at global, regional and national levels through the provision of guidance to Parties to the Conventions, capacity building and institutional strengthening.


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