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Our Planet - October 2016: Urban solutions: Making cities strong, smart, sustainable
United Nations Environment Programme

In this issue of Our Planet, government leaders, environmental policy makers, and experts in settlements and urban health examine the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly urbanizing world.


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2016
Our Planet
Our Planet: Inclusive green economy: Building bridges to a sustainable future
UNEP

The success of green economies hinges on how inclusive they are, with consultation, dialogue and wide participation essential elements. In this issue of Our Planet, policymakers, distinguished stakeholders and environmental experts explore the many pathways towards an inclusive green economy. It is widely agreed that the green economy discourse needs to be brought much closer to the people, with an emphasis on valuing the invisible, involving communities and stimulating environmental employment. Experience proves that “green” policies will struggle to make a long-term impact unless they deliver what communities need. Read within this March issue how small actions from citizens in the city of Seoul, Korea created a greener, healthier city||how China is embracing am ‘ecological civilisation’ and discover the successes that Barbados has achieved in building a green economy. This edition also highlights UNEP’s continuing work on the Inclusive Green Economy plus we profile one of our Environmental Champions, pioneering aviator Bertrand Piccard


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2016
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Our Planet: The Environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda
United Nations Environment Programme

This special edition of Our Planet for UNEA-2 is entitled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda'. In this issue, policy-makers, civil society leaders and distinguished stakeholders explore the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As always there are interesting articles from a long list of insightful contributors as well as an article from Environmental Champion and actor, Leonardo di Caprio. There are reflective words from UNEP's Executive Director Achim Steiner and a special piece on UNEA-2 from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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2016
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Our Planet: Making Our Future Chemical-Safe
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Chemicals are used in almost every area of the world economy. The future of sustainable development is therefore inseparable from the way chemicals are managed from their design to production, use and disposal. In this issue of Our Planet, distinguished policy makers and experts highlight how addressing sound management of chemicals and waste is at the core of addressing the sustainable development issues of today. They urge all stakeholders to commit to a chemical-safe future for health, environment and economic growth.


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2015
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Our Planet: Global Climate Action
United Nations Environment Programme

The momentum towards a low-carbon economy is unstoppable. This is the year in which the world not only decided that growth must be sustainable, equitable and low carbon, but also took crucial strides towards the inclusive, green economy. This issue of Our Planet highlights the measures various governments and other stakeholders have taken towards a low-carbon economy. Emphasis is given on the need for accelerated progress towards this change. Most encouraging is that the push for low carbon, sustainable growth is gathering momentum in the financial sector. Governments as well as the private sector now have a better understanding of the links between environmental, social and financial performance. It is now up to the governments to deliver the deal that ensures that the change towards a low-carbon economy occurs in time.


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2015
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Our Planet: Healthy planet, healthy people
United Nations Environment Programme

Perhaps nowhere is the importance of a well-managed environment as clear as in human health”, write Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a joint editorial of the latest issue of Our Planet. This issue demonstrates, through contributions from leading authors, how environmental risk factors such as pollution, chemical contamination and climate change bring diseases and death. It further emphasizes the importance of reducing environmental threats in order to improve human health. Relevant work carried out by UNEP and its partners in this area is also highlighted


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2015
Our Planet
Our Planet: Time for global action
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

As we move towards the historic post-2015 summit at the 70th UN General Assembly next September, governments will be expected to adopt a transformational sustainable development agenda, including the finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals. This issue of Our Planet emphasizes the importance of an integrated and universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda. The SDGs are based on three principles: 1) leaving no-one behind (in terms of poverty alleviation and development)||2) ensuring equity and dignity for all||3) achieving prosperity within the Earth's safe and restored operating space. Our Planet also carries articles from leading authors on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, as well as highlighting relevant work that UNEP has been carrying out in relation to the SDGs.


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2015
Our Planet
Our Planet: small island developing states
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The magazine of the United Nations Environment Programme


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2014
Our Planet
Our Planet: The First United Nations Environment Assembly
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The first ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the core theme of this issue of Our Planet. Sustainable Development Goals, the need to decouple economic growth from natural resource depletion and the way forward within the context of the Post-2105 Development Agenda are all robustly discussed in this edition’s feature articles. With contributions from experts in sustainable development, the topics range from the role cities can take in lowering their carbon footprint, through progress in environmental planning in China, to Africa’s opportunities to develop its renewable energy sources. Three inspiring innovations relating to sustainable development are also covered along with UNEP’s latest publications and a section on the organization’s dedicated goodwill ambassadors.


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2014
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Our Planet: climate for life
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The interaction between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas are the focus of this issue of Our Planet. Protected areas are important carbon storage facilities, so their maintenance and expansion is a key contributor to mitigating climate change. Protected areas also supply many essentials required to sustain humankind. By protecting biodiversity, we also protect ourselves. In addition to featuring thought-provoking articles from 11 eminent contributors, the issue also highlights work UNEP is undertaking related to climate change mitigation—such as mapping non-timber values of forests in great ape habitat—and showcases recent innovations in environmental conservation. Paul McCartney, former Beatles star, is the environmental champion of this Our Planet||here, he discusses his long-held environmental interests and his passionate stance on reducing meat consumption.


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2014