Policy and Strategy Documents
UNEP and Indigenous Peoples: A Partnership in Caring for the Environment: Policy Guidance: November 2012
United Nations Environment Programme

The objective of this Policy Guidance to UNEP is to better understand and build on the Indigenous Peoples’ rights, knowledge, practices and systems that provide the framework for the harmonious relations that most Indigenous Peoples have with their environment. Furthermore, this Policy Guidance aims to ensure that United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) appropriately considers Indigenous Peoples in its activities, with the understanding that UNEP does not speak in the name of or represent Indigenous Peoples.


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2012
Reports and Books
Human Rights and the Environment Rio+20: Joint Report OHCHR and UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

This report seeks to make a substantive contribution to Rio+20 through an analysis of the interrelationship between human rights and the environment, both integral and indivisible elements of sustainable development. This linkage is central to efforts to move towards a green economy and to sustainable approaches to food, energy and water security.


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2012
Policy and Strategy Documents
Trade and Environment Briefings: Export Restrictions - Policy Brief 2
United Nations Environment Programme, International Trade Center (ITC), International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Natural resources – in the form of finite resources such as minerals and energy, and renewable natural resources such as agricultural commodities (including biofuels), timber, fish, leather and forest products – are increasingly in demand due to rising wealth and a growing population. Trade is an essential means to secure access to resources, not least as they are unevenly distributed across the globe, and no single country is entirely self-sufficient.


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2012
Summaries
Greening the blue helmets: Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

This is the executive summary of the Greening the Blue Helmets report. The report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how peacekeeping operations affect and are affected by natural resources and environmental conditions. At the same time, the report also highlights the positive efforts that have been undertaken to reduce the environmental impacts of UN peacekeeping operations. This report shows that peacekeeping operations not only have important natural resource implications, as well as significant impacts on the environment, but also that natural resources are often a fundamental aspect of conflict resolution, livelihoods and confidence-building at the local level. The report is divided into two main parts. Part 1 reviews the environmental management of peacekeeping operations and showcases good practices, technologies and behaviours that have already been adopted. Part 2 examines the role that peacekeeping operations have played in stabilizing countries where violent conflicts have been financed by natural resources – including diamonds, gold, timber and oil – or driven by grievances over their ownership, access and control. It has been developed by UNEP in consultation with a number of international experts and nongovernmental organizations.


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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
GEO
Global Environment Outlook 5 for local government: solving global problems locally
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides an assessment of the state and trends of the global environment in relation to internationally agreed goals||evaluates the gaps and barriers in their implementation||and provides policy options that have the potential to speed-up realization of these goals.


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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
Application of the Sustainability Assessment of Technologies Methodology: Guidance Manual, Nov 2012
United Nations Environment Programme

When making decisions on investments, economic considerations often takes precedence over environmental and social factors. This may lead to unsustainable decisions and investments.The SAT methodology guidance manual aims at providing decision makers with the right analysis to select the appropriate technology, from a combined economic, social, environmental and technical perspective.


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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
Our Planet
Our Planet: bridging gaps, are you?
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine for environmentally sustainable development.


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2012