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
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
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
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
Reports and Books
Compendium of Recycling and Destruction Technologies for Waste Oils
United Nations Environment Programme

Waste oil (used oil) is a growing hazardous waste stream closely linked with rapid industrialization and increased automobile use. Recycling and disposal of waste oils is feasible and will not only avoid the negative impacts on human health and the environment but also help to conserve finite resources. A compendium of recycling and destruction technologies for waste oils has been developed.


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2012
Reports and Books
Belarus Country Report: EEA
European Environment Agency

This report has been developed within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument to help develop a project “Shared Environmental Information Systems” (ENPI-SEIS project) in the Republic of Belarus. The project is aimed at the modernization, simplification, collection, exchange and application of data and information essential for the development and implementation of effective environmental policy.


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2012
GEO
State of the Environment Report: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The purpose of this Report is to give an overview of key data on the state of theenvironment of BiH. The Report presents a comprehensive overview of the state of the environment and trends, pressures and their effect on the environment, initiators of those pressures, as well as existing initiatives for resolution of environmental issues. In addition to evaluation of the complete state of the environment, the Report gives an evaluation of efficiency of the applied environmental protection measures, and identifies key issues for protection and improvement of the state of the environment.


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2012
Reports and Books
Ireland’s Environment: An Assessment
Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland

This fifth EPA State of Environment report provides an integrated assessment of the overall quality of Ireland’s environment, the pressures being placed on it and the societal responses to current and emerging environmental issues. The EPA State of Environment reports are important milestones for Ireland, as they provide a snapshot of the environment at a particular point, as well as showing trends and changes in the environment over time.


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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
Reports and Books
Comprehensive options assessment for sustainable development of infrastructure
United Nations Environment Programme

Comprehensive Options Assessment (COA) can play a critical role towards sustainable development by ensuring that societal needs are met by the most appropriate solutions with minimum impact to the environment. Thus environmental impacts are considered and addressed early as the development measures are selected. As such COA is gaining importance in development planning and complements strategic environmental impact assessment. It is particularly relevant in the planning and development of infrastructure.


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2012