Reports and Books
Assessing Environmental Impacts: A Global Review of Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides an overview of the current status of national legislation and institutional arrangements of relevance to EIAs and SEAs across the globe, as well as emerging issues and trends. It does this primarily through providing examples from a wide selection of countries of their EIA/SEA arrangements and in relation to the different steps of the EIA/SEA processes. These steps include: (1) Screening; (2) Scoping and Impact Analysis; (3) Review of the EIA/SEA report; (4) Decision-making; (5) Follow-up and Adaptive Management and (6) Public Participation as a cross-cutting issue.


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2018

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Reports and Books, Manuals and Guides
Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-efficient Lighting - U4E Policy Guide Series
United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Facility, United for Efficiency (U4E)

This guide offers an overview of the key elements required to transform a national appliance market towards more energy-efficient products through the application of the U4E Integrated Policy Approach. It is cross-cutting for all United for Efficiency priority products including lighting, refrigerators, air conditioners, distribution transformers and electric motors.


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2017
Reports and Books, Manuals and Guides
A Framework for Freshwater Ecosystem Management Volume 2: Technical Guide for Classification and Target-setting
United Nations Environment Programme

The main aim of the Framework for Freshwater Ecosystem Management series is to support countries to sustainably manage freshwater ecosystems. The overall aim of this volume is to provide countries with guidance on selected aspects of the Framework for Freshwater Ecosystem Management, particularly in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The main objective is to initiate and contribute to national-level discussions to support implementation. It outlines the main issues for consideration, provides examples, and notes links to relevant SDG targets and indicators.


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2017
Factsheets, Reports and Books
2017 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement
United Nations Environment Programme

The 2017 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement provides an up-to-date overview of the scale and type of sustainable procurement activities undertaken worldwide in the past three years. It addresses a longstanding need of stakeholders to access reliable and comprehensive information on activities and organizations involved in this critical organizational function.


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2017
Reports and Books
Accelerating Sustainable Development in Africa: Country Lessons from Applying Integrated Approaches
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme

This report illustrates how policy makers, government staff and development practitioners can start putting in place what the former UN Secretary General called: “a practical twenty-first century development model that connects the dots among the key issues of our time: poverty reduction; job generation; inequality; climate change; environmental stress; water energy and food security.”Livelihoods, poverty reduction efforts and economic growth in Africa are highly dependent on the quality and availability of natural resources, and are thus extremely vulnerable to degradation of those resources and to climate change. Development efforts hence need to equally embrace economic, social and environmental sustainability as emphasized in the recently adopted ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ as well as ‘Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want’.


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2017
Reports and Books
The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017. Wastewater: The Untapped Resource
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Development Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Water Assessment Programme

The 2017 World Water Development Report shows that improved wastewater management is as much about reducing pollution at the source, as removing contaminants from wastewater flows, reusing reclaimed water and recovering useful by-products. Together, these four actions generate social, environmental and economic benefits for all society, contributing to overall well-being and health, water and food security, and sustainable development.


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2017
Reports and Books
The Emissions Gap Report 2017: A UN Environment Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

The eighth UN Environment Emissions Gap Report provides an up-to-date scientific assessment of the global progress towards the emissions reductions required to be on track to meet the long-term goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The overall conclusion of the assessment is that government and other stakeholder’s emissions reduction commitments are far from the level of ambition required for an emissions pathway consistent with staying below a 2°C, let alone a 1.5°C, temperature increase.


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2017
Reports and Books
A Review of International Financial Standards as they Relate to Sustainable Development
United Nations Environment Programme

This report seeks to investigate the financial standards and further to consider to what extent they currently relate to sustainable development, how they can support and solidify the various G20 policy commitments and the evolving country-level regulations and industry activities in a way that builds on the synergies that already exist.


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2017

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