Book/Report
Strengthening the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: Revision and Implementation
United Nations Environment Programme

The present document is aimed at supporting and enhancing a better understanding of seven key biodiversity conventions, namely the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Convention on Migratory Species), the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the International Plant Protection Convention in the context of
updating/revising/reviewing the NBSAPs and their subsequent implementation.


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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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Handbook/manual
Directory: Committee of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Environment Programme

Committee of Permanent Representatives Directory


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Assessment report
Large marine ecosystems: A global comparative assessment of baseline status and future trends. Volume 4
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

Volume 4 presents the results of the first global indicator-based, comparative assessment of large marine ecosystems, prepared in partnership with IOC-UNESCO (lead), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of West Indies (Cave Hill) Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP) University of California Santa Barbara, Dalhousie University, the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), the University of British Columbia Sea Around Us (UBC SAU), the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC), and a number of independent experts. An assessment of the Western Pacific Warm Pool, based on a sub-set of the indicators, is included.


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Guideline
The adaptation knowledge initiative
United Nations Climate Change Sectretariat, United Nations Environment Programme

The Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP) serves as a
knowledge mechanism on adaptation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC). The NWP facilitates and catalyses the development and dissemination of information and knowledge
to inform and support adaptation policies and practices. As a knowledge hub, the NWP provides unique
opportunities for relevant institutions, processes, resources and expertise to respond to adaptation knowledge
needs. Over the past 9 years, the NWP has built extensive and strong partnerships with international, regional and
national partner organizations working on various aspects of climate change adaptation


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Periodical/Newsletter
Africa Office Newsletter
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

Newsletter


Download: Africa Office_NEWSLETTER _SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016.pdf
Book/Report
Towards a performance framework for a sustainable financial system
United Nations Environment Programme

This paper is intended to provide a unifying set of principles for describing a “sustainable financial system”, one that is aligned to the long-term needs of a dynamic, inclusive, sustainable economy, and ideally a method for measuring the relative sustainability of different financial systems: a “Performance Framework”.


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Book/Report
Global Report on the Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint
United Nations Environment Programme

This report provides a global overview on the progress of countries in passing laws and regulations that limit the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of lead paints. It also illustrates a range of legal approaches that attempt to limit the use of lead-containing paint. In so doing, it becomes a valuable reference for countries seeking to establish their own laws and regulations on lead in paint.


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Book/Report
Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions: Sources and Solutions
United Nations Environment Programme, International Environment Technology Centre, GRID-Arendal, International Solid Waste Association

Mountains play an essential role in supplying water, energy, food and other services to millions of people living in the mountains and downstream. Ensuring the continued supply of these services has never been more important. However, many mountain regions are experiencing a growing solid waste problem, from ever-expanding urban sprawls and cities, increasing consumption patterns, existing and past mining operations, tourism activities and practises of illegal dumping. The good news is that there are many options available to prevent and manage waste in mountain environments, in ways that protect mountain ecosystems and people, and prevent problems from migrating downstream. This report highlights both the challenges and the solutions for sound waste management in mountain regions.


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Summary
Financing the Future: Report of the Italian National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme, Italy, Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea

This report a) sets out the global and national landscape in terms of the challenge of financing sustainable development, with a focus on the environmental dimension; b) explores two of the key priorities that cut across the different parts of the financial system: risk analysis and reporting; c) looks at the experience of and potential for sustainable finance in banking, capital markets, insurance, institutional investment and public finance; and d) examines how progress toward sustainable finance can best be measured and concludes with the set of recommendations for further action.


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